Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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There were plenty of hitting stars in the Hens 11-10 win over Buffalo but Scott Sizemore led the pack with two home runs. He belted a two run shot in the eighth and then he hit belted the game winner with a solo shot in the ninth. Brent Clevlen also had a nice game and he went three for four with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. In all, the Hens picked up five home runs in the contest.
Josh Rainwater gave up two ninth inning runs but he was in the right place at the right time to pick up the win. He improved to 1-3. Brooks Brown had a rough start and he gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Eddie Bonine improved to 2-4 on the season with a nice start in the Hens 5-3 win over Buffalo. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with one strikeout in eight innings. Josh Rainwater pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his second save of the season.
Jeff Larish had a nice day at the plate. He went two for four with a home run and two RBIs. Brent Dlugach went three for four with a double and a run.
A solid start by Chris Lambert went to waste in the Hens 8-1 loss to Columbus. He gave up a run on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings. Josh Rainwater made his Toledo debut and he fell to 0-1. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks with a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.
The Hens couldn’t get much done at the plate and what’s funny is the Clippers have some of the best pieces of the 2007 Indians team that almost made the World Series. Both Fausto Carmona and Rafael Betancourt threw in this game. Wilkin Ramirez was able to get something done and he went three for three with a walk and a solo home run.
The SeaWolves had a twin billing today and they lost them both. Game one went ten innings and Jay Sborz took the loss when he gave up a tenth inning run. Brett Jensen gave up a run in the sixth and that was what put the game into extra frames. Alex Avila went two for five with a double, a run and two RBIs. Danny Worth went two for four with a double and two runs.
Game two turned into a one run pitchers duel in a game where the two teams combined for just six hits. Shawn Roof doubled and that was the only extra base hit. Josh Rainwater took the loss despite a very nice start. He gave up a run on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings.
There’s nothing like overcoming a 9-1 deficit and that’s just what Erie did earlier tonight. There were plenty of hitting stars in the SeaWolves 12-9 win over the Curve but Shawn Roof was a notch above the rest. He went four for five with two triples, five RBIs and two runs. Maxwell Leon went four for five with a double, two RBIs and two runs.
Jon Kibler was pummelled for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings. Josh Rainwater pitched two shutout innings of relief and he improved to 2-0 while Cody Satterwhite pitched a shutout ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season.
The SeaWolves lost to the Curve today and it was Jonah Nickerson who was knocked around. He fell to 0-2 and he gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Rainwater also had a tough time and he gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Jeff Frazier went three for four with a double in the 6-4 loss. Maxwell Leon went two for four with a double and an RBI.
Josh Rainwater was roughed up and he fell to 7-5 in the SeaWolves 10-1 loss. He gave up nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Santo De Leon went two for four with an RBI. William Rhymes went three for five and all three hits were singles.
Erie blew out Binghamton 8-2 in the first game of their doubleheader. Pedro Cotto went two for three with a double, two RBIs and a run. Ryan Roberson went one for three with a solo homer and two runs.
Josh Rainwater improved to 7-4 with a nice start. He gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout in 6 1/3 innings.
William Rhymes drove in two with a triple in the top of the ninth inning as the SeaWolves turned a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win. Dusty Ryan also had a nice game and he went two for four with a solo homer.
Josh Rainwater had a solid start in his no-decision. He gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits with a strikeout in six innings. Brendan Wise pitched a shutout eighth inning and he improved to 1-0.
Anthony Tomey gave up a run in the bottom of the eighth inning and he took the loss as Erie dropped their game with Harrisburg 4-3. This was after a mediocre start by Josh Rainwater, who gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with a strikeout in five innings.
Maxim St. Pierre singled, drew two walks and scored twice. Kody Kirkland singled and drove home two runs.
Three late runs weren’t enough as Erie fell to Bowie 6-5. Josh Rainwater took the loss and he fell to 2-1. He gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Freddy Guzman singled, doubled and drove in two runs in the loss. Jeff Frazier went two for four with a walk and a run.
Erie topped Harrisburg 3-2 and it was William Rhymes that had the big hit of the game. His three run homer in the third inning was all the SeaWolves got it but it was enough for the win. Freddy Guzman pitched in with a triple, a single and he scored on the homer.
Josh Rainwater improved to 2-0 with a nice start. He gave up one run on three hits with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Erie took two today in two very different games over Bowie. The first game was a pitcher’s dual in which Benjamin Fritz threw six solid innings. He gave up one run on seven hits with two strikeouts while Josh Rainwater picked up the win with a shutout inning in the eighth inning. Jeff Frazier went two for three with two walks while Wilkin Ramirez belted a solo shot.
In the second game, Erie’s pitching wasn’t nearly as good but they piled on the offense. Freddy Guzman tripled and he drove in four runs while Maxim St. Pierre doubled, drove in three and scored a run. Anthony Tomey was the least effective pitcher and he gave up three runs in three innings but he was the one who picked up the win.
Lakeland finally picked up a win although it wasn’t without it’s troubles and they managed just a split in their doubleheader with Clearwater. Game one was the win and it was a 5-4 game. Cale Iorg went two for four with a double and three RBIs while Deik Scram doubled twice and scored two runs.
Josh Rainwater picked up the win with three solid innings of relief. He gave up one run on four hits and three walks with one strikeout.
The month of August has not been kind to Lakeland. They lost their sixth straight game and they’ve lost fourteen of their last fifteen as they continue to sit well in the cellar of the second half standings. This time it was a ten inning loss that saw Josh Rainwater give up the losing run in the tenth inning.
Maxwell Leon went three for four with a double, a walk and a run. Shawn Roof went two for four with two RBIs in the 4-3 loss.
Things didn’t go well for Lakeland in their first of two doubleheaders against Clearwater. In the first game, the Flying Tigers were shutout on six hits. Maxwell Leon went two for three and Eleazar Aponte took the loss despite a decent start. He gave up two runs on nine hits with two strikeouts in six innings of work.
Lakeland actually scored in the second game but the two runs weren’t enough in the 6-2 loss. Ovandy Suero went three for four with two runs and he also stole three bases to bring his season total up to 71. Josh Rainwater took the loss and he fell to 1-1. He gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Michael Hernandez belted two solo homeruns but it wasnt enough as Lakeland lost to Dunedin 4-3. He was the only Lakeland hitter with two hits in the game.
Josh Rainwater gave up three run in four innings of work. Gabriel Benitez gave up the losing run though and he took the loss.
Burke Badenhop and Josh Rainwater combined to throw a three hit shutout over Sarasota. Rainwater picked up the win and he didn’t give up a hit in his three innings of shutout relief.
Wilkin Ramirez singled home Daniel Worth in the bottom of the ninth and that was the only run for either side. No Flying Tiger had more then one hit and there were no extra base hits in the game.
The White Caps won 8-3 and James Skelton had a hand in half of those runs with a big day at the plate. He went two for three with a double and four RBIs. Audy Ciraco also had a big day and he went two for five with a double, a homerun, three RBIs and three runs.
Josh Rainwater improved to 7-2 on the season with a nice start. He gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
The White Caps played a tough doubleheader that saw them outscored 20-7 in the two games. In the first game, they picked up six runs but the pitching gave up thirteen. Jonah Nickerson was particularly hit hard and he dropped to 3-5 on the season. He gave up ten runs on eight hits and three walks in just 1 2/3 innings. Ryan Strieby was the hitting star. He went three for four with a double, a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.
In the second game, the offense was held to just one run on five hits in a 7-1 loss. Deik Scram went two for three with a double and an RBI. Josh Rainwater took the loss and he gave up three runs in four innings.
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