Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Lakeland lost their season finale to the first place Clearwater Thrashers in an 11-2 blowout. Kevin Adroin finished up a tough season that saw him demoted from Erie to Lakeland, where he finished 0-3. He gave up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings.
Deik Scram provided most of the offense in the loss. He went two for four with a double, a triple and he drove in both Lakeland runs.
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.
It’s been a pretty rough second half for the Flying Tigers and their woes continued with a 4-3 loss to Tampa. Derek Witt took the loss and he fell to 2-1. He gave up one run on one hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
Jeffrey Kunkel had a team high three hits and he scored a run. Deik Scram reached base three times with two singles and a walk.
Lakeland lost again and it was Kevin Adroin who took the loss. He fell to 0-2 and he gave up four runs on six hits and four walks with one strikeout in three innings.
Deik Scram was the hittin star in the 8-2 loss. He went two for four with a double and a walk.
Lakeland got back to losing as they were held to five hits in a 3-1 loss to Dunedin. Ovandy Suero doubled and he scored the only run of the game for the Tigers.
Lucas French fell to 5-13 with the loss. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings.
Kyle Sleeth picked up his first win since he joined Lakeland in a nice start in the Flying Tigers 2-1 win over Dunedin. He gave up just two hits and he struck out eight in five shutout innings.
Maxwell Leon was the hitting star in the win. He went two for three with a double and a run.
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.
Kevin Adroin dropped his first decision since getting demoted to Lakeland in a tough start. He gave up five runs on five hits and three walks with two strikouts in just two innings in the 12-2 loss. Gabriel Benitez was hammered for seven runs in three innings.
Deik Scram was the hitting star in the loss. He went one for three with a double, a walk and two runs.
Lakeland can’t buy a win these games and in this one their offense completely disappeared. Four singles were all the hitters could manage and not one person could draw a walk.
A nice start by Lucas French went to waste. He dropped to 5-12 and he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.
Lakeland couldn’t get much done at the plate as they were held to just three hits in a 7-1 loss to Sarasota. Ryan Roberson had the only extra base hit with a double and he also scored the only run for Lakeland.
Kyle Sleeth was hit hard and he fell to 0-7. He gave up six runs on ten hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five innings.
Jeremy Lewis gave up a run in the tenth inning as Lakeland lost yet again to Sarasota 4-3. Freddy Dolsi gave up the tying run in the top of the ninth and it was unfortunate because a nice start by Angel Castro went to waste. He gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in seven innings.
Justin Justice went two for three with a triple, a walk and a run. Rafael Mendez finished the game three for four.
Lakeland hasn’t won in over a week now as the lost to Fort Myers 9-4. Lucas French was shelled and he gave up six runs (five earned) on twelve hits and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings of work. The loss dropped him to 5-11.
Maxwell Leon was the hitting star in the loss. He went two for five with a double and two RBIs.
Lakeland didn’t have to play a doubleheader but the end result was the same as the lost another one to Clearwater 4-2. Ovandy Suero tripled and scored a run while Maxwell Leon singled, scored and drove in a run.
Kyle Sleeth dropped to 0-5 with a rough start. He gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
For the second straight day, Lakeland was swept in a doubleheader by Clearwater as the Flying Tigers offense sputtered once again. In the first game, Lakeland lost 2-1 despite a solid start by Angel Castro. He gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Deik Scram had two hits and he drove in the lone run with a solo homerun.
Game two was a 3-2 loss. Gabriel Benitez fell to 1-6 and he gave up two runs on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Dusty Ryan went two for two with an RBI and a walk.
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.
Lakeland had another tough game and while they picked up eleven hits, they only pushed two runners across the plate. Justin Justice went three for four with a double and an RBI while Mark Haske singled three times in the 8-2 loss.
Jeremy Lewis took the loss and he fell to 0-2. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings of relief.
Lakeland couldn’t get much going at the plate in their 5-1, rain shortened loss to Vero Beach. Mark Haske drove in the only run for Lakeland and Deik Scram reached base three times with a single and two walks.
Lucas French fell to 5-10 with a tough start. He gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with one strikeout in five innings of work.
Justin Justice scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for Lakeland. Up to that point, Maxwell Leon had been the most productive hitter. He went four for five with a double and two RBIs. Daniel Worth doubled three times and he drove in a run.
Freddy Dolsi improved to 5-3 with the win despite giving up three ninth inning runs to tie the game up in the top of the ninth. Kyle Sleeth gave up three runs in six innings in his start.
Angel Castro improved to 4-1 on the season with a fantastic start in Lakeland’s 6-1 win over Vero Beach. He gave up four walks and he struck out three in eight innings of no-hit ball.
Justin Justice was the hitting star in the win. He went three for four with two doubles, an RBI and two runs. Dusty Ryan went three for three with three RBIs and a run.
Lakeland took care of St. Lucie 9-6 in a nice team effort. Eight different hitters scored and Cameron Maybin led the way with a single, a double an RBI and a run. It very well could have been his last hit for Lakeland because Maybin got promoted to Erie. He won’t get to play today because Erie was rained out.
Eleazar Aponte improved to 5-8 with a nice start. He gave up three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in six innings of work.
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