Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Normally, eleven runs will cut it but the Flying Tigers lost 17-11 in a game that saw both teams combine for 30 hits. MIchael Bertram had a monster game and he went three for five with two homers and six RBIs.
Matt O’Brien fell to 5-7 with a tough start. He gave up seven runs on nine hits and a walk in just 1 1/3 innings. Of the three relievers that followed him, all gave up at least two earned runs.
Matt O’Brien improved to 5-1 on the season with another nice start in the Flying Tigers 6-1 win over Sarasota. He gave up one unearned run on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
Pedro Cotto belted a two run homer in the win. Louis Ott singled, drew a walk and scored twice.
The Flying Tigers had plenty of hitting stars in their 11-5 win over Dunedin but Brennan Boesch had a particularly big game. He went two for five with a triple, a homerun, four RBIs and two runs. Scott Sizemore was one of two hitters who had three hits and he scored three times.
Matt O’Brien improved to 4-1 on the season with a solid start. He gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings of work.
When the dust settled, Lakeland was beat down by Palm Beach 13-2 and seven of those runs came in the ninth inning. Matt O’Brien suffered his first loss of the season and he fell to 3-1. He gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Zach Simons gave up five runs on four hits and three walks in just 2/3 of an inning.
Brennan Boesch provided all of the Flying Tigers offense in this one. HE belted a two run homer in the fourth inning, and that was Lakeland got.
Matt O’Brien didn’t get the win, but he threw a nice game as Lakeland topped Tampa 1-0. He gave up just two hits with two strikeouts in six shutout innings. Jordan Tata picked up his first win with two shutout frames.
Scott Sizemore drove in the lone run of the game for either side. Shawn Roof singled and he scored the only run.
Jeramy Laster had a nice day at the plate as the Flying Tigers took care of Fort Myers 8-3. He went two for three with a walk, a double, a stolen base, two RBIs and a run. Brennan Boesch went two for three with a walk, an RBI and two runs.
Matt O’Brien picked up the win and he improved to 2-0. He gave up three runs on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Lakeland took care of Sarasota 6-2 and it was Michael Bertram who brought the big stick. He went two for three with a double and three RBIs. Scott Sizemore doubled, drove in two runs and scored.
Matt O’Brien improved to 1-0. He gave up two runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in six innings.
The White Caps failed to sweep their third straight playoff series of the season as Beloit took it to Matt O’Brien in an 8-5 loss. He gave up seven of the eight runs on ten hits with one strikeout in just 1 2/3 innings. Lauren Gagnier was impressive in relief though. He gave up just one run in 5 2/3 innings but he struck out nine.
Jeramy Laster doubled and drove in four runs. Gorkys Hernandez pitched in with two singles and an RBI.
The White Caps moved on to the Midwest League finals with some solid pitching from Matt O’Brien and a nice team effort at the plate. O’Brien gave up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits in five solid frames in the 6-3 win.
All six runs were driven in by different White Caps and only Jeramy Laster had more then one hit. It got the job done though. Gorkys Hernandez singled and he was the only hitter to both drive in and score a run.
Matt O’Brien made the most of his Triple A debut and pitched the Hens to a 6-2 win over Louisville. He gave up just a single run on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six solid frames.
David Espinosa was the hitting star in the win. He went two for four with a double, a homerun and three RBIs.
Matt O’Brien improved to 7-2 on the season with a nice start in the White Caps 7-2 win over Wisconsin. He gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Brennan Boesch went two for five with a run and an RBI. James Skelton singled, drew a walk, scored and drove in a run.
Gorkys Hernandez had a big day at the plate in the White Caps 7-3 win over Peoria. He went three for four with two doubles, a homerun and he scored three runs. James Skelton went two for three with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.
Matt O’Brien improved to 5-2 on the season with a nice start. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of work.
Matt O’Brien improved to 4-2 on the season with a nice start in the White Caps 4-0 win over Cedar Rapids. He gave up just four hits and he struck out seven in the win.
Ryan Strieby belted a solo homerun in the win. Audy Ciriaco doubled, drew a walk and scored a run.
Matt O’Brien dropped to 3-1 on the season with a tough start in the White Caps 8-6 loss to the Loons. He gave up six runs on eleven hits with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Audy Ciriaco had a big day at the plate. He went three for four with three doubles, two RBIs and two runs. Scott Sizemore went three for six with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
The White Caps edged Fort Wayne 5-4 and Gorkys Hernandez was the primary run producer. He went two for four with a triple, a homerun and four RBIs. Scott Sizemore also had a nice game and he went two for four with a double and two runs.
Matt O’Brien picked up the win and he improved to 3-0 on the season. He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings.
It looks like Matt O’Brien’s demotion to Single A was just what he needed because in his second consecutive start, he didn’t give up a run. He improved to 2-0 and he gave up six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in seven shutout innings.
The lone run of the game for both sides came in the first inning. Brennan Boesch singled home Scott Sizemore and that was it. Sizemore was the only White Cap hitter with two hits.
Matt O’Brien improved to 1-0 on the season with a fantastic start in the White Caps 4-0 win over the Dragons. He gave up five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in seven shutout innings.
Ryan Strieby went one for three with a walk and two RBIs. Brennan Boesch went one for five with a double, an RBI and a run.
The Flying Tigers lost both of their games in a twin billing against Tampa. In the first game, it was a lack of hitting that cost them in a 3-1 loss. Cameron Maybin doubled and he drove home the only run for Lakeland while Alfredo Figaro dropped to 0-3 when he gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
In the second game, Matt O’Brien was hit hard for five runs in 2 2/3 innings and he fell to 0-3 on the season in the 6-3 loss. Ovandy Suero was a perfect four for four and he racked up his 47th stolen base of the season. He was also caught for the eleventh time.
Matt O’Brien fell to 0-2 on the season with a rough start in Lakeland’s 6-2 loss to Brevard County. He gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings.
Cameron Maybin was one of two Lakeland hitters with two hits. He finished two for four with an RBI.
Lakeland lost to Tampa 8-3 but Cameron Maybin had a big day at the plate. He went two for five with two solo homers in the loss. The only other Flying Tiger to drive in a run was Mark Haske, who punched one in with a sac. fly.
Matt O’Brien was hit hard and he took the loss. He gave up seven runs on eight hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.
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