Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Nate Robertson was showcased in his rehab start in game one of Erie’s doubleheader with Altoona because he came within an inning of pitching a double header shortened no-hitter. He gave up just one walk with six strikeouts in six innings before hitting his pitch count and coming out of the game before Altoona rallied for three runs to at least put themselves on the board. Mike Hollimon went two for two with a double, a triple, two walks, three RBIs and two runs in the 12-3 win.
In game two, it was Dallas Trahern’s turn and he threw a nice game to win his ninth game of the season. He gave up one run on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in the seven inning complete game. Clete Thomas was the hitting star and he went two for three with a double, an RBI and a run.
Andrew Kown improved to 2-3 on the season with a nice start in Erie’s 6-0 win over Portland. He gave up just four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five shutout innings.
Jackson Melian went two for four and he drove in three runs. Mike Holliman went two for three with an RBI and two runs.
A pretty good start by Jeffrey Gerbe went to waste in a 7-2, ten inning loss to the Fisher Cats. Gerbe gave up two runs in six innings and it was Danny Zell who took the loss when he gave up two of the five runs in the tenth.
Mike Hollimon went two for six with two doubles and a run. Matthew Joyce went two for five with a solo homerun.
Dallas Trahern had established himself as one of the top pitching prospects for the Tigers right after Andrew Miller but he took a step back in a pretty rough start against the River Cats. He was tagged for eight runs on twelve hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Mike Hollimon was the hitting star in the 8-4 loss. He went four for five with two doubles, two RBIs and a run.
Erie got plenty of hitting in their 8-5 win over Portland, but it was Erick Almonte who played a role in half of those eight runs. He went two or four with a double, three RBIs and a run. Jeff Larish hit a three run homer and Mike Hollimon went two for four with a double, a walk and three runs.
Jonathan Connolly was tagged for five runs and he was gone before finishing the fourth inning. Matthew Righter picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of solid relief.
Dallas Trahern improved to 8-1 on the season with another nice start. He gave up one run on six hits and six strikeouts in eight innings. Trahern has been the model of consistency. He’s given up more then three or more runs in only two starts and in all but one start where he threw five innings, he’s gone at least six innings.
Michael Hollimon had a nice day at the plate. He went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Jeff Larish went three for four with two doubles and an RBI.
Eddie Bonine was roughed up in his start for Erie in their 8-7 loss to Binghamton. He gave up seven runs on eleven hits and one walk in just four innings. Oddly, he didn’t take the loss because Erie got the bats going. Jonathan Connolly threw four solid innings of relief and he gave up just one run but that was the deciding run so he dropped to 2-3 on the season.
Michael Hollimon was the hitting star in the loss. He went two for three with a homerun, four RBIs.
The Seawolves came close but they dropped both of their games in a doubleheader with Pittsburgh. In the first game, Dallas Trahern had his worst start of the season and he gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Matthew Joyce and Jeff Larish each had two hits including a homerun and each drove in two runs.
Game two was a pitcher’s duel with a solid start by Andrew Kown being wasted. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. The offense managed just two hits and Michael Holliman drew a walk and he scored the only run of the game.
The Seawolves topped Harrisburg 5-4 and Matthew Joyce had a big day at the plate. He went two for four with a double, a homerun and three RBIs. Michael Holliman went two for five and he scored a run.
Eddie Bonine had a nice start and he improved to 4-1 on the season. He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in eight innings.
While Andrew Kown threw a decent game and gave up just one run in four innings, reliever Matther Righter really shined. He gave up three hits and he struck out five in three solid innings.
Erick Almonte had a nice game at the plate. He went two for four with a homerun and two runs scored. Mike Holliman also got it done at the plate and he went two for four with a double, an RBI and two runs.
The Seawolves got eight great innings for Eddie Bonine today in their 2-1 win over the Thunder. He gave up just one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Kevin Adroin picked up the win with two shutout innings to close out the game.
Erick Almonte hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to put Erie on the board. Michael Holliman scored the game winner when he scored on a passed ball in the tenth inning.
Michael Holliman singled home Matthew Joyce in the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Sea Wolves in a 5-4 come from behind win. Earlier in the inning, Joyce had doubled home Andres Torres to tie the game up. Torres finished the game as the hitting star. He went three for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Jair Jurrjens threw a nice game but he didn’t pick up the decision. He gave up three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in seven solid innings. Matthew Rusch picked up the win with a shutout ninth.
Michael Holliman only had one hit in Erie’s 9-4 win over Akron but he definitely was a producer in the game. The one hit was a three run homer and Holliman also walked and scored another run. He’s now hitting .318 and while the switch hitter is a bit older for prospect (he’ll be 25 in June), he’s getting it done at least at the Double A level. The most impressive stat is his 9/13 strikeout to walk ratio so far this season and as a 16th round draft pick, this kid is a potential sleeper. In each of his two previous minor league seasons, he’s had at least 10 doubles, triples and homers.
Eddie Bonine picked up the win. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 inning.
Jeffrey Larish had a monster game for the Sea Wolves in their 11-6 win over Bowie. He went three for five with a double, a homerun and six RBIs. Michael Holliman continued to hit the ball well and he went one for three with a double, two walks, two RBIs and two runs.
Eulogio De La Cruz pickd up the win and he improved to 2-1. He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in seven innings.
Dallas Trahern had another nice start and he gave up just one run on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He improved to 2-0 and he’s given up just one earned run in 12 1/3 innings. Even more impressive is he’s walked just one batter. John Sickels called him a breakout candidate and so far, he’s nailed this one.
Kody Kirkland and Jackson Melian drove in two runs a piece in the 6-1 win. Michael Holliman went three for five with a double and two runs.
The Seawolves picked up nine hits and three walks but they pushed only two runners across the plate in a 6-2 loss to Harrisburg. Clete Thomas went two for four with a double and a run and Michael Holliman had two singles and a run.
Eddie Bonine was roughed up in his start. He took the loss and he gave up three runs on four hits in five innings. Matthew Rusch was also hit hard and he gave up three runs in just 2 1/3 innings.
Erie finally played their first game and it was an impressive 8-0 shutout. Dallas Trahern threw six shutout innings and he gave up six hits with three strikeouts to pick up the win.
Jeffrey Larish had a big game at the plate. He went three for four with a homerun, four RBIs and two runs. Michael Holliman had a triple, two walks and three runs in the win.
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