Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Dontrelle Willis picked up his first win for the Hens with a solid start. He gave up two runs on six hits and only two walks with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Freddy Dolsi pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his tenth save of the season.
Mike Gosse hit a two run home run in the 4-3 win. Mike Hessman went yard wth a solo shot.
The Hens couldn’t get anything going at the plate as they lost to the Indians 3-0. Mike Hessman singled and drew two walks and nobody reached base more then once.
Brooks Brown took the loss despite a solid start. He gave up three runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts in seven innings.
Scot Drucker improved to 8-3 on the season with a really nice start in the Hens 3-2 win over Indianapolis. He gave up two runs on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. Freddy Dolsi threw eight shutout innings and he picked up his eighth save of the season.
Mike Hessman went two for four with a double, a walk, two RBIs and a run. Don Kelly went two for five with a double, a run and two stolen bases.
Toledo turned around a 6-3 deficit and scored four unanswered runs in the late innings to pull out a 7-6 win over Indianapolis. Mike Hessman went three for four with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs while Will Rhymes went two for two with two walks, two runs and an RBI.
Eddie Bonine was roughed up in his start and he gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Simons picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief while Jeremy Bonderman threw a shutout eighth in which he struck out two but gave up two hits. Casey Fien pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his 14th save of the season.
The Hens came back from a 7-4 deficit to beat the Clippers 8-7. Brent Dlugach went three for three with a walk, a double, a triple and two runs. Scott Sizemore went two for four with double, a walk and two RBIs while Mike Hessman went two for five with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Hessman has finally found his stroke since the All Star Break. Prior to that, he had an OPS of .678 and since it’s .933. He’s also hit nine home runs since the break in 33 games versus 10 in 80 games prior to the break. August has been his best month (1.012 OPS) so hopefully he gives the Hens a strong finish.
Scott Drucker was hammered for seven runs in three innings. Zach Simons threw two shutout innings of relief and he improved to 2-0 while Casey Fien threw a shutout ninth to pick up save number twelve.
The Hens were down 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth but they capitalized on a throwing error to end up with a pair of runs to come from behind in a 3-2 win. Mike Hessman was the hitting star and he went two for four with a home run and two runs.
Ruddy Lugo had a nice start and he gave up one unearned run with seven strikeouts in six innings. Clay Rapada got the win with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning and he improved to 3-2 while Casey Fien got the final two outs to pick up his ninth save of the season.
Mike Hessman singled home Scott Sizemore in the bottom of the ninth as the Mud Hens narrowly beat Buffalo 3-2. They had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to do it and Max St. Pierre belted a solo home run to pitch in.
Eddie Bonine had a nice start in a no-decision. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. FreddyDolsi threw two shutout frames and he improved to 3-2.
Chris Lambert had one of his best starts of the season and he improved to 6-7 in the Hens 6-1 win over Buffalo. He gave up just one run on seven hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. The one run didn’t come until the ninth inning when it looked like Lambert might be running out of gas.
Don Kelly had a nice game and he went three for four with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two runs. Mike Hessman belted a solo shot and he fnished with two RBIs.
Chris Lambert had one of his better starts of the season as he held Indianapolis scoreless through six innings. He gave up just three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Ryan Perry was hit hard for two runs in two innings, but he picked up his third save of the season.
Wilkin Ramirez went three for four with a run and an RBI. Mike Hessman went two for four with a double and a run.
It’s bad enough when you pick up just two hits in a contest but it’s even worse when you get an extra inning and all you can still manage is a pair of hits. Mike Hessman drove in the lone run and he didn’t get a hit and Brent Dlugach singled and he scored the lone run.
A fantastic start by Brooks Brown went to waste. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Ron Chiavacci gave up the tenth inning run andhe fell to 1-5 on the season.
Brent Clevlen had a big day at the plate in the Hens 9-4 win over the Rochester Red Wings. He went three for four with three RBIs. Mike Hessman and Max St. Pierre also pitched in with home runs.
Brooks Brown picked up his first win of the season and he improved to 1-6. He gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
This was a tough one. The Hens got some offense going but the pen blew a three run lead in the ninth that sent the game into extra frames and then Rob Chiavacci gave up a run in the bottom of the eleventh as the Hens lost to the Bulls 6-5. A solid start by Chris Lambert went to waste. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Mike Hessman pushed his batting average a bit closer to the Mendoza line with a solid day at the plate. He went two for five with a double, a home run and two RBIs. Brent Dlugach went two for four with a two run blast.
Jeremy Bonderman looked like he was about ready to pitch for the Tigers as he was about as good as you could ask in the Hens 6-0 win over Charlotte. He gave up just six runs without a walk and he struck out five in eight shutout innings.
Marcus Thames showed some life with a solid game. He went two for three with a home run, two RBIs and two runs. Mike Hessman also pitched in with a two run shot.
Wilkin Ramirez had a big day at the plate but it wasn’t enough as the Hens lost to Charlotte 9-8. He went four for five with two homers, three RBIs and three runs. Mike Hessman went three for five with a double and a solo homer.
Freddy Dolsi gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth and he took the loss. This was after a mediocre start by Scott Drucker, who gave up four runs on twelve hits and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings.
The Hens lost to Lehigh Valley 5-3 and it was Ruddy Lugo who took the loss. He fell to 2-3 and he gave up four runs on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Mike Hessman had a big game at the plate. He doubled three times and drove in two runs. Don Kelly went two for two with two walks and two runs.
The Hens had a tough time at the plate in their 6-0 loss to Pawtucket and with just six hits, the team couldn’t put a single runnner across the place. Brent Clevlen had three of those hits with a double and two singles and the only other Hen to reach base twice was Mike Hessman with two walks. They did have to face Dice- K in a rehab outing but that’s only part of the reason because he threw just 2 2/3 innings.
Ruddy Lugo took the loss and he fell to 2-2. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and five walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
The Mud Hens picked up a win at the first every game at Huntington Park in Columbus this afternoon. Ruddy Lugo had a nice start and he improved to 2-0. He gave up one run on four hits and three walks with one strikeout in five innings. Joel Zumaya continued his rehab with two shutout innings and Casey Fien pitched two shutout innings to close things out for his second save of the season.
Mike Hessman doubled and drove in two runs in the 3-1 win. Danny Worth was a perfect four for four with a walk, an RBI and a run.
The Mud Hens continued their winning ways with a close one against the Bats. The Hens jumped out to a 4-0 lead but two in the eighth and one in the ninth by the Bats made this one a close one. Scott Drucker looked very good and he improved to 1-0. He gave up just three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Not a bad couple of starts for someone who wasn’t really on the Tigers propect radar.
Casey Fien gave up a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings to pick up save number one. Mike Hessman went three for five with an RBI in the 4-3 win while Ryan Raburn drew three walks, stole a base and scored twice.
Yorman Bazardo put a fitting end note on his disappointing season with the Mud Hens. He fell to 4-13 in the Hens 7-5 loss and he gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.
Freddy Guzman doubled, drove in two and scored a run in the loss and he stole his 56th base (71st between his two stops). Mike Hessman went two for five with two doubles, an RBI and a run (and of course, two strikeouts).
Virgil Vasquez’s troubles continued and he fell to 6-11 in the Hens 8-5 loss to Pawtucket. He gave up six runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings.
Mike Hessman belted two homers and he drove in three in the loss. We’ll miss his bat come Olympic time. Clete Thomas went two for four with a run.
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