Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Mike LaLuna improved to 2-3 on the season with a nice start in the Tigers 8-1 win over Tri-City. The win completed a doubleheader sweep in which LaLuna gave up just two hits and four walks with four strikeouts in five shutout innings.
Michael Rockett went four for four and he scored three runs in the win. Eric Roof went two for four with a grand slam.
Oneonta proved victorious in the first game of their doubleheader with Tri-City. Cory Hamilton had a really nice start and he improved to 3-1. He gave up three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Michael Torrealba struck out the final two batters of the game and he picked up his first save of the season.
Carmelo Jaime went two for three with two RBIs. Alexis Espinoza went one for three with a run and an RBI.
The Tigers went into the eighth inning down 7-2 and while they made a game of it by scoring four runs in the final four frames, it wasn’t enoughas they fell a run short in the 7-6 loss. Clemente Mendoza took the loss and he fell to 3-2. He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
John Murrian went three for five wit a triple in the loss. Michael Rockett tripled twice, drove in two and scored two runs.
Talk about a hard luck loss. The Tigers came back from three down to take a 4-3 and eventually a 6-3 lead only to see the pen implode in the ninth for five runs. Kevan Hess, who was in line for his second win, threw four shutout innings before Kenny Faulk was tagged for four runs in the ninth as he fell to 0-1.
Christpher Sedon went one for four with a triple, two runs and three RBIs. Michael Rockett went two for four with a double and an RBI.
The Oneonta Tigers lost 3-2 to Mahoning Valley despite a solid start by Adam Wilk. He gave up one run on four hits and one walk with a strikeout in five innings. Mike LaLuna gave up two runs in the eighth and he fell to 1-2 on the season.
Eric Roof belted a solo home run, his first of the season. John Murrian singled and drove in a run in his lone at bat.
When the dust settled on this one, the Tigers ended up with a 10-8 loss to Mahoning Valley in a game where the two teams combined for 25 hits. Wade Kapteyn gave up two unearned runs and he took the loss to fall to 0-1 while Cory Hamilton was the standout on the mound. He gave up two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Jimmy Gulliver went two for four with a walk, three RBIs and a run. Carmelo Jaime went three for five with a double and a run.
Alexis Espinoza was one of the hitting stars in Oneonta’s 8-4 win over Auburn. He went three for five with a home run and three RBIs. Rawley Bishop went two for five with an RBI and two runs.
Luis Sanz picked up the win and he improved to 1-2. He gave up four runs on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts in seven innings. Wade Kapteyn pitched two shutout innings and he picked up his first save of the season.
Oneonta’s pitching was about as good as you could ask as they held Tri-City scoreless in their double header. In game one, Adam Wilk threw three shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season. He gave up just four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Alexis Espinoza went two for three with a double and an RBI to lead the way at the plate in the 3-0 win.
The final for game two was the same as game one. Clemente Mendoza improved to 3-1 and he gave up five hits and a walk with two strikeouts in five innings.
There were plenty of hitting stars in the Tigers 13-4 win over Tri-City but Rawley Bishop was a notch above the rest. He went four for six with a home run, two RBIs and two runs. Jamie Johnson also had a big day and he went three for five with a triple, three RBIs and a run.
Nate Newman picked up the win and he improved to 2-1. He gave up three unearned runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
Oneonta lost not only their suspended game from last night, but they also dropped today’s game as they got their fill of baseball. Game one was a 3-2 loss in eleven innings. John Murrian led the way at the plate and he went three for four with a double and an RBI. Adam Wilk had a really nice start and he struck out seven and he gave up just one hit in five innings. Michael Torrealba dropped to 1-1 and while he did a solid job in three innings, he gave up the game winner in the eleventh.
Game two was a lot rougher. Gary Perinar was shelled for six runs in 1 1/3 innings and all three pitchers the Tigers threw out there were tagged for runs. Jamie Johnson was the hitting star and he went two for four with a double and two runs.
Oneonta scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and that gave the Tigers their first lead of the game. Fortunately it stuck and the Tigers walked away with a 5-4 win. Jamie Johnson went one for three with a walk and two runs. Michael Rockett tripled and he drove in two runs.
Jeff Gerbe was roughed up and he gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings in his start. Mike LaLuna was particulary impressive and he gave up just three hits and a walk with three strikeouts in three shutout innings. The win improved his record to 1-1. Kenny Faulk got the final two batters out and he picked up his third save of the season.
Clemente Mendoza improved to 2-1 on the season with a nice start in Oneonta’s 6-4 win over Aberdeen. He gave up a run on one hit with four strikeouts in six innings. Kenny Faulk got the final batter out and he picked up his second save of the season.
Michael Rockett went thee for five with a double and two RBIs. Luis Palacios went two for three with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI.
Rawley Bishop led the way at the plate for the Oneonta Tigers in their 8-2 win over Aberdeen. He went two for four with two doubles, a walk and three RBIs. Keith Hernandez also had a nice game and he went three for five with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Gary Perinar improved to 1-1 with a solid start. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.
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