Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Justin Henry was one of the hitting stars in the White Caps 8-5 win over Wisconsin. He went two for five with a double, two runs and three RBIs. Chris Carlson also had a nice game and he went three for four with a double and two RBIs.
Alfredo Figaro had a rough start and he gave up four runs in five innings in a no decision. Paul Nardozzi improved to 4-5 with a perfect inning of relief.
The White Caps dismanted South Bend 10-4 last night with a lot of solid individual performances. Ron Bourquin doubled, drove in three and scored a run while Cory Middleton went two for four with a double, three RBIs and a run.
Lost in all the offense was a fantastic start by Paul Nardozzi. The righthander gave up just two hits with two strikeouts in five shutout innings.
The Wisconsin Rattlers scored four of their seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings as the White Caps lost 7-5. The bulk of the late inning damage came against Paul Nardozzi, who gave up the final three runs (just one earned) that the Rattlers scored. You hope Nardozzi’s tough outing wasn’t because he couldn’t sleep with the scent of car freshener in the air of his room.
Jordan Netwon drove in three and he was a homerun short of the cycle. Justin Henry went two for five with a double, a homerun and two runs.
One of the main qualities of a good team is there ability to come together and bond as a team. So far we have not had much time outside of the confines of the respective stadiums to really spend some quality time together. So one of the ways in which we improve our friendships and team camaraderie is through good old-fashioned practical jokes. A college teammate of mine said you only make fun of the people you like. Well if that is the case, I guess you could say Paul Nardozzi is the captain of the team. A still, anonymous individual pulled of the first well-executed prank of the season. As Paul put his bags on the bus for Cedar Rapids, Iowa, little did he know there would be a surprise awaiting him when he unpacked. Eight pine scented car fresheners were placed ever so carefully in his travel bag, and not to mention it was about a 7-hour bus ride. Just one of those things is enough to do some damage, but this was enough to make an entire house smell like Christmas. Now I, being Paul’s roommate was also affected because not even a pack of lit matches could cover the smell in the room. Now Paul is doing fine, he was a little agitated to say the least but is already planning his revenge. So I am assuming that this session of team bonding will not be ending anytime soon.
Roger Tomas drove home Casper Wells in the bottom of the eleventh inning with a sac. fly to win it for the White Caps 6-5. Tomas finished the game with a pair of RBIs while Justin Henry tripled and drove in two runs.
Jonathan Kibler threw seven solid innings and while he didn’t get the win, he did keep the White Caps in the win. He gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Paul Nardozzi improved to 2-0 with a shutout inning in the eleventh.
The White Caps pulled off a sweep over South Bend and this time it was an 11-5 blowout. Christopher Carlson led the way and he went four for five with a double, a homerun, four RBIs and two runs. Ron Bourquin went three for five with two RBIs and three runs while Audy Ciriaco went three for five with a solo homerun.
Lauren Gagnier struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings his start. Paul Nardozzi gave up three unearned runs in three innings but it was good enough to pick up the win.
Onenta came back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead only to give it up in the final frames to lose to Mahoning Valley 6-3. Justin Henry homered and drove in two runs while Kyle Peter went two for three with a run.
Paul Nardozzi took the loss and he fell to 1-1 on the season. He gave up two runs in 1 1/3 innings.
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