Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Clemente Mendoza improved to 1-0 on the season with a nice start in the Connecticut Tigers 6-3 win over Lowell. He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Robbie Weinhardt struck out three in two shutout innings of relief and Brennan Smith pitched a shutout ninth for his first save of the season.
PJ Polk went two for four with two runs. Josh Ashenbrenner went two for three with a triple, a walk, a run and an RBI.
Down 5-2 heading into the eighth, the Hens scored four runs in the final two frames to walk away with a 6-5 win. The game winner was a single by Robinzon Diaz and prior to that, Deik Scram singled home Maxwell Leon to tie the game up. Some of the damage came against a familiar face because Wil Ledezma is a reliver for Indianapolis.
Alfredo Figaro was roughed up in his start but the hitters bailed him out. He gave up five runs (four earned) in six innings. Robbie Weinhardt threw three shutout innings to close out the game and he improved to 1-0.
The Hens took care of Indianapolis 6-0 behind some really strong pitching. Ruddy Lugo improved to 1-1 and he gave up just three hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five shutout innings. Casey Fien followed that up with three shutout innings of relief and then Robbie Weinhardt pitched a shutout ninth to finish up the win.
Will Rhymes had a big day at the plate. He went four for five with three runs, a double and an RBI. Brent Dlugach went three for five with two runs and an RBI while Brennan Boesch went three for five with a double, a triple and three RBIs.
Armando Galarraga had a nice start go to waste as the Hens lost to the Bats 7-1. Galarraga took the loss and fell to 0-1 despite giving up just a run on three hits with six strikeouts in five innings. Casey Fien and Robbie Weinhardt were both hit hard were both touched up for three runs in their relief appearances.
Ryan Strieby had a big day at the plate. He went three for four with a pair of doubles and he drove in the lone run for the Hens. Danny Worth doubled in three at bats.
The Hens lost to the Bats yesterday 5-3 in their first game of the season. After Ruddy Lugo gave up five runs in his 4 2/3 innings of work, the Hens rallied for three runs in the sixth but that’s all they could manage. The excitement came when Ryan Strieby and Jeff Larish hit back to back home runs. Larish finished with two hits while Brent Dlugach went three for five.
Lugo gave up the five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings and he fell to 0-1. Dan Schlereth looked sharp with 2 1/3 shutout innings (three strikeouts). Robbie Weinhardt also had a good outing with two strikeouts in a shutout eighth inning.
The Flying Tigers took care of the Daytona Cubs this afternoon in a 2-1 pitchers duel and three pitchers combined for the exceptional effort. Matt Hoffman gave up a run on three hits with a strikeout in four innings while Robbie Weinhardt improved to 1-1 when he gave up just three hits with three strikeouts in four shutout innings. Brendan Wise threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his first save of the season.
Joshua Workman went two for three with a double and an RBI. Audy Ciriaco doubled and scored a run.
Charles Furbush didn’t get the decision in this one, but he was impressive none the less. He gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings. Lester Oliveros picked up the win and he struck out four in two shutout frames while Robbie Weinhardt threw a shutout ninth for his first save of the season.
Santo De Leon went two for four with a double and a run in the 4-1 win. Justin Henry drew two walks and he scored a run.
Robbie Weinhardt gave up a pair of runs in the top of the tenth inning as Lakeland lost to Dunedin 6-4. This was after a mediocre start by Lauren Gagnier. He gave up four runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Andy Dirks went three for three with a double, a walk and two RBIs. Kody Kaiser went two for four with a home run, a walk and two runs.
The Flying Tigers got it done and they did it behind the arm of Charles Furbush. The lefthander, who missed all of last year, gave up just three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five shutout innings. Furbush has now pitched nine innings split between two starts and he has yet to give up a run. He also has a 10-1 strikeout to walk ratio so it looks like the rust is gone already. Scott Green pitched a shutout ninth to pick up save number one while Robbie Weinhardt struck out four in two shutout innings in an impressive outing out of the pen.
Michael Bertram was the hitting star in the 5-3 win. He went two for four with a double and three RBIs. Kody Kaiser didn’t get a hit, but he picked up three walks in four plate appearances and he scored a run.
Jonah Nickerson improved to 12-4 on the season with a nice start in the Flying Tigers 7-1 win over Clearwater. He gave up one run on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Robbie Weinhardt picked up his fourth save with 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief to close out the game.
Brandon Timm went two for four with three RBIs. Louis Ott went three for five with a double, two runs and two RBIs.
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