Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Lucas French looked solid on the mound as he picked up the win in the Hens 5-3 win over the Clippers. He gave up just three hits and he struck out eight in six shutout innings. Freddy Dolsi got the final four batters out in order and he picked up his first save of the season.
Ryan Raburn was the hitting star in the game. He went three for three with a walk, a double, a homerun and two RBIs. Brent Clevlen went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
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.
Toledo got that bats going tonight and they ran up the score on the Knights in a 10-3 win. Ryan Raburn went three for five with a double, a homerun and three RBIs while Erick Almonte went two for three with a double, a homer and three RBIs.
Armando Galarraga improved to 2-0 with seven solid frames. He gave up three runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
Virgil Vasquez gave the Mud Hens five solid innings in which he gave up just two runs with six strikeouts. The pen then proceed to give up seven runs and the end result was a 9-7 loss. Clay Rapada gave up four runs in his relief stint but all three relievers gave up at least a run.
Most of the Hens’ offense came from a pair of three run homers by Matthew Joyce and Ryan Raburn. Brent Clevlen also had a nice game with three hits and a run.
The Red Sox took care of the Hens 3-2 in a less then stellar offensive display. Give them some credit though because with guys like Mike Hessman and Ryan Raburn playing for the big league club, you have a big chunk of this team’s offense gone at least compared to a month ago.
One of the runs for the Hens came on a solo homerun by Henry Mateo. Jack Hannahan doubled and he scored the other run.
A terrific start by Jordan Tata went to waste. He gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Three different Mud Hens pitches gave up a combined eight runs in the seventh inning as the Bats took this one 10-8. Yorman Bazardo got the inning going but he was pulled with one out before Preston Larrison came in and gave up the bulk of the damage. He took the loss and he gave up four runs on four hits with out getting a single batter out.
Ryan Rayburn didn’t get a hit but the big news was his callup to the big league team. Jack Hannahan was two for three with a double and two runs.
The Mud Hens scored two runs in the sixth inning to make it a 4-3 deficit against Vancouver but that’s as far as they got in the loss. Jonathan Connolly took the loss and he fell to 1-1 on the season. He gave up all four runs on nine hits and a walk with one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings.
Ryan Rayburn belted homerun number 16 with a solo shot in the sixth inning. Timo Perez doubled and he drove in one of the Hens’ runs.
Jack Hannahan singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the nine and Timo Perez and Chris Shelton both scored as the Mud Hens came from behind to beat Indianapolis 7-6. Ryan Rayburn doubled twice in the game and he drove in two while Mike Hessman went one for three with two walks, a solo homerun and two RBIs.
Virgil Vasquez was bailed out after a poor star. He gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout in 6 2/3 innings. Anthony Tomey picked up the win with two shutout innings to close out the game.
There were plenty of hitting stars and plenty of offense in the Hens 12-6 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. Henry Mateo, Ryan Rayburn and Jack Hannahan all had three hits and Rayburn and Hannahan each drove in three.
Virgil Vasquez was roughed up but the hitters bailed him out. He gave up six runs in his four innings of work. Eulogio De La Cruz picked up the win with three shutout innings of relief. I still think he should be in a rotation somewhere, but De La Cruz is starting to take to the pen after a rough start after his promotion to Toledo.
Corey Hamman dropped to 0-5 on the season with a tough start in the Hens 4-3 loss to Norfolk. He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings.
Jack Hannahan had a nice day at the plate in the loss. He went two for four with a solo homerun. Ryan Rayburn went two for four with a double and an RBI.
Eulogio De La Cruz made his first appearance for the Hens earlier in the week and it didn’t go very well. Today he bounced back and threw two shutout innings of relief to pick up his first win for the Hens this season.
Mike Hessman went one for three with two RBIs. Ryan Rayburn went one for three with a walk and two runs in the 5-2 win.
Ron Chiavacci improved to 4-4 on the season with one of his best starts of the season. He gave up just three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in six shutout innings.
David Espinosa went one for three with three RBIs and a run. Ryan Rayburn singled twice, drew a walk and scored two runs.
The Mud Hens beat Buffalo 3-2 Virgil Vasquez improved to 7-2 on the season with a nice start. He gave up three hits and one walk with four strikeouts in six shutout innings.
Ryan Rayburn had the big hit of the game. He belted a three run homer in the sixth inning to give the Hens all of their offense.
Corey Hamman dropped to 0-4 on the season with a rough start in the Hens 3-2 loss to Buffalo. He gave up three runs on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Ryan Rayburn was the hitting star in the loss. He went three for four with a run.
Seven of the eight runs in the Mud Hens 8-6 over the Yankees came via the longball. Ryan Rayburn went yard with his tenth of the season and Mike Hessman hit his 15th. Both of those were two run shots. Then David Espinosa hit a three run shot that proved to be the game winner. All three homers came against a tough Yankees pitcher in Chase Wright.
Dennis Tankersley picked up the win although he used just about all of the runs the Hens gave him. He gave up six runs on nine hits and one walk with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. The win pushed his record to 5-3 on the season.
Toledo still trails first place Indianapolis by three games in the western division of the International League. Louisville is also hot on their tails in what’s turning out to be a race that any of the four teams have a chance at winning. The Hens do lead the Wild Card race by a half game so they may have that to fall back on.
The Mud Hens beat the Yankees 7-0 and Ron Chiavacci got it done on the mound. He gave up four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings of relief. Jordan Tata made his first start of the season and he threw three scoreless frames.
Ryan Rayburn walked in all five of his at bats and he scored twice in the win. Mike Hessman went two for five and he belted a grand slam.
Ryan Rayburn had a career today in the Mud Hens 14-5 win over the Clippers. He went four for five and he hit for the cycle. He drove in three and scored three in the win. Mike Hessman hit his thirteenth homer of the season and he drove in four runs while Kevin Hooper scored three times.
Yorman Bazardo coasted to an easy win with all of the offense. He gave up one run on six hits and four walks with one strikeout in six innings and the win improved his record to 3-3 on the season.
Ron Chiavacci had a nice start in the Hens 8-1 win over the Clippers. He gave up just a single run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven solid innings. The win improved Chiavacci’s record to 2-4 on the season.
Ryan Rayburn tripled, drove in two and scored a run. David Espinosa went two for five with two doubles, an RBI and two runs.
The Mud Hens came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat Louisville and they had some late inning heroics to get it done. Mike Hessman drove home Ryan Rayburn in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra frames while David Espinosa scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth to win it. Dane Sardinha had a nice day at the plate and he went two for five with a double and three RBIs.
Virgil Vasquez was hit hard in the early parts of this game and he gave up seven runs in five innings. You see this happen sometime. A pitcher will tear it up in the minors, struggle in the majors and then when he gets sent back down, he struggles some more. Hopefully Vasquez can get back on track in his next start.
Vic Darensbourg got it done in relief and he picked up the win. He gave up just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in three innings.
Ron Chiavacci dropped to 1-2 on the season with a poor start in the Mud Hens 7-5 loss. He gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings.
Timo Perez had a nice day at the plate. He went two for five with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Ryan Rayburn and Ramon Santiago each had three hits in the loss.
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