Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Over the weekend it was Trenton and now it’s the B-Mets. The SeaWolves dropped their fifth straight to open the season although at least this time they scored some runs. Deik Scram belted a three run blast to provide most of the offense while Santo De Leon hit a solo home run.
Andrew Oliver took the loss in a rough start. He gave up six runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Brendan Wise had a solid outing and he pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Santo De Leon was the hitting star in the SeaWolves 4-3 win over the Curve. He went two for three with a double and a solo home run. Andy Dirks pitched in with a solo shot of his own.
Lauren Gagnier made his Erie debut and he pitched a solid game. He improved to 1-0 and he gave up two runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Brendan Wise gave up a run in 2 2/3 innings and that was good for his second save of the season.
Ramon Garcia didn’t take the loss, but he gave up the bulk of the damage in the SeaWolves 9-6 loss to the Curve. He gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks with three strikeout in 4 2/3 innings. Brendan Wise took the loss and he fell to 4-1 when he gave up two runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Santo De Leon went two for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI. Deik Scram belted a solo homerun and he also walked and scored a second run.
Erie racked up nine hits in this one but they managed just a pair of runs in a 4-2 loss to the B-Mets. Brennan Boesch went two for four while Santo De Leon belted a solo home run in the loss.
Jonah Nickerson fell to 7-7 with a rough start. He gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks (oddly with no strikeouts) in seven innings.
Pat Stanley improved to 3-2 on the season with a nice start in the SeaWolves 3-1 win over Binghamton. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Brett Jensen struck out four in two shutout innings to pick up his eighth save of the season.
Santo De Leon went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run. Danny Worth singled twice and drove in one.
Thad Weber was about as good as you could ask. He gave up just one run on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Unfortunately, Lakeland’s offense didn’t put a single run on the board and he fell to 4-4 for his efforts
The Flying Tigers picked up just five hits in the 1-0 loss. Chris Carlson went two for four with a double while Santo De Leon went two for two with a walk.
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.
The Seawolves finally got to make up their games as they split a doubleheader with Harrisburg. In the first game, Erie used the long ball in a 9-6 win. Ryan Strieby hit his sixth and seventh home runs and he drove in four while Scott Sizemore and Santo De Leon both hit one home run a piece. Alfredo Figaro was touched up for five runs in 5 2/3 innings while Josh Kite picked up the win despite allowing the tying run (an inherited runner) to score).
Game two didn’t go quite as well as Erie blew a 6-0 lead and lost 7-6. Scott Sizemore hit another home run and Cale Iorg hit two solo shots (his first two of the season). Ramon Garcia pitched three shutout frames in his start before Zach Simons came in and gave up five runs.
Erie pitcher’s yielded just one hit in their 3-0 win over Altoona. Alfredo Figaro got things going with seven shutout frames without giving up a hit before yielding to the pen. Zach Simons kept things going with a no-hit eighth but then Brett Jensen gave up a two hit double in the ninth to spoil the no-hitter. Figaro struck out five and walked three to improve to 1-0 while Jensen picked up his third save of the season.
Scott Sizemore provided the bulk of the SeaWolves offense in the win. He went four for four with two doubles, a walk, two runs and an RBI. Santo De Leon singled twice and scored a run.
Josh Rainwater was roughed up and he fell to 7-5 in the SeaWolves 10-1 loss. He gave up nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Santo De Leon went two for four with an RBI. William Rhymes went three for five and all three hits were singles.
Lakeland and Palm Beach needed eleven innings to finsh a game that saw a combined 23 runs and 33 hits. Rick Porcello had one of his worst starts of the season and he gave up four runs in five innings while Zach Simons picked up the win with a shutout eleventh inning.
Santo De Leon went three for six with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Jeramy Laster blasted a three run homer in the ninth to tie the game up (the Flying Tigers came back from a seven run deficit).
Brandon Timm had a nice day at the plate as the Flying Tigers doubled up Vero Beach 8-4. He went three for four with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Santo De Leon doubled twice and drove in three.
Jonah Nickerson improved to 3-2 with a good enough start. He gave up four runs on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
The pen couldn’t get the job done as a solid start by Duane Below went to waste in a 6-3 loss to St. Lucie. Below gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings but Derek Witt and Ed Clelland combined to give up four runs in the seventh and eighth and that cost the Flying TIgers the win.
Santo De Leon had a nice day at the plate. He went three for four with a double, a homerun and two runs.
Rick Porcello improved to 2-4 on the season in Lakeland’s 9-2 win over St. Lucie. He gave up three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in six innings.
Cale Iorg singled, homered and drove in three runs in the win. Santo De Leon went two for five with a run and an RBI.
Duane Below improved to 13-5 on the season with a nice start in the White Caps 6-1 win over Fort Wayne. He gave up one unearned run on three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in seven solid innings.
Jordan Newton went two for three with a homerun and two RBIs. Santo De Leon went two for four with two RBIs and a run.
Gorkys Hernandez drove home Audy Ciriaco in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it for the White Caps. Earlier in the inning, Ciriaco singled home the tying run in the 5-4 win. Joseph Tucker doubled twice and drove in two runs while Santo De Leon went two for two with a double, two walks and two runs.
Phil Napolitan picked up the win with two innings of shutout relief. He gave up a hit and he struck out four.
James Skelton doubled home Scott Sizemore in the bottom of the twelth inning to win it for the White Caps 5-4. Jeramy Laster singled twice and drove in two runs while Santo De Leon went three for four with a triple and a run.
Casey Fien picked up the win and he improved to 3-0 with two innings of shutout relief. He gave up one hit and one walk with four strikeouts.
The White Caps took care of the Loons in a 9-4 beatdown. Santo De Leon led the way for West Michigan and he went two for four with three RBIs and two runs. Brennan Boesch had another nice game and he went two for three with a walk, an RBI and two runs.
Luis Marte picked up the win and he improved to 1-1 on the season. He gave up one run on six hits and two walks with six strikeout six innings.
Santo De Leon had a fantastic game in the White Caps 10-2 blowout win over Fort Wayne. He went three for four and he drove in a team high four runs. Gorkys Hernandez also continued his nice season with two hits, two runs andtwo RBIs.
Duane Below improved to 8-3 on the season with six shutout innings. He gave up three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
The White Caps struggles continued with a pretty poor offensive outing against Fort Wayne. Santo De Leon’s double was one of three White Caps hits and he drove in the only for the team.
A nice start by Christopher Cody went to waste. He gave up two runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
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