Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Tigers got some solid production from the top of their batting order last night as they took care of Columbus 9-4. Scott Sizemore went three for five with a double, three runs and two RBIs while Will Rhymes went two for four with two doubles, three RBIs and a run.
Alfredo Figaro improved to 7-6 on the season with a decent start. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings.
Rudy Lugo and Casey Fien combined for a solid outing as the Hens took care of Lehigh Valley 5-3 in the first of two. Lugo gave up three runs (just one earned) on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Fien threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief and he improved to 1-0. Will Rhymes doubled, drove in two and scored once while Scott Sizemore went two for four with a double and a two run home run.
Lauren Gagnier threw five shutout innings and he improved to 2-2 in the second game. Dan Schlereth and Jay Sborz then threw shutout innings each to finish up game. Sborz picked up his eleventh save of the season. Danny Worth singled, scored a run and drove in one. Ben Guez hit a solo home run, his second of the season.
Ryan Ketchner improved to 2-0 on the season with a really nice start as the Hens finished their season with a 3-0 win over the Clippers. He gave up just six hits and he struck out two in the shutout.
Will Rhymes went three for four with a triple, an RBI and a run. Scott Sizemore went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
Ryan Ketchner made his Hens debut yesterday and he really got the job done in a 2-1 win. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Zach Simons threw two shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his first save.
Scott Sizemore went two for five with an RBI. Brent Clevlen went two for four with a run.
The Mud Hens couldn’t get anything going at the plate as they were held to four hits in a 5-0 loss to the Louisville Bats. Scott Sizemore doubled for the lone extra base hit and Jeff Frazier was the only other Mud Hen to reach base twice with a pair of walks (Sizemore walked once).
Brooks Brown took the loss and he fell to 3-11. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with a strikeout in three innings of work.
Scott Sizemore had a big day at the plate as the Tigers edged the Clippers 7-6. Sizemore had a hand in five of the Hens six runs and he went three for five with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and three runs. Dane Sardinha went two for three with a walk and a solo home run.
Dontrelle Willis got the start and he gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings with a walk and a hit. Freddy Dolsi improved to 4-2 despite a mediocre outing. he gave up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts in three innings.
The Hens came back from a 7-4 deficit to beat the Clippers 8-7. Brent Dlugach went three for three with a walk, a double, a triple and two runs. Scott Sizemore went two for four with double, a walk and two RBIs while Mike Hessman went two for five with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Hessman has finally found his stroke since the All Star Break. Prior to that, he had an OPS of .678 and since it’s .933. He’s also hit nine home runs since the break in 33 games versus 10 in 80 games prior to the break. August has been his best month (1.012 OPS) so hopefully he gives the Hens a strong finish.
Scott Drucker was hammered for seven runs in three innings. Zach Simons threw two shutout innings of relief and he improved to 2-0 while Casey Fien threw a shutout ninth to pick up save number twelve.
Mike Hessman singled home Scott Sizemore in the bottom of the ninth as the Mud Hens narrowly beat Buffalo 3-2. They had to come back from a 2-0 deficit to do it and Max St. Pierre belted a solo home run to pitch in.
Eddie Bonine had a nice start in a no-decision. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. FreddyDolsi threw two shutout frames and he improved to 3-2.
There were plenty of hitting stars in the Hens 11-10 win over Buffalo but Scott Sizemore led the pack with two home runs. He belted a two run shot in the eighth and then he hit belted the game winner with a solo shot in the ninth. Brent Clevlen also had a nice game and he went three for four with a home run, two runs and two RBIs. In all, the Hens picked up five home runs in the contest.
Josh Rainwater gave up two ninth inning runs but he was in the right place at the right time to pick up the win. He improved to 1-3. Brooks Brown had a rough start and he gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings.
The Hens took care of the SWB Yankees 8-7 in a game that saw the two teams combine for 28 hits. Jeff Larish went two for three with two doubles, two walks and three runs. Scott Sizemore went two for five with a solo home run and two runs.
Scott Drucker was lit up for six runs in 4 1/3 but the hitters picked him up. Clay Rapada threw two shutout frames to close out the game and he improved to 2-2.
The Hens took care of business in each of their games over the Red Wings. In the first one, Clete Thomas went two for three with a double, a walk, a run and two RBIs. Jeff Larish doubled, drew a walk, a run and two RBIs. Ruddy Lugo improved to 6-5 despite a mediocre start. He gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Freddy Dolsi gave up an unearned run and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
Game two was an eleven inning marathon. Thomas had another nice game and he went three for five with two doubles and an RBI. Scott Sizemore went three for six with a triple, a home run and two RBIs. Lucas French struck out ten and gave up just one run in six innings. Fu-Te Ni threw two shutout innings to close out the game and he improved to 3-0.
The Hens got nothing done at the plate in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel against the SWB Yankees. Scott Sizemore doubled and Dusty Ryan singled and that was it as far as offensive production.
A really nice start by Lucas French went to waste. He gave up one run on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in eight innings. For his troubles, he fell to 1-1 on the season.
Scott Sizemore scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth and while that sent the game into frames, the contest didn’t last much longer then that. Zach Simons gave up two unearned runs in the top of the tenth and while the Wolves rallied for a run in the bottom half of the inning, it wasn’t enough.
Alex Avila went two for three with two walks and a run. Ryan Strieby went two for five and he belted his thirteenth home run. Michael Hollimon also went yard with his third of the season.
Luis Marte put a solid start together and he improved to 3-5 in the SeaWolves 7-2 win over Akron. He gave up just a single run on two hits and four walks with three strikeouts. This is Marte’s best start in a while so hopefully he’ll be able to keep this up.
Ryan Strieby continued to rake an he went two for five with a triple, two RBIs and a run. Scott Sizemore went three for four with a walk, a run and an RBI.
Luis Marte fell to 2-4 on the season with a rough start in Erie’s 7-4 loss to Harrisburg. He gave up all seven runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in six innings.
Ryan Strieby hit his eleventh home run of the season and Scott Sizemore went yard with his seventh. Sizemore also singled, drew a walk and he finished with two runs.
Alfredo Figaro fell to 2-1 on the season despite a decent start in Erie’s 3-1 loss to Bowie. He gave up three runs (two earned and all three came in the first two frames) on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.
Scott Sizemore doubled twice to lead the way at the plate for the SeaWolves. Cale Iorg went two for two with two walks, a double and 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 hitters were held in check as they lost to Bowie 6-1. The SeaWolves managed just six hits and Al Avila had two of those. The lone run came on a solo homer by Scott Sizemore.
Jay Sborz took the loss and he fell to 0-1. He gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.
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.
Brooks Brown didn’t get the win in this one, but he did about all he could to make sure the SeaWolves did walk away with a victory. He gave up just four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five shutout innings while Ramon Garcia got the victory despite giving up the lone Curve run. Cody Satterwhite closed the game out and he gave up a hit and a walk but he struck out two in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
Ryan Strieby was in the middle of both Erie runs in the 2-1 win. He singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored. Scott Sizemore was the only other Erie hitter to have two hits.
The win puts Erie at an impressive 4-0. They’ll get a day off tomorrow before Bowie heads to town.
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