Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Seawolves got a nice team effort in their 10-6 win over Bowie. Four different players drove in two runs and three different hitters scored twice. Steve Torrealba was the only Erie hitter to go yard. He went two for five with a two run homer.
Dallas Trahern improved to 12-6 although it was hardly his best start. He gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Erie held on to their slim second half lead as they split a pair of games with second place Akron. In the first game, Erie edged Akron 6-5 and it was Eddie Bonine who picked up the win with a seven inning complete game in the 6-5 win. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout in seven innings of work. Matthew Joyce went two for three with a double, a walk, two RBIs and a run. Kody Kirkland belted a solo homer to help out the cause.
Game two didn’t go quite as well as the offense was held four hits in a 3-1 loss. Steve Torrealba belted in a solo homerun for the lone run and Corey Hamman took the loss in his first Double A start. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in just 2 2/3 innings.
Jair Jurrjens improved to 6-5 on the season with one of his best starts of the season in Erie’s 5-0 win. He gave up just three hits and he struck out ten in a complete game shutout.
Steve Torrealba went two for three with a homerun and two RBIs. Michael Hollimon belted a solo homerun to help out the cause.
Erie couldn’t score a single run despite outhitting Bowie 7-5 in their 2-0 loss. Wilkin Ramirez reached base four times with three singles and a walk while Steve Torrealba went one for two with two walks.
A pretty good start by Eddie Bonine went to waste and he fell to 10-5 on the season. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings of work.
Steve Torrealba capped off a solid ninth with a two run, tenth inning homerun that won it for the Seawolves. He finished the game two for four with a double, a homerun two RBIs and two runs. Matthew Joyce went three for five with a double, a homerun, three RBIs in the 7-5 win.
Randor Bierd picked up the win for Erie. He gave up a single run in two innings of work.
Steve Torrealba belted two homers and he drove in three runs but it wasn’t enough as Akron beat the Seawolves 7-5. Andres Torres and Michael Hollimon also went yard in the game.
Jair Jurrjens took the loss and he fell to 3-4 on the season. He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Erie lost 6-3 and all six runs were given up by starter Eulogio De La Cruz. He did it on six hits and a walk and he struck out five in four innings. Still the righthander has 57 strikeouts in 63 innings and he’s only walked 16. This would be the kind of guy who, without the logjam of pitching at the big league level and the fact that the Tigers will probably in a tough race in September, might have gotten some spot starts in the fall. For now, we’ll have to wait to see as he moves up the chain like everyone else.
Steve Torrealba was the hitting star. He went two for four with a double, a homerun and two RBIs.
Erie blew out Harrisburg 9-4 and Matthew Joyce played a big part in the win. He went one for three with a homerun and three RBIs. Steve Torrealba went two for four with two RBIs and a run.
Jair Jurrjens had a rough start but the hitters picked him up. He gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Erie entered the ninth inning down 1-0 and nobody was probably more upset then Eulogio de la Cruz, who pitched eight great innings. He gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
Fortunately, the Sea Wolves got some timely hitting. Jeff Larish hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra frames, and then in the tenth, Steve Torrealba went yard with a walk off solo homerun to end the game. Danny Zell ended up picking up the win with two perfect innings of relief in which he struck out four batters.
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