Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Timo Perez seemed to be hitting out of his slump as he was passed up for promotion after the release of Jacque Jones. He went four for four with a triple, a homer, three RBIs and two runs in the Hens 11-7 win. Mike Hessman belted his eleventh homer of the season and Jeff Larish hit his ninth and drove in three.
Virgil Vasquez picked up the win and he improved to 2-2. He gave up three runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five innings.
The Hens beat Rochester 8-4 and it was Brent Clevlen and Nick Trzesniak who both drove in the bulk of the runs. Clevlen doubled and drove in three while Trzesniak singled twice and drove in three. Erick ALmonte was the only Mud Hen with two hits in the contest.
Eddie Bonine remained undefeated and he improved to 6-0 on the season. He gave up four runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
Yorman Bazardo improved to 1-0 with a nice start in the Hens 5-1 win over Rochester. He gave up one run on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Casey Fossum also had a nice outing with 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief and Blaine Neal got the final two batters of the game out for his tenth save of the season.
Mike Hessman had a big day at the plate. He went three for three with a walk, his ninth homer, and two runs. Brent Clevlen tripled, homered and drove in three.
It wasn’t Homer Bailey’s best start of the season but it was good enough as the Hens lost to Louisville 4-3. Erick Almonte actually gave the Hens the lead with a two run homer, but Jonathan Connolly gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh that proved to be the difference in the game.
Connolly fell to 0-3 on the season. He gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits and a strikeout in 6 2/3 innings.
The Mud Hens edged the Bats 4-3 and it was Eddie Bonine who got it done on the mound. He improved to 5-0 and he gave up just three runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts.
Michael Hollimon was the hitting star in the win. He went two for four with a double, a triple, a walk, an RBI and two runs.
Matthew Joyce had an impressive day at the plate in the Mud Hens 6-5 win over Indianapolis. He went three for four with a double and four RBIs. Brent Clevlen went two for four with two RBIs and a run.
Chris Lambert improved to 3-1 and he gave up four runs in five innings but it was Francisco Cruceta who once again stole the show. He struck out five in two shutout innings and he now has 15 strikeouts in seven innings.
Jeremy Johnson improved to 4-0 on the season with a nice start in the Hens 7-1 win over Indianapolis. He gave up one run on four hits with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Mike Hessman hit his eighth homer of the season and Jeff Larish belted his seventh. That’s quite a one/two punch with both of the guys in the lineup. Michael Hollimon also had a nice game and he homered and drove in a pair.
Jeff Larish belted a three run homer in the bottom of the first inning and despite the Hens scoring just one run the rest of the way, it was enough for the win. The other run in the 4-1 win came on a solo shot by Michael Hollimon.
Chris Lambert picked up the win and he improved to 2-1. He gave up three hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five shutout innings.
Francis Beltran gave up two runs in the ninth inning and he took the loss as the Hens lost to the Clippers 5-3. Far and away the pitching star was Francisco Cruceta, who made his minor league debut today. He threw three shutout innings and he struck out six without giving up a hit.
Mike Hessman and Dane Sardinha both belted homeruns in the game. For Hessman, it was his sixth of the season and he’s now driven in 15 runs.
The Hens lost to the Bats 10-7 despite the fact that Mike Hessman put the team on his back. He went four for five with three homers and five RBIs. Brent Clevlen also had a solid game and he went four for five with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Jonathan Connolly took the loss and he fell to 0-2. He gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
The Hens took care of Lehigh Valley 8-3 and Eddie Bonine improved to 3-0 with a solid start. He gave up just two runs (one earned) on six hits with four strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Matthew Joyce tripled, homered, drove in two and scored twice in the game. Jackson Melian went two for five with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Chris Lambert won his first game of the season with a nice start in the Hens 4-1 win over Lehigh Valley. He gave up just a single run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in seven innings.
Jeff Larish went two for three with a double and two RBIs. Caonabo Cosme went three for three with a double, a homerun and two RBIs.
The Hens got it done as they beat up on Lehigh Valley 6-4. Mike Hessman homered and drove in two runs while Timo Perez homered and scored a pair. Brent Clevlen also had a nice game and he went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
Jeremy Johnson picked up the win although he didn’t have his best start. He gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks with one strikeout in five innings.
The Mud Hens were only able to push one run across the plate as they lost to Lehigh Valley 4-1. Timo Perez reached base three times with two singles and a walk while Jackson Melian drove in the lone run with a solo homer.
Jonathan Connolly took the loss despite a solid outing. He gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks with one strikeout in five innings.
The Hens struggled at the plate today as they lost to Buffalo 7-2. The Hens scored both of their runs on a two run homer off the bat of Henry Mateo.
Virgil Vasquez was roughed up and he fell to 1-1. He gave up seven runs on ten hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
The Hens took care of Buffalo 6-4 and it was Eddie Bonine who set the stage for the Hens. He improved to 2-0 and he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Blaine Neal pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his third save of the season.
Matthew Joyce and Brent Clevlen both went yard in the win. For Joyce, it was his fourth homer of the season and he drove in two runs. Derek Wathan went three for four and he scored a run.
The Mud Hens did their best Tigers imitation and picked up just three hits in a 3-0 shutout loss. All three hits were singles and only Jeff Larish with a hit and a walk reached base twice.
Chris Lambert took the loss and he fell to 0-1. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings.
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 Mud Hens blew out the Knights 11-4 and it was Timo Perez who led the way at the plate. He went three for five with two doubles, four RBIs and a run. Brent Clevlen and Mike Hessman both drove in two runs while Derek Wathan singled twice, drew a walk and scored three times.
Eddie Bonine picked up the win and he improved to 1-0. He gave up three runs on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
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