Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Hens couldn’t get anything going at the plate as they lost to the Indians 3-0. Mike Hessman singled and drew two walks and nobody reached base more then once.
Brooks Brown took the loss despite a solid start. He gave up three runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts in seven innings.
Dontrelle Willis was back to his old tricks as the Hens were doubled up by Indianapolis 6-3. He gave up five runs on three hits and eight walks with a strikeout in four innings. He fell to 0-2 with the Hens. Jeremy Bonderman threw an inning of shutout relief.
Don Kelly went two for four with a double and an RBI. Wilkin Ramirez went two for four with a triple, a run and an RBI.
Toledo turned around a 6-3 deficit and scored four unanswered runs in the late innings to pull out a 7-6 win over Indianapolis. Mike Hessman went three for four with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs while Will Rhymes went two for two with two walks, two runs and an RBI.
Eddie Bonine was roughed up in his start and he gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Simons picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief while Jeremy Bonderman threw a shutout eighth in which he struck out two but gave up two hits. Casey Fien pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his 14th save of the season.
Nate Robertson looked like he was in midseason form with a really nice start in the Hens 3-2 loss to Louisville. He gave up just three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, Jeremy Bonderman took the ball from there and he gave up a pair of runs in his one inning of work. He fell to 1-4 with the Hens.
Wilkin Ramirez went two for five with a run. Will Rhymes went two for three with a walk.
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.
Dusty Ryan was one of the hitting stars in the Hens 10-1 blowout win over Columbus. He went three for five with a three home run and four RBIs. Don Kelly went three for five with a home run and two runs while Will Rhymes went three for six.
Nate Robertson picked up the win and he improved to 1-1. He gave up a run on fie hits with four strikeouts in five frames. Jeremy Bonderman threw two shutout innings of relief and he struck out two.
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.
The Hens were down 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth but they capitalized on a throwing error to end up with a pair of runs to come from behind in a 3-2 win. Mike Hessman was the hitting star and he went two for four with a home run and two runs.
Ruddy Lugo had a nice start and he gave up one unearned run with seven strikeouts in six innings. Clay Rapada got the win with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning and he improved to 3-2 while Casey Fien got the final two outs to pick up his ninth save of the season.
The Hens beat Buffalo 10-6 and most of the attention was given to Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson, both of whom began their rehab assignments. Nate Robertson got the start and he threw 39 pitches, 31 of which were strikes. He did get in trouble in the third when he gave up a home run and left with a pair of baserunners, but the pen got him out of it. Jeremy Bonderman threw a shutout fifth inning in which he didn’t give up a hit, but he didn’t strike anyone out. Zach Simons picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief and Clay Rapada got the final four outs for his fifth save of the season.
Max St. Pierre had a big day at the plate. He went four for four with a double, a home run, four RBIs and two runs. Jeff Frazier went three for five with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs.
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.
Chris Lambert had one of his best starts of the season and he improved to 6-7 in the Hens 6-1 win over Buffalo. He gave up just one run on seven hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. The one run didn’t come until the ninth inning when it looked like Lambert might be running out of gas.
Don Kelly had a nice game and he went three for four with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two runs. Mike Hessman belted a solo shot and he fnished with two RBIs.
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.
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