Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Denny Bautista fell to 0-1 for the Hens in a 3-2 loss to the Knights. He gave up an unearned run on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings of relief. Yorman Bazardo had a decent start and he gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in five innings.
Brent Clevlen had two hits including a solo homer, his ninth long ball of the season. Dane Sardinha drove in the other Hen run with a solo shot of his own.
Brent Clevlen had a monster game in the Hens 10-2 win over Buffalo. He went three for four with six RBIs, a homerun and a run. Mike Hessman went one for three with a walk and three runs. Jackson Melian homered and drove in two runs.
Casey Fossum improved to 3-0 on the season with a nice start. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with ten strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Virgil Vasquez’ disappointing season continued as he dropped to 3-5 in the Hens 5-3 loss to Buffalo. He gave up five runs on eleven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in just five innings. Vasquez has a 6.22 ERA and while his strikeout to walk ratio of 35/9 is very solid, batters are hitting .324 against him. And there’s basically no platoon split (just .004) so both righties and lefties are mashing him.
It took Mike Hessman a few days but he finally belted his 20th of the season. He hit a two run shot while Timo Perez went four for four with a solo homer. Derek Wathan got a hit in his second straight game since taking over first base for Jeff Larish.
Chris Lambert fell to 5-2 on the season with a tough start in the Hens 5-3 loss to Buffalo. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
The Hens managed just eight singles and they were all by different hitters. Mike Hessman reached base three times with a single and two walks. He’s now drawn six walks in his last six games as pitchers try to duck him.
Virgil Vasquez had one of his better starts of the season in the Hens 6-0 win over the Bats. He gave up eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Francis Beltran threw perfect innings to close out the game and to complete the shutout.
Mike Hessman had three hits and three runs and one of those hits was his nineteenth homer of the season. Timo Perez and Brent Clevlen also went yard.
The Hens found themselves down 6-0 in the fourth inning only to storm back with seven unanswered runs to pick up the win. Timo Perez doubled twice and drove in two while Brent Clevlen went two for five with a double, two RBIs and two runs.
Eddie Bonine was hit hard and he gave up all six runs. Matt Rusch struck out five in three no-hit innings to improve to 2-0 and Blaine Neal pitched a shutout ninth to pick up his sixteenth save.
Chris Lambert left the game in the sixth inning with a 4-2 lead only to see the bullpen cave in and lose it in a 7-5 loss to the Clippers. Lambert gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Preston Larrison took the loss and he fell to 2-2. He gave up three runs on one hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.
Jeff Larish and Michael Hollimon both went yard in the game. For Larish, it was number 15 and for Hollimon it was his 12th.
The Hens needed all three of their eighth inning runs to top the Clippers tonight. Clete Thomas was the hitting star in this one. He went two for three with a double, a homerun and two RBIs. Mike Hessman was avoided and he drew two walks and scored a run.
Matt Rusch pitched a shutout eighth inning and he improved to 1-0. Blaine Neal pitched a perfect ninth and he picked up save number 15.
Three different Hens belted a pair of homeruns as Toledo ran up the score in a 10-0 beating over the Clippers. Michael Hollimon, TImo Perez and Nick Trzesniak all belted two homeruns while Freddy Guzman belted his first since he got bumped up to Toledo.
Lost in all of the offense was an impressive start by Casey Fossum. He gave up just three hits and a walk with ten strikeouts in seven shutout innings and he improved to 2-0.
Virgil Vasquez continued his subpar season and he fell to 2-4 in the Hens 9-3 loss to the Bulls. He gave up six runs (five earned) on eix hits and a walk with one strikeout. Three of those six hits left the yard.
Erick Almonte belted a solo homer. Michael Hollimon singled, drew two walks and scored a run.
Chris Lambert left the game tonight with a 4-2 lead after six solid innings of work only to see the pen melt down in a 14-4 blowout loss. Three relievers combined to give up 12 runs in just two innings in an ugly game.
Clete Thomas belted a two run homer but he’s still below the Mendoza line since getting sent down to Toledo. Mike Hessman continued his impressive season with his eighteenth homerun, a solo shot in the first inning.
The Hens scored three runs in eighth inning but it wasn’t enough as they lost to Durham 5-3. Michael Hollimon had two hits including a solo homer while Mike Hessman drew two walks and scored a run.
Jeramy Johnson lost his first decision of the season. He fell to 4-1 and he gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
The Mud Hens scored two in the eighth inning and one in the ninth to edge the Charlotte Knights 6-5. Dane Sardinha drove in the winning run with a solo homer while Jeff Larish, Mike Hessman and Michael Hollimon all went yard. For Hessman, it’s his 17th homer of the season and six homeruns in his last six games.
Dontrelle Willis had a tough time in his rehab start. He gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Preston Larrison threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball and he improved to 2-1 while Blaine Neal threw a shutout ninth to pick up his 13th save of the season.
Yorman Bazardo and the rest of the Hens pitching staff had a tough time in their 10-6 loss to the Knights. Bazardo gave up three homers in five innings while Anastacio Martinez fell to 0-1 when he gave up four runs in just 1 1/3 innings of work.
Brent Clevlen belted a solo homer, walked twice and scored three runs in the loss. Michael Hollimon went two for four with a homerun and three RBIs.
Michael Hollimon belted a walk off homer in the bottom of the tenth as the Hens knocked Lehigh Valley 7-6. It was Hollimon’s only hit of the game while Brent Clevlen went two for three with a double, a triple and three RBIs.
Jeremy Johnson gave up four runs in his five innings of work. Preston Larrison picked up the win with three shutout innings to close out the game.
Yorman Bazardo fell to 1-1 on the season with a rough start in the Hens 5-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings of work.
Jackson Melian provided most of the offense for the Hens. He went three for four with a solo homer.
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