Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Whitecaps came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Loos in the seventh inning but Tyler Stohr gave up a run in the top of the tenth as the Whitecaps season ended in a 3-2 loss. Like last year, they forced a third game in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs only to fall in the pivotal third game. Luke Putkonen has a solid start and he gave up two runs in six innings while Tyler Conn threw three shutout innings of relief.
Brent Wyatt went two for five with a double. Brandon Douglas went one for three with a triple, a walk and an RBI.
The Whitecaps loss their regular season finale 3-1 but not because of Anthony Shawler’s start. He gave up a run on three hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings and for his exceptional start, he took the loss and fell to 7-5. Tyler Stohr gave up two runs in the top of the ninth and that put the game out of reach.
Alden Carrithers went two for four with a double and he scored the lone run. Billy Nowlin singled and he drove in Carrithers.
The Whitecaps were the lone Tigers affiliate to make the post season. They’ll square off against the Great Lakes Loons in a three game series beginning Wednesday.
Melvin Mercedes had 16 saves and a 1.82 ERA in 24 2/3 innings for the GCL Tigers but he’s had a tough time since getting promoted to the Whitecaps. He made his second appearance yesterday and he gave up (with some help from Tyler Stohr, three runs in the bottom of the eighth and he was tagged with the loss. It’s too bad because a decent start by Luke Putkonen went to waste. He gave up an unearned run on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Gustavo Nunez went two for four with a triple and a run. Ron Bourquin went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
Casey Crosby did it again and he improved to 9-4 with a really nice start in the Whitecaps 3-0 win over South Bend. He gave up just two hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six shutout innings. Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his 17th save of the season.
Jordan Lennerton went two for three with a walk, a double and two RBIs. Ben Guez went two for four with a solo home run and two runs.
Brandon Hamilton had another decent start as the Whitecaps took care of Cedar Rapids 3-2. Hamilton didn’t get the decision, but he gave up two runs on three hits and one walk wit three strikeouts in five innings. Victor Larez threw three shutout innings of relief and he improved to 5-6 while Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth to pick up his sixteenth save of the season.
Billy Nowlin had the big hit with a two run blast in the sixth inning. Bryan Pounds doubled, drew a walk and scored in the win.
Casey Crosby improved to 8-3 on the season with another nice start in the Whitecaps 4-2 win over Clinton. He gave up a run on just two hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in five innings. Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his fourteenth save of the season.
Brent Wyatt had a big day at the plate and he went four for five with a double, a run and an RBI. Avisail Garcia also had a nice game and he went three for four.
The Whitecaps made as many errors as they scored runs in a 4-2 loss to Dayton last night. Ben Guez led the way with a double, a single and an RBI while Gustavo Nunez played a part in both runs when he tripled, drove in a run and eventually scored.
A solid start by Brayan Villareal went to waste. He gave up a run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Tyler Stohr took the loss when he gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning.
The Whitecaps had two fewer hits then their opposition but it was still go enough to walk away with a 5-2 win over Fort Wayne. Luis Salas singled and drove in two runs while Brent Wyatt doubled and drove in one.
Jared Gayhart picked up the win and he improved to 5-2 with two innings of shutout relief. Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his twelth save of the season.
This looks like it would have been a fun game to catch. The White Caps were pummelled in the first four innings and for at least a half inning, they were down 8-0. Then they slowly began to chip away at the lead until they stormed back and scored three in the ninth on a Ben Guez three homer to tie it. Then in the bottom of the thirteenth, Luis Palacios scored on Brandon Douglas’ sac. fly to win it.
Guez finished two for seven but he had the big hit in the ninth. Ron Bourquin went three for six with an RBI in the 9-8 win.
Brandon Hamilton took the brunt of Clinton’s offense and he gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Jared Gayhart gave up just two hits and a walk in four innings of shutout relief while Tyler Stohr struck out four and gave up just one hit in three shutout innings to improve to 2-1 on the season.
The White Caps took care of Beloit 2-0 today behind some solid pitching by Casey Crosby. The former top draft pick gave up just one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Unfortunately, the hitters couldn’t get their bats going early enough and it was actually Tyler Conn who picked up the win. Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his fifth save of the season.
Gustavo Nunez was the hitting star in the win. He was a perfect three for three and he drove in both runs. Chao-Ting Tang went two for three and he scored both runs.
Just about everyone was a hitting star in this one as the White Caps picked up nineteen hits in a 9-6 win over Lansing. Seven White Caps had multi-hit games and Brandon Douglas reached base four times with three singles, a walk, two runs and an RBI. Gustavo Nunez went three for six with two runs and an RBI.
Mauricio Robles had a mixed start. He lasted just four innings and he gave up five runs but he struck out ten. Tyler Stohr pitched two shutout frames to close out the game and he improved to 1-0 on the season.
Casey Crosby had a mixed start today and he needed some help from the pen as the White Caps won their second straight. Crosby went the first 3 1/3 innings and he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Matt Hoffman was very solid and he improved to 1-0. He gave up just two walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 no-hit innings. Tyler Stohr picked up save number two with a shutout ninth in which he struck out the side.
Billy Nowlin went two for with three RBIs in the 6-3 win. Jordan Newton went one for three with a home run, two walks and two runs.
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