Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Virgil Vasquez saved the best for last as he threw his second shutout of the season in the Hens 4-0 win. He gave up five hits and a walk with ten strikeouts and the win pushed his record to an even 12-12.
Erick Almonte went two for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI. Kody Kirkland went two for four with an RBI.
Virgil Vasquez’s troubles continued and he fell to 6-11 in the Hens 8-5 loss to Pawtucket. He gave up six runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings.
Mike Hessman belted two homers and he drove in three in the loss. We’ll miss his bat come Olympic time. Clete Thomas went two for four with a run.
This game was over early as it was 9-0 after four innings and the final turned out to be 13-0. To add to the pile, the Hens made five errors, two of which were by Mike Hessman. Virgil Vasquez took the loss and he gave up nine runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk with a strikeout in 3 2/3 innings. The loss drops him to 6-10 and you wonder why Virgil has slid so far this season.
The offense was held to just four hits. Erick Almonte doubled and Brent Clevlen singled and drew two walks.
The Hens lost to the Clippers 2-1 in a game that saw the Hens hitters held to just five hits. Freddy Guzman was the hitting star and he went two for four with a double and an RBI.
Virgil Vasquez had one of his better starts of the season. He gave up one run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Clay Rapada gave up a run in the eighth and he took the loss.
The Hens had several hitting stars in a 17-3 blowout win over Indianapolis. Brent Clevlen went three for six with a double, a homerun and five RBIs. Timo Perez was a perfect four for four with four RBIs and three runs while Freddy Guzman went four for five with a triple, three RBIs and four runs.
Virgil Vasquez improved to 4-5 with a solid start. He gave up three runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in seven 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Virgil Vasquez picked up his first win of the season with an impressive pitching performance in Toledo’s home opener. He gave up just a single run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Preston Larrison gave up a run in his single inning and Blaine Neal pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
Dane Sardinha was the hitting star in the win. He went two for three with a solo homerun. Timo Perez didn’t get a hit, but he stole two bases and Mike Hessman went two for four with a double and a run.
Virgil Vasquez improved to 12-5 on the season with a nice start in the Hens 4-1 win over Indianapolis. He gave up one run on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Andrew Graham went two for four with an RBI and two runs. Jason Perry went two for four with a double and he scored twice.
Virgil Vasquez threw a gem as he pitched his second complete game shutout of the season in the Hens 4-0 win over Indianapolis. He gave up just two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts and the win pushed his record to 11-5.
Chris Shelton provided the offense with a grand slam homer in the fourth inning. It was his thirteenth long ball of the season.
The win pushed the Hens out to an eight game lead over Indianapolis and a playoff spot is pretty much in the bag. It’ll be fun to see the Hens go after their third straight Governor’s Cup.
Dane Sardinha singled home Erick Almonte in the top of the ninth inning as the Hens topped the Tide 4-3. Almonte finished the game with two hits and as did Sardinha.
Macay McBride picked up the win with three shutout innings in his Toledo debut. Virgil Vasquez was rolling in his start but Norfolk touched him up for three runs in the fifth inning.
Virgil Vasquez fell to 10-5 on the season with a tough start in the Mud Hens 9-3 loss to Durham. He gave up five runs (four earned) on eleven hits with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Dane Sardinha went two for four with two RBIs. Brent Clevlen went two for three with a walk.
The Mud Hens couldn’t get much done at the plate as they lost to the Knights 4-1. Timo Perez had two of those hits while the lone run came on a solo homer by Dane Sardinha.
Virgil Vasquez fell to 10-4 despite a nice start. He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Virgil Vasquez improved to 10-3 on the season with a nice start in the Hens’ 2-1 win over Richmond. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings of work.
Both Mudhen’s runs came via solo homeruns. Chris Shelton and Dane Sardinha both yard for the Mud Hens. It was Shelton’s eleventh homerun and Sardinha’s fourth.
Virgil Vasquez improved to 9-3 on the season with an impressive five hit shutout in the Hens 2-0 win over Norfolk. He gave up one walk and he struck out four in the win.
Henry Mateo doubled, scored and drove in a run. Kevin Hooper singled, drew a walk and drove in a run.
The Mud Hens opened up the second half of the season with a 5-3 win over Richmond and Virgil Vasquez improved to 8-3 on the season with another nice outing. He gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Brent Clevlen led the offense with two homers and three RBIs in the win. It’s nice to see the once-prospect showing he can still do his thing. Timo Perez went two for four and he scored a run.
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