Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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If you ever see a minor league pitcher in the Detroit organization on a Sunday before the game he is most likely a little more cheerful than normal. This is due to the fact that we have a little code for Sundays known simply as “No-Run Day.” This little mantra has absolutely nothing to do with setting a goal for the outcome of the game to come. No, this is regarding our pre-game conditioning routine. Since we play most everyday, we have to get in work, which is like a practice, before the game. I have mentioned before about how a pitcher’s routine usually includes some kind of complaint about having to run before the game. The comedian Lewis Black put it in terms which I understand best on the subject of running: He said, “I’ll never understand running, especially on a treadmill.” (We run on the outfield track) “My thought is, that if you run for twenty or so minutes, you should end up somewhere else (we are still in the ballpark).” Well on Sundays there is no need for any of this. Everything before the game is done at the convenience of each individual player and for some reason it make us happier than a kid on a snow day. This is somewhat ironic though because we are constantly striving to get better and staying in shape is one of the things which improves our skills. Not on this day though, because sometimes being happy and excited to be at the field can do just as much as a good run.
Gorkys Hernandez had a big day at the plate in the White Caps 7-3 win over Peoria. He went three for four with two doubles, a homerun and he scored three runs. James Skelton went two for three with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.
Matt O’Brien improved to 5-2 on the season with a nice start. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of work.
Jonah Nickerson completely shut down Cedar Rapids in the White Caps 5-0 win. He improved to 9-6 and he gave up just two hits with seven strikeouts in the complete game shutout.
Ryan Strieby had a huge day at the plate. He homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the way for the White Caps. Jordan Newton went three for four with a double and an RBI.
The White Caps couldn’t get much done at the plate as they were held to just four hits. Brennan Boesch belted a solo homerun and Joseph Tucker reached base three times with a single, two walks and an RBI.
Kelvin Cedano gave up two runs in two innings of relief and he took the loss. A nice start by Charles Furbush went to waste and he gave up just one run on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in five innings.
Matt O’Brien improved to 4-2 on the season with a nice start in the White Caps 4-0 win over Cedar Rapids. He gave up just four hits and he struck out seven in the win.
Ryan Strieby belted a solo homerun in the win. Audy Ciriaco doubled, drew a walk and scored a run.
Lauren Gagnier dropped to 4-10 on the season with another tough loss in the White Caps 5-2 loss to the Bees. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of work.
James Skelton had a nice day at the plate in the loss. He went two for three with a double.
The White Caps scored a single run in the first inning but that’s all they’d get the entire game as they lost to the Bees 4-1. Joseph Tucker had two of the White Cap’s four hits and he scored their only run.
A pretty good start went to waste for Duane Below and he fell to 8-5 on the season. He gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Jonah Nickerson improved to 8-6 on the season with a nice start in the White Caps 5-3 win over Burlington. He gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings.
Ryan Strieby doubled and drove in three runs in the win. Joseph Tucker went two for four with a double, an RBI and a run.
Ryan Strieby had a big day at the plate in the White Caps 11-2 blowout win over the Bees. He went three for four with two homeruns, four RBIs and three runs. Brennan Boesch also had a big day and he went two for five with a double, a homerun and four RBIs.
Charles Furbush picked up the win his first White Caps start. The Tigers’ fourth round pick in his years draft gave up one run on three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in five innings of work.
The White Caps took care of Kane County 4-1 and it was Lauren Gagnier who got it done on the mound. He gave up just one run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Jeramy Laster went two for four with a double. Joseph Tucker singled twice and he scored a run in the win.
Five White Caps’ errors led to five unearned runs in their 8-2 loss to the Kane County Cougars. Duane Below took the loss despite a decent start. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings. The loss dropped him to 8-4 on the season.
Scott Sizemore singled twice and he scored both White Caps runs in the loss. Brennan Boesch went two for four with an RBI. They accounted for all four White Caps hits.
Jonah Nickerson improved to 7-6 on the season with a nice start in the White Caps 6-3 win over the Cougars. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings.
Brennan Boesch went three for five with two RBIs. Scott Sizemore went one for three with a double, two walks, two RBIs and a run.
The White Caps broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the eighth inning to beat Beloit 5-3. Scott Sizemore finished the game two for three with two doubles, a walk and an RBI. Deik Scram singled twice, scored a run and drove in one.
Kelvin Cedano picked up the win with two innings of relief. He improved to 1-0 and he gave up just one run on one walk with one strikeout.
The White Caps pulled this one out with a flair for the dramatic. Down 1-0 Scott Sizemore scored on a ground out by James Skelton to tie the game out and then Sizemore scored on a throwing error on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the eleventh to win it. Sizemore finished the game four for five.
Casey Fien picked up the win and he improved to 4-0 on the season. He pitched a shutout eleventh inning in which he struck out the side.
The White Caps came back from a 3-0 deficit and scored three runs in the ninth to tie it, but then Phil Napolitan gave up two runs in the top of the twelth to lose it for the team. The loss dropped his record to 0-2 on the season.
Scott Sizemore went three for six with a triple and two RBIs. Gorkys Hernandez went two for five with a triple and a run.
James Skelton doubled home Scott Sizemore in the bottom of the twelth inning to win it for the White Caps 5-4. Jeramy Laster singled twice and drove in two runs while Santo De Leon went three for four with a triple and a run.
Casey Fien picked up the win and he improved to 3-0 with two innings of shutout relief. He gave up one hit and one walk with four strikeouts.
Matt O’Brien dropped to 3-1 on the season with a tough start in the White Caps 8-6 loss to the Loons. He gave up six runs on eleven hits with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Audy Ciriaco had a big day at the plate. He went three for four with three doubles, two RBIs and two runs. Scott Sizemore went three for six with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
The White Caps took care of the Loons in a 9-4 beatdown. Santo De Leon led the way for West Michigan and he went two for four with three RBIs and two runs. Brennan Boesch had another nice game and he went two for three with a walk, an RBI and two runs.
Luis Marte picked up the win and he improved to 1-1 on the season. He gave up one run on six hits and two walks with six strikeout six innings.
Lauren Gagnier had a mixed bag of a start as he fell to 3-9 on the season. He gave four runs, but only two of them were earned and he struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings.
Brennan Boesch was the hitting star. He went two for four with a triple and an RBI.
Santo De Leon had a fantastic game in the White Caps 10-2 blowout win over Fort Wayne. He went three for four and he drove in a team high four runs. Gorkys Hernandez also continued his nice season with two hits, two runs andtwo RBIs.
Duane Below improved to 8-3 on the season with six shutout innings. He gave up three hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
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