Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The White Caps won the Midwest League championship for the second straight year as they came back from a 5-3 deficit to score eight runs in the fifth inning to turn the game into a rout. Michael Bertram went three for five with a triple, two RBIs and a run while Scott Sizemore went three for five with an RBI and two runs.
Charles Furbush was roughed up and he gave up five runs in just two innings. Luis Marte was impressive though and he threw five shutout innings of relief in which he struck out nine runs.
The White Caps two game lead in the Midwest League championship has disappeared the past two days and now after tonight’s 5-0 shutout loss to Beloit, the White Caps play a winner take all game five tonight. Jordan Newton was the only White Caps hitter to get two hits and Brennan Boesch had the only extra base hit with a double.
Jeffrey Gerbe had a rough start and he took the loss. He gave up five runs on six hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in seven innings. Two of those six hits went over the wall.
The White Caps failed to sweep their third straight playoff series of the season as Beloit took it to Matt O’Brien in an 8-5 loss. He gave up seven of the eight runs on ten hits with one strikeout in just 1 2/3 innings. Lauren Gagnier was impressive in relief though. He gave up just one run in 5 2/3 innings but he struck out nine.
Jeramy Laster doubled and drove in four runs. Gorkys Hernandez pitched in with two singles and an RBI.
The White Caps took care of Beloit 3-2 and they’re now one win away from repeating as the Midwest League champions. Duane Below threw a solid game and he picked up his second postseason victory. He gave up just two runs on one hit and two walks with an impressive ten strikeouts in seven frames.
Jeramy Laster had the big hit of the game. His RBI tripled tied the game up and then he scored on an error for what turned out to be the game winning run. Scott Sizemore went two for three with a walk and a run.
Since the White Caps playoff run started, they haven’t lost and they made it five straight with a 4-3 win over Beloit. The runs came on a pair of two run homers. Jeramy Laster and Scott Sizemore were the two White Caps to go yard.
Jonah Nickerson was good enough to pick up the win. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
The White Caps won their best of three game series with South Bend today and finished with a sweep of both of playoff series to play in the Midwest League championship series. James Skelton led the way at the plate and he reached base five times. He singled twice, doubled, drew two walks, drove in two and scored once. Brennan Boesch also had a nice game and he went two for five with two RBIs.
Charles Furbush picked up the win although he hardly his best stuff. He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
The White Caps took a 1-0 lead over South Bend with some impressive pitching in a 4-0 win over South Bend. Jeffrey Gerbe picked up the win with 7 2/3 shutout innings in his start. He gave up just three hits and a walk and he struck out three.
Jeramy Laster went two for five with a double, two RBIs and a run in the win. Ryan Strieby went two for three with a walk and a run.
The White Caps moved on to the Midwest League finals with some solid pitching from Matt O’Brien and a nice team effort at the plate. O’Brien gave up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits in five solid frames in the 6-3 win.
All six runs were driven in by different White Caps and only Jeramy Laster had more then one hit. It got the job done though. Gorkys Hernandez singled and he was the only hitter to both drive in and score a run.
The White Caps took a 1-0 lead in their playoff series with the Lugnuts behind a solid outing by Duane Below. He gave up just two runs on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jeramy Laster had a huge day at the plate in the 6-2 win. He homered twice and drove in four runs. Scott Sizemore had a team high three hits with a solo homerun and two runs.
The White Caps ended their regular season with a whimper as they were blown out by the Lugnuts 12-3. Ramon Garcia fell to 0-1 and he gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings.
James Skelton went two for four with a homerun and two RBIs. Brennan Boesch went one for three with a walk and an RBI.
The White Caps and Lugnuts combined for 23 runs on 36 hits in a 12-11 Lugnuts win as the two team’s regular seasons winded down. The White Caps came back from four runs down to tie it and send it into extra frames and then both teams scored twice in the eleventh. Then finally in the thirteenth, Zachary Piccola gave up a solo homer to end the game.
Four different White Caps had three hits and seven had two or more. Jeramy Laster went three for seven with three RBIs and a run while James Skelton had the White Caps lone long ball with a a two run homer in the third inning.
The Tigers 2007 fourth round draft pick, Charles Furbush was finally brought back down to earth as he lost his first minor league game since joining the Tigers. He gave up four runs (all in the fourth) on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.
Ryan Strieby went two for four with a homer and two RBIs. Michael Bertram went two for five with a double, a triple and a run.
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