Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Ramon Garcia gave up four first inning runs but the SeaWolves fought back and pulled to within a 5-5 tie. Unfortunately, Zach Simons gave up a ninth inning run and that cost the Wolves the win in the 6-5 loss. Garcia gave up five runs (three earned) in seven innings and Simons took the loss and he fell to 1-2.
Rawley Bishop went two for four with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI. Michael Bertam went two for five with a double, a run and an RBI.
Lester Oliveros gave up three runs in the eleventh inning as the SeaWolves lost to Richmond 6-3. Oliveros fell to 0-1 and that was after a solid start by Charles Furbush. Furbush gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Zach Simons also had a nice outing and he gave up just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in three shutout innings.
Rawley Bishop went one for three with a walk and two RBIs. Cale Iorg went one for with a walk and he scored a pair of runs.
With the Hens out of the playoff picture, Mike Hessman decided to play all nine positions. I was surprised to see he didn’t make one of the Hens four errors, which was good, but he did give up two runs in the ninth as the Hens lost a tight one 12-11. Josh Rainwater was hammered for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings and Zach Simons didn’t help things when he gave up two runs in the eighth.
Scott Sizemore went two for six with a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Brent Clevlen, who shuffled between right field and center field a few times, went one for one but his one hit was a two run home run and he finished with three runs because he drew four walks.
Ryan Ketchner made his Hens debut yesterday and he really got the job done in a 2-1 win. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Zach Simons threw two shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his first save.
Scott Sizemore went two for five with an RBI. Brent Clevlen went two for four with a run.
Toledo turned around a 6-3 deficit and scored four unanswered runs in the late innings to pull out a 7-6 win over Indianapolis. Mike Hessman went three for four with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs while Will Rhymes went two for two with two walks, two runs and an RBI.
Eddie Bonine was roughed up in his start and he gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Simons picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief while Jeremy Bonderman threw a shutout eighth in which he struck out two but gave up two hits. Casey Fien pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his 14th save of the season.
The Hens came back from a 7-4 deficit to beat the Clippers 8-7. Brent Dlugach went three for three with a walk, a double, a triple and two runs. Scott Sizemore went two for four with double, a walk and two RBIs while Mike Hessman went two for five with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Hessman has finally found his stroke since the All Star Break. Prior to that, he had an OPS of .678 and since it’s .933. He’s also hit nine home runs since the break in 33 games versus 10 in 80 games prior to the break. August has been his best month (1.012 OPS) so hopefully he gives the Hens a strong finish.
Scott Drucker was hammered for seven runs in three innings. Zach Simons threw two shutout innings of relief and he improved to 2-0 while Casey Fien threw a shutout ninth to pick up save number twelve.
The Hens beat Buffalo 10-6 and most of the attention was given to Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson, both of whom began their rehab assignments. Nate Robertson got the start and he threw 39 pitches, 31 of which were strikes. He did get in trouble in the third when he gave up a home run and left with a pair of baserunners, but the pen got him out of it. Jeremy Bonderman threw a shutout fifth inning in which he didn’t give up a hit, but he didn’t strike anyone out. Zach Simons picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief and Clay Rapada got the final four outs for his fifth save of the season.
Max St. Pierre had a big day at the plate. He went four for four with a double, a home run, four RBIs and two runs. Jeff Frazier went three for five with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs.
Scott Sizemore scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth and while that sent the game into frames, the contest didn’t last much longer then that. Zach Simons gave up two unearned runs in the top of the tenth and while the Wolves rallied for a run in the bottom half of the inning, it wasn’t enough.
Alex Avila went two for three with two walks and a run. Ryan Strieby went two for five and he belted his thirteenth home run. Michael Hollimon also went yard with his third of the season.
The Seawolves finally got to make up their games as they split a doubleheader with Harrisburg. In the first game, Erie used the long ball in a 9-6 win. Ryan Strieby hit his sixth and seventh home runs and he drove in four while Scott Sizemore and Santo De Leon both hit one home run a piece. Alfredo Figaro was touched up for five runs in 5 2/3 innings while Josh Kite picked up the win despite allowing the tying run (an inherited runner) to score).
Game two didn’t go quite as well as Erie blew a 6-0 lead and lost 7-6. Scott Sizemore hit another home run and Cale Iorg hit two solo shots (his first two of the season). Ramon Garcia pitched three shutout frames in his start before Zach Simons came in and gave up five runs.
Erie pitcher’s yielded just one hit in their 3-0 win over Altoona. Alfredo Figaro got things going with seven shutout frames without giving up a hit before yielding to the pen. Zach Simons kept things going with a no-hit eighth but then Brett Jensen gave up a two hit double in the ninth to spoil the no-hitter. Figaro struck out five and walked three to improve to 1-0 while Jensen picked up his third save of the season.
Scott Sizemore provided the bulk of the SeaWolves offense in the win. He went four for four with two doubles, a walk, two runs and an RBI. Santo De Leon singled twice and scored a run.
Ryan Strieby had just one hit in the Flying Tigers 11-5 win over Vero Beach but that was a two run blast. Combine that with two sac. flies and he finished the game with a team high four RBIs. Brandon Timm also had a big day and he went three for five with a triple, three RBIs and two runs.
Jonah Nickerson improved to 8-3 with the win. He gave up five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Zach Simons threw three shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his second save of the season.
Lakeland and Palm Beach needed eleven innings to finsh a game that saw a combined 23 runs and 33 hits. Rick Porcello had one of his worst starts of the season and he gave up four runs in five innings while Zach Simons picked up the win with a shutout eleventh inning.
Santo De Leon went three for six with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Jeramy Laster blasted a three run homer in the ninth to tie the game up (the Flying Tigers came back from a seven run deficit).
When the dust settled, Lakeland was beat down by Palm Beach 13-2 and seven of those runs came in the ninth inning. Matt O’Brien suffered his first loss of the season and he fell to 3-1. He gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Zach Simons gave up five runs on four hits and three walks in just 2/3 of an inning.
Brennan Boesch provided all of the Flying Tigers offense in this one. HE belted a two run homer in the fourth inning, and that was Lakeland got.
Rick Porcello didn’t get the win, but he had another nice start in Lakeland’s 4-1 win over Dunedin. He gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Simons got the final batter out in the sixth and he got the win while Guillermo Moscoso had an impressive outing. He struck out five of the six batters he faced over two perfect innings.
Jeramy Laster and Brandon Timm both hit solo shots. Brennan Boesch went three for four with a double and a run.
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