Minor League Recaps 7/31

Jair Jurrjens made his return to the Detroit organization, as the right-hander started for Toledo. - Greg Fiume

West Michigan and Connecticut were the only two affiliates during yesterday's action to win. Lakeland was postponed due to rain. Jair Jurrjens made his return to the Detroit organization by starting Toledo's ballgame, while Corey Knebel notched his tenth professional save for West Michigan.

Triple-A: Toledo Mud Hens (48-65)

L, 6-3 vs. Durham. Jair Jurrjens made his return to the Detroit organization. Luke Putkonen, Darin Downs, Jose Ortega and Jose Valverde also all pitched for Toledo. Jordan Lennerton had a big day at the plate, as the first basemen went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Nick Castellanos was with his wife – who was going into labor.

  • RHP Jair Jurrjens: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Luke Putkonen: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Darin Downs (L, 0-1): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Jose Ortega: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Jose Valverde: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Jordan Lennerton: 4-4, R, 2B (16), RBI, BB
  • LF Danny Dorn: 1-4, 2B (17), RBI, 2 K
  • DH Mike Cervenak: 2-5, R, 2 2B (11), RBI, 1 K
  • CF Kevin Russo: 1-5, R, 2B (21), 4 K
Double-A: Erie SeaWolves (57-51)

L, 7-6 vs. Reading. Erie scored three runs in the ninth inning, but the rally fell one run short. Five different SeaWolves recorded multiple hits, while Eugenio Suarez and Marcus Lemon both homered in the losing effort.

  • LHP Ramon Garcia (L, 0-2): 7 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 4 HR
  • RHP Will Clinard: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • C James McCann: 1-5, RBI, 2 K
  • CF Daniel Fields: 2-5, R
  • SS Eugenio Suarez: 3-5, 2 R, HR (9), 2 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Tyler Collins: 2-3, BB, 1 K
  • DH Ramon Cabrera: 0-5, RBI, 1 K
  • RF Jamie Johnson: 3-4, R, BB, SB (18)
  • 1B Brandon Douglas: 1-4
  • 2B Marcus Lemon: 2-4, 2 R, HR (1), RBI, 1 K
Low-A: West Michigan Whitecaps (53-54)

W, 3-1 vs. Great Lakes. West Michigan’s two-run first inning was the difference in the ballgame, as the Loons were held to just one run on six hits. Endrys Briceno earned the win for West Michigan by tossing five innings of one-run ball. Corey Knebel struck out two batters in the ninth en route to earning his tenth professional save.

  • RHP Endrys Briceno (W, 7-6): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Chad Smith (H, 7): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Calvin Drummond (H, 2): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Corey Knebel (S, 10): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • LF Jeff Holm: 1-4, R
  • SS Jared Reaves: 1-3, R, BB, 1 K
  • 3B Jason King: 1-4, R, RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Dean Green: 1-3, BB
  • DH Lance Durham: 1-4, RBI
  • 2B Harold Castro: 0-3
  • CF Jake Stewart: 0-2, RBI, BB
  • RF Raph Rhymes: 1-2, 2 BB
  • C Adolfo Reina: 1-4, 2 K
Class-A Short-Season: Connecticut Tigers (19-24)

W, 3-2 vs. Batavia. The Tigers scored two runs in the third inning and never surrendered the lead. Ben Verlander drove in two of Connecticut’s runs while Dominic Ficociello drove in the other. Will LaMarche – who threw two scoreless innings in relief – earned the win for the Tigers. Zac Reininger then notched his fifth save of the season by tossing a clean ninth inning.

  • RHP Austin Pritcher: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Ryan Beck: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Will LaMarche (W, 1-0): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Zac Reininger (S, 5): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • CF Austin Schotts: 2-4, R, 1 K
  • RF Ben Verlander: 2-4, 3B (2), 2 RBI, 2 K
  • SS Curt Powell: 1-4, 2 K
  • 1B Pat Leyland: 0-3, 1 K
  • LF Kasey Coffman: 1-2, R, 1 K
  • 2B Dominic Ficociello: 2-4, R, RBI, 1 K
  • DH Austin Green: 1-4, 2 K
Rookie: Gulf Coast League Tigers (21-12)

L, 5-2 vs. GCL Phillies. The Phillies plated two runs in the first inning and the Tigers could never recover. Starter Nick Carmichael was tagged with the loss, as the right-hander allowed four runs over five innings. Javier Betancourt drove in both of the Tigers’ runs.

  • RHP Nick Carmichael (L, 2-2): 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Joshua Carr: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Brett Huber: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • LF Rashad Brown: 3-5, SB (5)
  • RF Samuel Crafort: 2-4, 2 R, 2 K
  • SS Javier Betancourt: 0-2, 2 RBI
  • 3B Steven Fuentes: 1-4, 1 K
  • C Tim Remes: 0-2, BB, 1 K

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