Minor League Notebook: 8/24

It was a rough day all around for the Tiger organization on Tuesday, as the Tigers lost, and only Erie was able to come up with a win - although Lakeland was well on its way to getting another win before they were suspended due to rain. All in all, the teams combined to go 1-4, but Oneonta got another great pitching performance, even if it involved his first loss with the O-Tigers.

AAA Toledo 63-68, 2nd place in West division
The Mudhens fell on Tuesday to Indianapolis by a score of 4-2. Matt Roney took the loss, his first with Toledo. Despite the loss, Roney didn't pitch poorly, giving up 4 runs in 7 innings with 5 strikeouts. Toledo managed 10 hits at the plate, but weren't able to convert much of that into offense despite 4 extra base hits, and an additional 5 walks. Andy Barkett, Mike DiFelice and Rayner Bautista each had 2 hits for the Mudhens.

Well, Matt Roney isn't off to his best start with Toledo - but it hasn't been all bad. All along the Tigers knew Roney didn't have the same ceiling as Wilfredo Ledezma, but no one expected Ledezma to make the jump as quickly as he did. Roney's progress hasn't been as quick, and while he's not a lost cause, his destiny with the team probably lies where he originally started - the bullpen.

AA Erie 71-56, 2nd place in Southern division
The Seawolves continued to roll, beating Altoona 11-5 on Tuesday. Kyle Sleeth got a no decision as the starter, but pitched well, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings. He did however walk and strike out just 1. Roberto Novoa, who was just recently returned to Erie from Detroit, got the win in relief despite allowing 2 runs in 2 innings. David Espinosa had a big game, going 2-for-3 with 2 solo Home Runs for Erie. Ryan Raburn also continues to rock the ball, driving in 3 runs on 3 hits, while scoring 1 himself. SS Anderson Hernandez also went 2-for-3 with 3 runs.

David Espinosa had an excellent first half, followed by a mediocre second half. Espinosa however is still an extremely patient hitter, which helps his .263 batting average. However, while Curtis Granderson, Raburn, and Juan Tejada have been crushing the ball, Espinosa hasn't followed suit, and in turn, his prospect star is probably dimming just a bit. The fact that he was left off the team's Arizona Fall League probably indicates that while they are very pleased with his progress, he still hasn't yet reached the top echelon as a prospect.

High-A Lakeland 19-36, 6th place in West division
Lakeland's game with Fort Myers was suspended in the 2nd inning due to rain - Lakeland was up 5-0 when the rain hit. It will be completed next Monday in Fort Myers.

Low-A West Michigan 33-25, tied 1st place in Eastern division
The Whitecaps have been rolling as of late, but that stopped on Tuesday with a 3-1 loss to South Bend. Brian Rogers was the losing pitcher, despite pitching well. Rogers gave up 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings, with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk. Unfortunately, the offense wasn't up to the challenge and could only manage 1 run. Jason Knoedler went 2-for-3 in the losing effort, while Wilton Reynolds drove in the team's lone run. Luckily, Lansing also lost on Tuesday, so the team is still in a tie atop the division.

SS-A Oneonta 31-31, 2nd place in Stedler division
The O-Tigers were losers as well on Tuesday, falling to Brooklyn 3-0. Nate Bumstead pitched well again but took the loss, his first with Oneonta, giving up 2 runs over 6 innings and striking out 9. Oneonta wasn't too impressive at the plate, managing just 3 singles while striking out 10 times.

Rookie GCL Tigers 24-31, 3rd place in Northern division
The GCL Tigers also fell on Tuesday, dropping their game against the GCL Phillies 8-1. Troy Pickford started and did well in his short appearance, going 2 innings without allowing a hit or handing out a walk, and striking out 3. Lucas French would take the loss, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings. The GCL Tigers offense was sluggish as well, managing just 2 hits - a double from Leonardo Grullon and a single from Cody Collet.

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