TigsTown Fall Notebook: Krol, Larish heat up

The American fall leagues have begun to wind down, as teams enter their respective home stretches. However, the Caribbean Leagues are really heating up and will continue play through the holidays. Check inside to see which Tigers are peaking and which are slumping after a long year.

Starting on the pitching side of things, right-hander Guillermo Moscoso saw action in one game for Leones del Caracas last week; tossing two scoreless innings while recording six strikeouts. In similar dominating fashion – albeit in the Dominican Winter League – Jose Capellan continues his dominance in a starting role for Gigantes. In his lone start of the week, Capellan threw five innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts. That performance sets his season totals at 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA as he tries to prepare for a run at the Detroit bullpen in 2008.

In the AFL, AA-righty Burke Badenhop picked up another win with three scoreless innings over the course of two outings. Jeff Gerbe's two outings on the week were a tale of two entirely different stories. After tossing two scoreless with four strikeouts, Gerbe came back to allow four hits and three earned runs in his next outing. The least experienced of the pitcher the Tigers sent to the AFL, Noah Krol has settled in nicely after a rough start. In two appearances, Krol managed three scoreless frames with six strikeouts – five of which came in one two inning appearance.

Dallas Trahern has picked up a win for Team USA in the 2007 World Cup, going six innings allowing one unearned run, with a walk and one strikeout in their 12-2 pasting of Spain. Trahern's victory helped Team USA move to 4-1 in the tournament, and he should be in line for a second start if the US can make it to the championship contest.

Looking at the offensive side of things, the recently departed Gorkys Hernandez can't seem to get on track in the VWL; going 0-for-5 last week with two strikeouts. Teammate Omar Infante – who also appears on the way out of Detroit – was 4-for-21 with four runs scored; raising his season line to .284/.359/.314. In the Mexican Pacific League, Max Leon is finally seeing consistent playing time and beginning to heat up as a result; going 4-for-12 last week with two doubles and an RBI. His season line is now up to .273/.294/.333 with Culiacan.

Twenty-year old Audy Ciriaco finally took the field for Leones del Escogido, seeing time in three games last week while going 4-for-11 with four runs scored, two RBI, and three walks in his first action of the season. Backup catcher Mike Rabelo continues to see time for Azucareros, going 4-for-13 with a run and an RBI while working behind the dish for three games last week.

Out in the Hawaii Winter Baseball League, Dusty Ryan continues to be a double machine; notching two more in six at-bats; along with three walks and an RBI this week. His season line may not look impressive, but his .373 on-base percentage demonstrates his keen eye and leaves hope that he could rebound next season back on the mainland. 2007-draftee Danny Worth managed a .273 average last week with a double and two RBI for the North Shore Honu. Despite just a 1-for-6 showing last week, outfielder Jeramy Laster continues to rank third in the HWBL in slugging (.603).

Wrapping things up in the AFL, infielder Scott Sizemore has cooled down since his white-hot start to the fall, hitting only .261 on the week, but still managing a double, a triple, and three runs driven in. His season line still stands at an impressive .366/.444/.563 in 17 games. First baseman Jeff Larish has finally started to heat up in the desert; hitting .467 last week with three doubles, two RBI, and four walks. In 21 games for Peoria, Larish is now hitting .288/.398/.411.

Quick Hits: Eulogio de la Cruz tossed his second straight scoreless outing for Estrellas, giving him 1-1/3 flawless innings for the fall……Reds prospect Johnny Cueto looks dominant and ready for a big league job next spring, notching a 3-0 record with 17 strikeouts in 17 innings……Outfielder Mike Hernandez hasn't picked up a bat in his last four appearances, working as a defensive replacement for Aguilas……Current minor league free agent and former Tiger Jeremy Johnson continues to put on a display for prospective suitors; adding another win to move his Mexican Pacific League record to 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 35-1/3 innings……Despite being 44-years old, former Tiger outfielder Luis Polonia can still perform, as evidenced by his .274/.348/.341 line with three steals for Aguilas in the DWL.

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