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Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap 4/5/13: Whitecaps Win Again


March 26, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon (43) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Louisville 6, Toledo 4

The Toledo Mud Hens fell to 0-2 on the young season with their second straight loss to the Louisville Bats. Nick Castellanos picked up his first hit of the season, but he was still only 1-5 on the day with three strike outs. He has six strike outs in eight at-bats. Quintin Berry had two hits and two walks. Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout and one walk allowed.

Armando Galarraga was the pitcher of record for Louisville (5 IP, 6 SO, 3 BB, 1 ER). Cincinnati Reds top prospect Billy Hamilton stole three bases.


Altoona 4, Erie 1

Erie really couldn’t get the bats going in this one. Only three players had hits: Hernan Perez (3-4), James McCann (2-4), and Ramon Cabrera (1-4), and none were for extra bases. Tyler Collins and James Robbins each added a walk, but that was pretty much the extent of the offense, and that was pretty much the extent of the highlights.


Tampa 9, Lakeland 2

The Flying Tigers are now 0-2. Steven Moya came away with three singles in five at-bats, and Eugenio Suarez went 2-5 with a double. Brandon Loy was 1-2 with two doubles.

Drew VerHagen got the start and pitched 4.1 innings giving up four hits, two walk, and three runs to go with one strikeout. Will Clinard had an excellent 1.2 innings of relief worth — he allowed zero runs and struck out one hitter.


West Michigan 6, Dayton 0

The Whitecaps are the only team in the Tigers’ organization to start 2-0. Montreal Robertson got the start and had a no-hitter going through the fifth when he was lifted from the game. Had three strikeouts and one walk in his five innings of work.

Mike Hernandez did what 29 year olds do in the Midwest League, he went 2-2 with a double and two walks. Bennett Pickar also had two hits — one a double — and Austin Schotts reached base for the first time with two walks.