March 14, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Casey Crosby (45) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets in the spring training game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Casey Crosby (4.44 ERA) had a terrific line for the Mud Hens on Saturday. He went 6.2 innings with 8 strikeouts, one walk, two hits, and zero runs allowed. He’s battled wildness (and ineffectiveness) for much of the season so far, but today saw a very encouraging result. Al Alburquerque allowed two hits, but struck out two as well and didn’t walk a batter or allow a run in 1.1 innings of relief.
Nick Castellanos went 1-3 (single) with a walk and a strikeout. His OPS is up to .786 on the year. Ben Guez, Danny Dorn, and Brandon Douglas each had a double (Douglas also singled), and Argenis Diaz had a pair of singles.
Daniel Fields had a nice day, going 2-3 (two doubles) plus a walk. He’s been very impressive with the bat in Erie (a hitter-friendly environment) hitting .289/.384/.508 on the season. Eugenio Suarez has continued to hit well following his promotion to AA, he was 1-3 on the day and owns an .825 OPS at the level. Tyler Collins and Hernan Perez each were 1-4 with a single.
Victor Larez was the Erie starting pitcher. He went 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits (one home run) and a walk. Larez struck out three.
Kyle Ryan had allowed three runs in three innings of work on five hits and two walks. He had three strikeouts.
The game is scheduled to be completed on Sunday.
Endrys Briceno went six innings and allowed only a single run. He struck out one, walked two, and allowed six hits. Chad Smith struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to record his first save of the year.
No member of the West Michigan Whitecaps recorded multiple hits in the game, but Danry Vasquez‘s hit left the yard for his third home run of the year. Vasquez also drew a walk and upped his slash line to .277/.317/.398. Austin Schotts had West Michigan’s only other extra base hit, a double, but he also struck out twice. Devon Travis was 1-3 (a single) but he also drew a walk.