Detroit Tigers Minor League Report: Spencer the hero

West Michigan Whitecaps infielder Spencer Torkelson fields ground balls during practice Monday, May 3, 2021 at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, MI.White Caps
West Michigan Whitecaps infielder Spencer Torkelson fields ground balls during practice Monday, May 3, 2021 at LMCU Ballpark in Comstock Park, MI.White Caps /
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The Detroit Tigers number one overall pick in 2020 Spencer Torkelson provided the biggest moment in his young career.

Detroit Tigers Minor League Report

Toledo Mud Hens (3-7) Triple-A East

The Mud Hens dropped their second straight to the Indians 5 to 4. Isaac Paredes, playing third last night, went 2-for-5 and drove in two. The Mud Hens would threaten in the 9th. After Derek Hill struck out, Zach Short was hit in the head by a pitch and was replaced by Yariel Gonzalez. The next batter, Victor Reyes, singled, moving up Gonzalez, who would score on Paredes’s second hit on the night.  Indians pitcher Nick Mears was replaced by Tyler Bashlor, who then walked Christin Stewart to have the bases loaded but Bashlor would strike out Renato Nunez and Aderlin Rodriguez to end the game.

Erie SeaWolves (7-4) Double-A Northeast

The SeaWolves would fall 7 to 2 to Akron as Josh Lester provided the lone home run across the Tigers system with a solo shot in the 9th. Ryan Krielder and Riley Greene both went 1-for-4 as the RubberDucks struck out Erie 16 times.

West Michigan Whitecaps (4-6) High-A Central

The Whitecaps provided the lone victory in the system with a thrilling 2 to 1 walk-off victory over the Great Lakes Loons. Three relievers, Zac Shepherd, Brendan White, and Chaver Fernander combined for six innings of hitless relief on a rainy evening on the west side.  Bryant Packard led off the 9th inning with a double.

After a Corey Joyce walk and a Rey Rivera fly out, Jose King would move Packard over to third on a grounder to first. Reliever Braidyn Fink would issue his second free pass of the inning, walking Parker Meadows before setting up a great call here by Whitecaps play by play man Dan Hasty.

Lakeland Flying Tigers (5-6) Low-A Southeast

The Flying Tigers lost 8 to 2 last night to Tampa. Adam Wolf started for Lakeland, going three innings, allowing two runs on three hits, and striking out five. After going hitless on Friday, outfielder Eric De La Rosa picked up where he left off, going 1-for-3. In his last six games, De La Rosa has been a consistent force in the lineup, hitting .474/ .565/ .737 with an OPS of 1.302 (9-for-19)

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