For the first month of the Detroit Tigers season it seemed like minor-league action would help distract from the brutal MLB product. But the Tigers have been decent in May! They’re 7-7 on the month and their run differential is just -8, a far cry from the ugly -58 we saw in April.
Sadly, those offensive struggles seem to have trickled down to the minors. Perhaps the Detroit Tigers and their affiliates all just need a month to get on track.
Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap – Week 2
Toledo Mud Hens, 3-8, t6th (4.5 GB) in the Triple-A East, Midwest Division
Injuries to the Detroit Tigers meant the Mud Hens were hit with their first wave of roster moves last week, and the club went just 1-5 against the Indianapolis Indians, though four of the games were one-run affairs. In Tuesday’s opener the Hens outhit Indianapolis 8-4, and Matt Manning (6IP, 3H, 3ER, 0BB, 7K) was solid, but unfortunately all four Indians hits were solo home runs, and Toledo lost 4-3. A 9th-inning homer from Christin Stewart made things interesting on Wednesday, but Toledo fell 5-3. The Mud Hens pulled out their lone win of the week on Thursday, battling back from a 5-0 deficit thanks to a big game from Victor Reyes (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, SB).
Unfortunately that was the highlight of the week, with Toledo’s bullpen collapsing in a 6-2 loss on Friday, and Renato Núñez and Aderlin Rodriguez both striking out with the bases loaded in the 9th inning during Saturday’s 5-4 loss. On Sunday the Mud Hens leapt out to a 5-0 lead, with Derek Hill homering on the first pitch of the game. But Manning had a disastrous outing (1.2IP, 5H, 4ER, 3BB, K) and Indianapolis tied the game in the 8th on a home run off Jason Foley, before eventually walking it off against Buck Farmer in the 9th.
- Reyes had the best week of any Mud Hens hitter, going 9-for-26 with three doubles and a homer. Isaac Paredes also had nine hits on the week, but they were all singles.
- Matt Manning is getting an awfully rude awakening in Triple-A. He had allowed just 16 home runs in more than 330 professional innings heading into this season, but he has already given up 8 homers in 12.2 innings this year. That’s the highest total in all of minor-league baseball.
- The Mud Hens return home this week to face off against the Columbus Clippers, who are 6-5 on the season and feature former Tigers players Kyle Dowdy and Anthony Gose.