Detroit Tigers Minor League Report: Very Offensive

West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder Bryant Packard dives for a ball.
West Michigan Whitecaps outfielder Bryant Packard dives for a ball. /

Thursday was a fruitful night down on the farm, as three of the Detroit Tigers’ full-season affiliates were victorious, and the four clubs combined to score 30 runs. The top-ranked prospect in the system hit two opposite field home runs, and even some pitchers got into the act. Read about that and more in the…

Detroit Tigers Minor League Report

Triple-A: Toledo Mud Hens (5-9)

The Mud Hens won back-to-back games for just the second time this year, besting the Columbus Clippers 9-5. The game was tight until the bottom of the 4th when Toledo plated five runs, with the big knock coming in the form of a bases-clearing double from Aderlin Rodriguez. The Hens tacked on a few more runs to put the game out of reach, though Columbus made things a bit more interesting when they scored three runs in the 9th. Logan Shore (5IP, 5H, ER, BB, 3K) picked up the win, and the first two batters in Toledo’s lineup (Daz Cameron and Victor Reyes) combined to get on base seven times and score five runs.

Double-A: Erie SeaWolves (11-4)

Riley Greene was the story for Erie for the second straight night, going deep to the opposite field twice for his first multi-homer game since his very first pro appearance. But Greene wasn’t alone on Thursday, with Jacob Robson (4-for-5, 3 doubles), Josh Lester (4-for-5, 2 doubles and a triple), and Kerry Carpenter (2-for-5, HR) helping direct a 11-1 victory. Ricardo Pinto (6IP, 3H, 2BB, 6K) earned the win against Binghamton, dropping the the hapless Rumble Ponies to 1-13 on the season.

High-A: West Michigan Whitecaps (7-7)

The Whitecaps reached the .500 mark for the first time this season thanks to a 4-1 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. West Michigan was the only affiliate that didn’t pile on the offense last night, but it didn’t matter because Beau Brieske (6IP, H, R, 0ER, 9K) was stellar, and Wisconsin managed just one hit all game. That hit came in the first inning, with Thomas Dillard tripling in a run to make it 1-0 Timber Rattlers. But the Whitecaps tied it when Daniel Cabrera hit his first career home run, and then took the lead when Bryant Packard hit his 3rd home run of the season.

Low-A: Lakeland Flying Tigers (7-8)

West Michigan lacked offense but not pitching, while Lakeland had the opposite issue. The Flying Tigers piled up 17 baserunners on the night, but they still lost 12-6 to Bradenton. Gage Workman (2-for-3, 2B, 2BB) and Wenceel Perez (2-for-3, 2B, BB) were on base all night, and Cooper Johnson blasted a 3-run homer, but it still wasn’t enough. The Marauders made Lakeland starter Joseph Salazar (3IP, 4H, 2ER, 4BB, 4K) work hard, and then they blasted the Flying Tigers bullpen for 10 runs over the next four innings.

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