Detroit Tigers Weekly Minor League Recap: Dillon Dingler Dingers

Tigers catcher Dillon Dingler bats.
Tigers catcher Dillon Dingler bats. /
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Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap – Week 5

Erie SeaWolves, 19-10, 2nd (2.5 GB) in Double-A Northeast, Southwest Division

The rain that canceled Toledo’s Tuesday game held off for a day, and Erie was able to take down Akron 7-2 thanks to home runs from Riley Greene and Josh Lester and four scoreless innings from the bullpen. But the rain struck on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving the SeaWolves with a five-game week. The teams split a doubleheader on Friday, with a bases loaded double from Kerry Carpenter keying a 5-run 7th in Erie’s 8-2 victory in game one, while A.J. Ladwig (0.2IP, 3H, ER, BB, K) failed to make it out of the first inning in a 6-0 loss in game two.

Greene and Ryan Kreidler hit back-to-back home runs in the 6th inning on Saturday to pull the ‘Wolves to within one run, but the RubberDucks scored twice in the 7th and coasted to an 8-5 win. But Erie took the series on Sunday, using a huge game from recent call-up Andre Lipcius (2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2R, 3RBI) and a strong start from Pedro Payano (6IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 5K) to blank Akron 6-0.

  • Lipcius just keeps performing. Detroit’s 3rd-round pick in 2019 went 5-for-17 last week, tying for the team lead in both hits and RBIs. He’s now hitting an aesthetically pleasing .280/.350/.490 for the season.
  • Kreidler and Greene didn’t tear the cover off the ball last week, but they did their jobs as top-of-the-order hitters, going 10-for-40 with three home runs, four walks, and 12 runs scored.
  • Yaya Chentouf made his Double-A debut last week, scattering three hits and striking out two across two scoreless innings to earn a win. Detroit’s 36th rounder in 2018, Chentouf has seen a spike in velocity this year, and he has developed a new sweeping breaking ball.