Detroit Tigers Minor League Recap Week 8: Toledo is fueled by homers

Ryan Kreidler of the Erie Seawolves dives safely back to first base ahead of the tag by Jeremy Vasquez of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on May 18, 2021 at UPMC Park in Erie.P5seawolves051821
Ryan Kreidler of the Erie Seawolves dives safely back to first base ahead of the tag by Jeremy Vasquez of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on May 18, 2021 at UPMC Park in Erie.P5seawolves051821 /
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Double-A: Erie SeaWolves Northeast: Southeast Divison (30-18)

Erie became the first team in the Northeast to 30 wins after rattling off four in a row on the road against the Akron Rubberducks with some clutch pitching and hitting and continue to have the best record among the Detroit Tigers affiliates.

In the first game on Tuesday, Erie was shutout 3 to 0 as left-hander Juan Hillman allowed six hits over six innings and struck out five. SeaWolves starter Paul Richan was pulled after one inning and Joe Navilhon went four innings in relief.

On Wednesday, Erie was playing a doubleheader as the first game was a makeup one from June 3rd and they lost them both 4-2 to and 6 to 4 in the nightcap.  Joey Wentz made his Erie debut in the first game and allowed one hit over two innings of work and walked three as he was having a hard time with his command.

In the nightcap, Erie jumped out to a 4-3 lead, thanks to three home runs from Ryan Kreidler, Spencer Torkelson, and Andre Lipcius.

Kreidler on the day went 3-for-4. The bullpen in the fifth allowed three runs and that would be the difference for Erie.  On Thursday, Riley Greene returned to the lineup after a few days off and went 1-for-5. Kreidler had another multiple-hit game, going 2-for-5 as Erie exploded for nine runs in the 9-7 victory.  Dingler hit two triples and Lipcius added a double.

Friday’s game featured strong pitching from Erie’s two newest pitchers in Chance Kirby and YaYa Chentouf. Kirby went six innings, allowing one run on five hits and struck out three and Chentouf allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings in relief as Dingler’s first home run in Double-A provided to be a big one as his two-run shot gave all the offense the SeaWolves needed in their 2 to 1 victory.

Saturday and Sunday would see the SeaWolves put ten and nine runs in the 10-5 victory Saturday night and a 9 to 4 win. Kreidler hit his 8th on the season on Saturday and Erie hit six doubles as eight of the nine Erie starters got a hit.  For the week, Erie finished 4-3 against Akron and kick off a home series against Reading on Tuesday.

SeaWolves stats of the week: 

  • Kreidler put up a good week, batting .370/.419/.667 with two home runs and had an OPS of 1.086
  • Dingler, who grew up in Massillon, Ohio, had a section of fans rooting him on. He also had a good week, going 7-for-21, (.333/.318/.714), and for the month of June, is hitting .341.
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