Tigers Minor League Wrap 4-3-08

At least everyone else in the organization won their opening days. Some great starting pitching efforts including the debut of Rick Porcello.

Durham 2 Toledo 3
Dane Sardinha homered and singled. Mike Hessman had a 2 hit day as well. Jeff Larish struggled in his AAA debut going 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts. Virgil Vasquez went 5 2/3 innings allowing only 1 run on 3 hits and a walk while fanning 8.

They’ll make it up with a doubleheader Saturday.

Lakeland 4, Tampa 1
Let the Rick Porcello hype begin. Five innings of one hit ball in his professional debut is a nice beginning. He fanned 3 and walked 2. Freddy Dolsi struck out the side, but also walked two and allowed a run before doing so. Cale Iorg tripled and James Skelton picked up 2 hits. Check in with LFT Blog who was attending the game and taking pictures (they’re just not posted at “press” time)

West Michigan 15 South Bend 2
Found the Tigers missing offense. It’s in Grand Rapids where the Whitecaps scored 10 times in the first inning. The whole offense did good needless to say. Ramon Garcia went six shut out innings allowing only 4 hits while fanning 5. The Surge was on hand and has filed a report.v


  1. Chris

    April 4, 2008 at 12:24 am

    WOW! I just did the math. The Tigers are on pace to score 270 runs…… This team is a total flop…

  2. Mike R

    April 4, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Very encouraging for Porcello. Is he starting there simply because it’s warmer or because they really believe he’s ready for High-A (can’t argue with the result today, but it was also just 1 start … would like to know his pitch count and how many he threw for strikes).

  3. Dave in New Have(n)

    April 4, 2008 at 11:09 am

    3 wins, no losses down below! Nothing like a little good news from the minors to take the edge of a bad start upstairs. Good to have the Minor League wrap-up back!

  4. Matt

    April 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for linking us over at The Surge, but I hate to say we were not at the game. Upon seeing the box, we’d have loved to have been there, though!