Tigers Minor League Wrap 7-17-08

Toledo 6 Pawtucket 15
Brent Clevlen homered twice and Derek Wathan hit a grand slam. But it was no match for the Big Papi led Pawtucket team. Virgil Vasquez was bludgeoned for 3 homers and 7 runs in 3.1 innings.

Erie 7 Akron 5
Deik Scram homered and added 2 singles. Casper Wells was 4 for 4 with a homer, 3 doubles, and a walk. Dusty Ryan also had 3 hits. Kody Kirkland homered and walked. Josh Rainwater allowed 5 runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings.

Dontrelle Willis pitches for Lakeland - cr Roger DeWitt

Dontrelle Willis pitches for Lakeland - cr Roger DeWitt

St. Lucie 5 Lakeland 2
Dontrelle Willis started and went 3 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits, 1 K, and NO WALKS. Ryan Strieby homered.

St. Lucie 3 Lakeland 5
Jeramy Laster homered and drove in two runs. Justin Justice tripled and walked. Jonah Nickerson fanned 5 in 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits. Rob Weinhardt got a 1.1 inning save with 2 K’s.

West Michigan 7 Beloit 11

Brandon Douglas is enjoying his time in the Midwest League and he went 4 for 5 with a homer and 2 doubles. Phil Nardozzi allowed 7 runs and didn’t make it out of the 4th inning.

Brooklyn 4 Oneonta 5

Chris White went 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Brian Pounds tripled, singled, and walked. David Stokes allowed 4 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings.

GCL Blue Jays 2 GCL Tigers 4
Alexis Espinoza hit his first stateside homer and added a single. Alden Carrithers also went deep and walked. Brandon Hamilton fanned 7 and allowed 2 runs in 5.2 innings. Nick Cassavechia pitched 2.1 innings allowing only a walk while striking out 5.


  1. Chief Monday

    July 18, 2008 at 12:22 am

    No Walks for Willis! This guy could be huge for us in the stretch run if he can pitch with control.

  2. tom

    July 18, 2008 at 8:23 am

    I agree, Chief. He was hit hard, though, by Class A guys. ‘Get me over’ pitches, you think?

  3. Kathy

    July 18, 2008 at 9:41 am

    My gosh, they sure did change his delivery. That picture says a thousand words. If anyone can make it, DTrain will. But that is a drastic change. We may not get much from him til next year although he’s aiming for a September comeback.

  4. tiff

    July 18, 2008 at 10:02 am

    RIP high-kick.

  5. Chris in Dallas

    July 18, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Well, considering he’s actually delivering the ball in that photo, I wouldn’t be writing a eulogy for the high kick. I do notice that his glove hand is STILL hanging around his shin, though. You’re not supposed to do that.