Ben Verlander went 4 for 4 for Lakeland on Friday and is hitting .375 this season.
Here’s a look at how the Tigers’ affiliates fared in Friday’s games.
INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE – INDIANAPOLIS 4, TOLEDO 3: The Indians scored four runs off Toledo starter Thad Weber in the sixth inning while posting the victory. Catcher Manny Pina had two hits and an RBI for the Mud Hens (7-7).
EASTERN LEAGUE – ALTOONA 12, ERIE 3: Center fielder Wynton Bernard and catcher Austin Green each had two hits for the SeaWolves (6-8) in the loss. Starter Chad Green gave up eight hits and four runs in 4 2/3 loss while suffering the pitching loss for Erie.
FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE – CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 4: Ben Verlander was 4-for-4 with a double and Steven Moya had a pair of doubles and drove in two for Lakeland (6-10). Montreal Robertson gave up four runs in two innings of relief of starter Locke St. John while suffering the loss.
MIDWEST LEAGUE – DAYTON 8, WEST MICHIGAN 5: Top Tigers prospect Derek Hill had two hits, including a double, and two steals in his return to the lineup for West Michigan in a loss to the Dragons. Arivicent Perez and Zach Shepherd each had three hits and drove in two for the Whitecaps (8-8). A.J. Ladwing gave up eight runs – six earned – in 3 2/3 innings while suffering the pitching loss.
Dixon Machado’s strong finish to the season led to him earning recognition from the Eastern League.
The Erie SeaWolves shortstop was named the league’s player of the month for August after hitting .410 with a .515 on-base percentage. Machado also ranked among the Eastern League leaders in August with 34 hits, 18 walks and a .590 on-base percentage.
The 22-year old Machado split this season with Lakeland and Erie and hit .286 with 31 doubles in 131 games.
Here’s a look at how the Tigers’ affiliates fared Friday.
MIDWEST LEAGUE – FORT WAYNE 6, WEST MICHIGAN 2: Fort Wayne scored five runs in the first three innings off West Michigan starter Jonathan Crawford en route to the win in the decisive Game 3 of the opening-round playoff series. Crawford gave up five runs (four earned) and five hits in 3 1/3 innings in the season-ending loss for the Whitecaps. Jeff Holm had a hit and scored two runs and Bennett Pickar had a RBI for West Michigan, which managed just five hits. The Whitecaps season concludes with an 82-58 mark that included winning their first division title in seven years..
The dream of a title remains alive for one of the Tigers’ affiliates after the second day of playoff games Thursday. Here’s a look at how the Tigers’ affiliates fared.
Bennett Pickar’s sacrifice fly plated the go-ahead run in West Michigan’s 2-1 playoff win over Fort Wayne.
MIDWEST LEAGUE – WEST MICHIGAN 2, FORT WAYNE 1: Bennett Pickar’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning plated Dominic Ficociello with the go-ahead run as the Whitecaps forced a decisive Game 3 in the opening-round playoff series. Raph Rhymes had a RBI double in the fourth inning that plated outfielder Michael Gerber with the tying run after West Michigan fell behind 1-0 in the third. Continue reading
Here’s a look at how the Tigers’ affiliates fared Wednesday.
MIDWEST LEAGUE – FORT WAYNE 7, WEST MICHIGAN 5: Josh VanMeter’s two-run single with no outs in the eighth off West Michigan reliever Luke Putkonen lifted the TinCaps to the victory in Game 1 of Eastern Division playoff series. Putkonen gave up four hits and two runs while suffering the loss. Midwest League MVP Wynton Bernard was 2-for-4 and had a three-run home run as part of a four-run fifth inning for the Whitecaps. Shortstop Domingo Leyba also had a home run for West Michigan.
NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE – TRI-CITY 3, CONNECTICUT 2 (11 innings): Alfredo Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly off Connecticut reliever Paul Voelker plated Terrell Joyce with the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th to lift Tri-City to the victory in Game 1 of the New York-Penn League semifinals. First baseman Will Maddox was 2-for-6 with a triple and RBI and Ben Verlander had a double and RBI for the Tigers.
Here’s a look at how the Tigers’ affiliates fared Monday.
INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE – COLUMBUS 2, TOLEDO 1 (12 innings): Russell Branyan drove in the tying run on a bases loaded walk and former Mud Hen Audy Ciriaco drove in the winning run on a single as Columbus rallied to the 12 inning victory. The Mud Hens (69-74) had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the 12th on Danny Worth’s one-out single to break the scoreless tie. Kevin Whelan took the loss after being unable to close out the game and allowing two runs without recording an out in the 12th.