The Michigan baseball team (now 11-14) hosted Minnesota (17-12) this weekend, and lost 2 of 3 games despite outscoring the Gophers 13-8 overall.
Minny won the first game 3-1. Logan McAnallen and Ben Ballentine combined to allow just 1 earned run, but M got just 5 runners on base all day.
Today there was a doubleheader. M punished the Gophers 11-3 in the first game, pounding out 16 hits including 4 by Travis Maezes and 3 by Cole Martin (including his first HR of the season) and Michael O'Neill. Evan Hill went 7 innings for the win.
Unfortunately the second game today resembled Friday's game, as the Wolverines could only get 6 men on base and lost 2-1. Maezes and Zach Zott each had 2 hits. Trent Szkutnik managed to scatter 9 hits over 6.2 innings despite not striking any Gophers out.
Verlander agreed to an extension through 2019, he'll make $180 million over the next 7 seasons and will have a $22 million option. Had to lock him up and they did, good job Illitch/Dombrowski.
The Tigers will now have a closer by committee going into regular season play. I do not think that this is the best strategy for a potential World Series team.
Rondon had an ERA over 5 this spring and was inconsistent...
Brennan Boesch has been released. No surprise he won't be with the club. I hated his lazy-seeming ABs and his Cali attitude.
The Michigan baseball team picked up a win against struggling Holy Cross today. Jacob Cronenworth put up a quadruple triple with 3 hits, 3 stolen bases, 3 runs scored, and 3 shutout innings to pick up the save. Kyle Jusick went 4 for 4. Trent Szkutnik started and shut the Crusaders out through 4 innings, but ran into trouble after that.
The M baseball team lost to the St. Louis Billikens today. The offense was decent with Patrick Biondi, Michael O'Neill, Travis Maezes, and Kevin White each picking up 2 hits, but the pitching was ineffective. Starter James Bourque had an especially rough game, walking 4 of the 10 batters he faced and striking out none.