Former Lugnut no-hits Tigers

Henderson Alvarez pitching for Lansing in 2009

Henderson Alvarez pitching for Lansing in 2009

Despite having one of the worse records in the Midwest League this season, the Lansing Lugnuts fared very well against their in-state rival West Michigan Whitecaps, affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Some of that magic must have sprinkled onto Lugnut alumni Henderson Alvarez, who, as a member of the Miami Marlins, through a no-hitter against the Tigers yesterday. Detroit had no answer for Alvarez, who needed on 99 pitches to shut down mighty Motor City team in a 1-0 victory. For Alvarez, the season ended much better than it began. He started the season on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, and missed the first three months of the season. Pitching for Lansing in 2009, he went 9-6 with a 3.47 ERA with 92 strike outs. Coincidentally, he faced five former Whitecaps in yesterday’s game: Don Kelly (0-4), Andy Dirks (0-3), Omar Infante (0-2), Nick Castellanos (0-1), and Roman Santiago (0-3). Former ‘Cap Luke Putkonen took the loss for Detroit, after giving up two hits, walking a batter, and throwing a wild pitch. A former West Michigan catching combo was left on the bench, however, as Alex Avila for Detroit, and Rob Brantly for the Marlins did not play. If the Tigers don’t break out of this offensive slump, it could be a short run in the play-offs this season.

Photo courtesy of the Lansing Lugnuts

10 Comments

Wow, great pitching performance. Hopefully the Whitecaps bats get hot soon.

Thanks, Shannon! Good luck to the Dodgers.
-Mike

Thanks! We’re going into the playoffs with some bumps and bruises and down a couple players. But the Dodgers won a lot of games under the same circumstances. Fingers crossed. :)

Best,
Shannon

A Tigers-Dodgers WS would be classic!

Tough game for the Dodgers last night. Hopefully they can pull of a split in St. Louis in spite of the injury to Ramirez. Good luck to the Tigers today. I’ll be rooting for them. :)

Thanks, Shannon! I was surprised to see St. Louis pull another out today. It’s a long series, though, and I’m sure that LA will be back to form at home! Good luck to them.
-Mike

Home cookin’ at the magic castle has got to help. I hope! Great game by the Tigers last night. Really special.

Ouch, Tigers really blew it tonight. Hopefully both our teams get back on the right track in the next game! Best of luck to the Dodgers.
-Mike

Well, our dreams of the Dodgers and Tigers meeting in the World Series went poof. Next year! :)

Congratulations on a terrific season. Here’s to the hot stove season and the spring training countdown.

Best,
Shannon

Thanks, Shannon. Both bitter losses for us. I’m already counting until next year! Take care.
-Mike

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