Minor League Notebook: 8/16

It was a slow day for the Tiger organization, as the big league club was off, and only 4 of the 6 minor league teams got games in. West Michigan was off, while Lakeland continued its off streak, not playing for a 4th day in a row. The Tigers got wins from their short season clubs, but their higher level minor leaguers didn't fare as well.

AAA Toledo 61-62, 2nd place in West division
The Mudhens lost yet again on Monday, falling to Louisville 7-0. James Baldwin took the loss, giving up 7 runs in 6 innings of work. One bright note; Brian Schmack followed up Baldwin with 3 scoreless innings, although the game was practically put away by the time he came in. Toledo did manage 7 hits, including 2 from Mike DiFelice, but was unable to capitalize on any of them. Toledo is quickly falling out of the division title race, as they are now 4 games back of Columbus in the standings and under .500 for the first time this summer.

AA Erie 66-53, 2nd place in Southern division
The Seawolves weren't able to continue their winning streak, as they lost to Akron by a score of 7-2. Alex Lontayo made the start and took the loss, allowing 4 runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. He also walked 4 batters. At the plate, Ryan Raburn went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI as he has brought his average all the way up to .280. Maxim St. Pierre also went 2-for-4.

High-A Lakeland 16-31, 6th place in West division
The L-Tigers were again inactive on Monday, but will now play a doubleheader with Fort Myers on Tuesday to make up for it.

Low-A West Michigan 27-23, 2nd place in Eastern division
The entire Midwest League was off on Monday, but the Whitecaps return to action on Tuesday against Beloit in Grand Rapids. They are currently a game behind Lansing in the division standings.

SS-A Oneonta 28-27, 2nd place in Stedler division
The other A-ball clubs, may have been off, but Oneonta wasn't, and they were victorious on Monday, beating Lowell 6-4. Josh Rainwater was the starter, but got a no decision, giving up 3 runs (only 1 earned though) in 4 innings of work. He also walked 3 and struck out 4. Tyler Jacobson would get the win for pitching 1 2/3 innings in relief. Juan Llamas was again the star at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a 3-run Home Run. Justin Justice also had a big game, falling a Home Run short of the cycle, with 2 RBI.

Rookie GCL Tigers 21-25, 3rd place in Northern division
The GCL Tigers won a close one, beating the GCL Phillies 2-1 in Lakeland. Dallas Trahern got the start and a no decision, pitching 5 1/3 innings without an earned run. Sendy Vasquez got the win in relief, goin 3 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run and striking out 6. On offense, Brandon Timm drove in a run, while Miguel Linares had a pair of hits, and Cory Middleton had a hit and a stolen base.

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