Minor League Notebook: 8/25

The Tigers minor league clubs managed a 3-3 day on Wednesday, with West Michigan having an off day in the midst of their run for a division crown, and the GCL Tigers dropping both games of their doubleheader. The Seawolves continue to roll, despite the oppositon's attempt to pitch around the big guns of their lineup. Meanwhile, not so good for another Seawolf, as a top prospect could be on the shelf for awhile now.

AAA Toledo 63-69, 2nd place in West division
The Mudhens lost yet again on Wednesday, being beaten by Indianapolis 10-3. Lino Urdaneta got his 2nd loss in 4 days to fall to 0-2 with Toledo, giving up 6 runs in 3 innings. Rick Kirsten relieved him, pitching 5 innings with 3 earned runs. But, the Mudhens offense once again was lacking, as they managed just 3 runs on 7 hits. Mike DiFelice and Brant Ust each went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Toledo.

AA Erie 72-56, 2nd place in Southern division
The Seawolves continue their dominance of Eastern League pitching with a 13-4 win over Altoona on Wednesday. Don't look now, but Erie could make a run at the division title, now being 4.5 games out of first. Rick Palma started and pitched well, pitching 3 perfect innings. Kevin McDowell ended up taking the win for his inning and a third of work. Ryan Raburn continued his hot streak, extending his hitting streak to 15 games - Raburn went 3-for-6 with 3 RBI. Kurt Airoso also went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI. Two notables didn't get hits - Curtis Granderson and Juan Tejada - but that was more due to the fact that each was walked 3 times, an obvious sign that Altoona was attempting to pitch around them.

The Seawolves continue to roll, but they got some bad news concerning starting pitcher Preston Larrison. Larrison will be shut down for the rest of the season, and is set to meet with Dr. James Andrews, which more than likely means Larrison will need Tommy John surgery, which would probably sideline him for a full season. It's a tough break for Larrison (although no longer a career threatening one), as Larrison had a good 2004 after a rough season in 2003. This will also probably push his rise to the majors back at least one full season, if not more.

High-A Lakeland 20-36, 6th place in West division
The L-Tigers got another 7-6 win on Wednesday, downing Sarasota. Mike Howell got the win, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in 5 innings. Mike Kobow then came on and pitched the final 2 innings for his 13th save. Neil Jenkins had a big game on offense, going 3-for-5 with 3 runs, a Home Run and 2 RBI. Chris Maples also had a Home Run and 2 RBI, while Jody Roughton added 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Neil Jenkins may not be in the good graces of the Tiger organization, but he's sure trying to make one last effort before getting his outright release. The problem is, and has been, that he has yet to hit well out of A-ball. Nonetheless, his big day on Wednesday showcased yet again that he has the power potential to be a power hitter at any level - unfortunately that still hasn't translated at the upper levels yet.

Low-A West Michigan 33-25, tied 1st place in Eastern division
The entire Midwest League had an off day on Wednesday, but the Whitecaps return to action in their chase for the 2nd half Eastern division crown on Thursday when they face Wisconsin at Fifth Third Ballpark.

SS-A Oneonta 32-31, 2nd place in Stedler division
The O-Tigers shut out Brooklyn to win 3-0 on Wednesday. Lavon Lewis got his first win after 5 losses with the team, pitching 6 2/3 innings of 2-hit baseball. Ezequil Perez finished it up, pitching the final 2 1/3 innings for his 5th save. The #1 and #9 hitters, SS Brent Dlugach and 2B Francisco Castro, led the way on offense, each going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Dlugach also scored a run.

Rookie GCL Tigers 24-33, 3rd place in Northern division
The GCL Tigers lost both games of a doubleheader with the GCL Yankees on Wednesday. In the first game, they fell 3-2. Jay Sborz took the loss, giving up 3 runs in 5 innings. He was also extremely erratic, walking 7 batters (he did however strike out 6 as well). At the plate, Jeramy Laster and Miguel Linares had 2 hits, and Cory Middleton had a solo Home Run (his 4th of the year). The 2nd game wasn't as close, as the team lost 7-1. O Perdomo took the loss, allowing 4 runs in an inning of work before being pulled. The Tigers managed just 1 hit in the 2nd game, a single by Leonardo Grullon.

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