Minor League Notebook: 8/26

It wasn't a great day down on the farm for the Tigers, as the minor league clubs combined to go 2-4. It wasn't all bad though, especially for West Michigan, who took over first place in their division for the first time all season - led by a 2-run Home Run from Kody Kirkland. The Seawolves are also moving closer to a possible push for a division crown with another win over 1st place Altoona.

AAA Toledo 63-70, 2nd place in West division
The Mudhens suffered a tough loss, dropping their game on Thursday to Louisville. James Baldwin pitched well but took the loss, falling to 5-5 on the year. Baldin pitched the whole game for Toledo, giving up both runs on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts. But, once again, the offense wasn't able to back up the pitching as the Mudhens continue to struggle to put together a good complete game. Rich Gomez went 2-for-4 as the leadoff hitter, and Andy Barkett went 1-for-4 with the team's lone RBI.

AA Erie 73-56, 2nd place in Southern division
The Seawolves won on Thursday, downing Altoona 9-0. Alex Lontayo pitched 7 shutout innings to get the win, with Mark Woodyard pitching the final 2 innings to close it out. Derek Nicholson had a huge game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 2 Home Runs and 4 RBI. Chad Myers also added 2 hits and 2 RBI, while Ryan Raburn continued his hitting streak, extending it to 17 games, going 1-for-2 with 2 walks. In doing so well against first place Altoona, the Seawolves are now just 3.5 games out of first place, positioning themselves for a potential late run for the division crown.

High-A Lakeland 20-37, 6th place in West division
The L-Tigers lost on Thursday, dropping their game to Sarasota 8-6. A hodge-podge of pitchers took the mound for Lakeland, with Landon Harper taking the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year. Randor Bierd was the starter, going 5 1/3 innings with 4 earned runs. Brent Clevlen had a good game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. Jody Roughton also had a good game, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Scott Moore and Neil Jenkins each contributed solo Home Runs.

Low-A West Michigan 34-25, 1st place in Eastern division
The Whitecaps got a 2-1 win over Wisconsin on Thursday, putting them alone in first place in the Eastern division of the Midwest League - a huge turnaround for the Whitecaps, who weren't competitive for the first few months of the season. Jordan Tata got the win, his 7th of the year, pitching 6 innings of shutout baseball, including 5 strikeouts. Chris Homer allowed a run in the 9th, but was still able to close it out for his 10th save. 3B Kody Kirkland provided the run support, driving in both of the team's runs on a 2-run Home Run in the 2nd, his 10th of the year. Kelly Hunt scored the other run and had a double.

SS-A Oneonta 32-32, 2nd place in Stedler division
Oneonta suffered a bad loss, falling to Brooklyn 11-2. Josh Kauten was the losing pitcher of record for Oneonta, falling to 2-4. Kauten made it just 3 innings with 7 earned runs allowed. Collin Mahoney pitched 2 innings, giving up 4 unearned runs. SS Brent Dlugach had 2 hits in the leadoff slot, and Rafael Mendez drove in a run with 2 doubles. OF Matt Parrish also had a hit and an RBI.

Rookie GCL Tigers The GCL Tigers also lost, being shut out by the GCL Yankees 6-0. Sendy Vasquez took the loss, giving up 4 runs in 4 innings. Not much to talk about at the plate, as the team managed just 4 hits. Cody Collet had a double, and Brandon Timm, Miguel Linares and Cory Middleton each chipped in a hit as well.

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