Minor League Notebook: 9/3

It wasn't a great day for the Tigers farm clubs, as they combined to go 1-4 on the day, with only the Erie Seawolves picking up a win. And even Erie didn't have a good news, as 2 more of their pitchers will be forced to sit out for the rest of the season. Plus, Lakeland's season has come to a sudden close, with Hurricane Frances looming the remaining Florida State League games were cancelled.

AAA Toledo 64-76, 4th place in West division
The Columbus Clippers shut out the Mudhens 3-0 on Friday. Andy Van Hekken took the loss, but pitched well. Van Hekken pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Franklyn German and Steve Colyer finished up the final 1 1/3 innings, with Colyer allowing the final run. Despite their struggles, both will probably find themselves back with the big league club after Labor Day. Warren Morris, Andy Barkett and Greg Norton each chipped in with 2 hits, but it was never enough to put any runs up on the board.

AA Erie 78-60, 2nd place in Southern division
The Seawolves won 6-4 on Friday led by a solid pitching performance from Kyle Sleeth. Sleeth gave up 3 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings of work. He also struck out 6 and walked none. Mark Woodyard pitched the final 2 innings to get his 5th save. Chad Meyers had another good game, going 2-for-4 with a Home Run and 2 RBI. David Espinosa also went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, while Brandon Harper and Anderson Hernandez added 3 hits apiece.

Erie got a good start from Sleeth, but their starters continue to drop like flies. Humberto Sanchez is already unavailable, and now Joel Zumaya and Kenny Baugh will be shut down for the rest of the season. Zumaya felt a twinge in his shoulder and the organization elected to shut him down. However, he could still be off to the Arizona Fall League next month, with a spot now open with Preston Larrison no longer available. Baugh on the other hand has shoulder bursitis, and the team would rather see him rest than push it, especially with his injury history. So, the Seawolves are down 2 more starters, and will enter the Eastern League playoffs with a rotation of Sleeth, Alex Lontayo, Seawolves' broadcaster Mike Antonellis and the peanut vendor (the last 2 are obviously a joke, but the team will be using relievers to make up for their lost starters).

High-A Lakleand 22-42, 6th place in West division
Due to Hurricane Frances, the Florida State League has cancelled the final three games of the season. The playoffs are still scheduled to begin on Tuesday the 7th, but Lakeland did not qualify, so they're season has now come to an end.

Low-A West Michigan 39-28, 1st place in Eastern division
The Whitecaps missed yet another opportunity to secure the division crown, falling to Cedar Rapids 3-2. Chris Steinborn took the loss, falling to 8-11 on the year, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings with 3 strikeouts. Kelly Hunt had a nice game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a solo Home Run, giving him 99 RBI for the season. Juan Francia also went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Andrew Graham had a pair of hits.

The Whitecaps are 2 games up with 3 left to play, but already have a postseason berth secured. The team will still need one more win however to get at least a share of the division crown. Now it's just time for the team to buckle down and get that win. Cristhian Martinez will try and get that win for the team tonight.

SS-A Oneonta 33-40, 3rd place in Stedler division
The O-Tigers lost both games of a doubleheader with Tri-City on Friday. Josh Rainwater took the loss in the first game, a 3-2 loss. Rainwater allowed 3 runs in 5 innings, including 2 costly Home Runs in the first 2 innings. Juan Llamas had a solo Home Run, and Justin Justice went 2-for-3 with an RBI. The 2nd game was a 4-1 loss, Dan Kocecny struggled in it, giving up 3 runs in just an inning of work. Nate Bumstead did come on in relief, pitching 3 innings with 1 run and 4 strikeouts. Brooks Colvin drove in the team's lone run.

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