Game Recaps: 4/8

For all it has been lauded for its improvements from the offseason, the bullpen couldn't hold up for the Tigers on Friday night against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. But the Tigers did get strong wins from three of their four farm teams on Friday night. The Tigers will look to avenge the loss on Saturday, while two clubs hold their home openers Saturday evening.

Detroit Tigers - 2-2, tied 2nd in AL Central
The Tigers wasted a strong outing by Nate Robertson, as they fell to the Indians in the opener of a 3-game set, 4-3. Ugueth Urbina took the loss, giving up a 2-run home run in the 8th inning to Aaron Boone. Robertson, for his part, went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned), striking out 4 and walking 2. Omar Infante had a pair of RBI for the Tigers, while Brandon Inge had 2 hits, 2 walks and a run scored. One player who didn't have his best game was Bobby Higginson, who went 0-for-5 at the plate, including a pop-out with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the 8th inning. The Tigers face the Indians again on Saturday at 1:05pm. Wilfredo Ledezma gets his first start of the year, facing Indians' ace Jake Westbrook.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 2-0, tied 1st in West division
The Mud Hens won their second game in a row Friday night, to improve their record to a perfect 2-0 on the season with a 5-3 win over the Durham Bulls. Chris Spurling got his first win of the season in a relief appearance and Craig Dingman preserved the win with his first save of the season. Chris Shelton led the Hen's offense going 2-3 with a home run and four RBI's and a walk. Marcus Thames contributed the other run with a solo shot in the first inning. Second baseman Ryan Raburn committed three errors in the game. The Hens return to action on Saturday to play the third of a four-game series with the Bulls.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 1-1, tied 3rd in Southern division
Out-hitting the Trenton Thunder didn't yield a win for the Erie Seawolves who lost 3-1 in game two of a four-game series. The game was scoreless until the top of the 4th inning, when Trenton scored 3 runs. The Seawolves responded with a 10-hit attack, but could only muster one run in the bottom of the 7th inning. The run was scored when outfielder Mike Woods singled home catcher Mike Rabelo. The night's leading hitters for the Seawolves were third baseman Don Kelly with 3 hits in 5 at bats and first baseman Juan Tejeda, who had two hits, including a double, in 4 at bats. The losing pitcher was Joel Zumaya, who gave up the three earned runs scored by Trenton. The series is tied one game a piece. The teams meet again Saturday night at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-1, tied 3rd in West division
The Lakeland Tigers defeated the Tampa Yankees 10-4 for their first victory of the new season. Starting pitcher Virgil Vasquez (1-0) held the Yankees scoreless for 5 innings before giving up 2 runs in the sixth. Brain Henson came on in relief and gave up 1 run before closing pitcher Michael Kobow came in and closed it out. Kobow was awarded the Tigers' first save of the season. Lakeland's lineup batted well against the Yankees' pitching staff, getting a total of 15 hits for the game. Tigers' catcher Danilo Sanchez went 3 for 4 with a double and 4 RBI. Brent Clevlen had 3 hits in 4 at-bats with a run scored. The Tigers (1-1) and Yankees (1-1) have split the first two games of their four-game series. The Yankees now travel to Lakeland for the Tigers' home opener today. The game starts at 6:05 p.m.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 1-1, tied 3rd in East division
Recovering nicely from yesterday's 10-6 loss, West Michigan downed Southwest Michigan 8-1. Starter Josh Kauten faced 15 batters, giving up no hits and recording 4 strikeouts in his first win of the season. LF Jeff Frazier's 5th inning 2-run homer put the 'Caps on the board. DH Wilkin Ramirez, a promising young slugger ranked the No. 11 prospect in the Detroit farm system, went 4-4 at the plate with 1 run and 2 RBIs. 3B Nick McIntyre, C Dusty Ryan, 2B Brooks Colvin, and 1B Josh Lee each contributed a RBI to the 'Caps winning effort. West Michigan returns to Fifth Third Ballpark tomorrow for their home opener against the Devil Rays. Game time is 6:35 p.m.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent


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