Another Tiger 1-Run Loss (4/10 Game Recaps)

It wasn't quite the second start the Tigers were hoping for from Jeremy Bonderman. Bonderman couldn't find himself in the first inning, and before he knew it, the Tigers were in a 6-0 hole. The offense battled back, and Bonderman buckled down, but they fell a run short. Meanwhile, overall it was a good day on the farm, but there was another one-run loss.

Detroit Tigers - 3-3, 2nd in AL Central
Jeremy Bonderman's first inning strugles proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome, even after Bonderman settled down. Bonderman ended up going 6 innings with 6 earned runs (all 6 in the 1st inning). The Tigers got some runs off Indians' starter Jason Davis, but Davis still got the win with Bonderman getting the loss. Carlos Guillen, Rondell White and Craig Monroe each had 2 hits and an RBI. Dmitri Young also had an RBI triple. Guillen's RBI came in the 9th to bring the Tigers within one run, but Bob Wickman came on and got Ivan Rodriguez to ground out, ending the game. The Tigers are off on Monday before they travel to Minnesota to start a 3-game series with the Twins. Mike Maroth will look to improve on his poor first start when he faces Joe Mays at the Metrodome. Game time is at 8:10pm, televised on Fox Sports Detroit.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 3-1, tied 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens finished their first series of the season by beating the Durham Bulls 9-5 on Sunday. The win improved the Hens to 3-1 on the season. The Bulls jumped out to an early lead by plating three runs in the 2nd inning. The Hens fought back and scored a run in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, to tie the game before taking the lead 6-3 in the top of the 7th. The Bulls got two runs back in the bottom half of the 7th, but a three-run top of the 9th for the Hens, put the game away. Toledo's starter, Andrew Good, who pitched five innings allowing three earned runs, did not earn a decision. Vic Darensbourg earned the save, his second of the year. Curtis Granderson drove in three Toledo runs, and was one of three Hens with three hits apiece. Dewayne Wise and Brandon Harper were the other two Toledo batters who notched three hits. Chris Shelton continued his hitting streak that began with the first game of the season, going 2-5 with a home run in the 9th inning. The Hens will travel to Charlotte to take on the Knights at 7:15 p.m. on Monday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 2-2, tied 2nd in Southern division
Better late than never was the theme as the SeaWolves went 11 innings to beat the Trenton Thunder 4-3. The SeaWolves stranded 17 runners during the nearly four hour game, but came out the winners thanks in part to first baseman Juan Tejeda who had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, in 6 at bats. Designated hitter Kurt Airoso and left fielder Mike Woods each went 2 for 4. The SeaWolves used a total of five pitchers, including starting pitcher Mike Bynum who gave up a pair of runs, with the win ultimately going to Corey Hamman (1-0). With tonight's victory, SeaWolves and Trenton split their 4-game series. Monday night, the SeaWolves host Binghamton Mets at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 3-1, tied 2nd in West division
The Lakeland Tigers defeated the Tampa Yankees 6-2 on Sunday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. The Tigers (3-1) have won three in a row against the Yankees after dropping the first game of the series on opening day. Tigers' starting pitcher Jordan Tata lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits. Daniel Zell (1-0) came on in relief and got the decision. He pitched 1 1/3, giving up one run on one hit. Yankees right fielder Matt Carson hit a homerun over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the 4th, but the Tigers pulled ahead for good in the 5th. They scored 3 runs during the inning thanks to some miscues by the Yankee pitching staff, including an errant pickoff attempt and two wild pitches. Lakeland catcher Russ Cleveland went 2 for 4, had 2 RBI, and scored a run. He was one of 8 different Tigers to record a hit in the game. Lakeland travels to Clearwater on Monday to begin a three-game series against the Threshers.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 2-2, tied 3rd in East division
West Michigan closed out their first series in a tight, low-scoring game (2-1) against Southwest Michigan. The 'Caps were first on the board when third baseman Brooks Colvin scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Wilkin Ramirez. The Devil Rays tied the game at 1 in the top of the 4th, scoring their only run of the game. West Michigan took the lead again in the 5th inning when right fielder Matt Parrish sent Jeff Frazier home on a line drive to left field. Parrish performed well at the plate, with 2 hits and 1 RBI in 3 at bats. The Devil Rays lineup threatened in the 7th, but the 'Caps ended their bid to tie the game with a double play (1-6-3). Starter Randor Bierd recorded the win, pitching 5 innings and striking out 6 Rays. Closer Collin Mahoney got the save. After an off day Monday, West Michigan opens a three-day road series with Dayton on Tuesday.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent


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