Bullpen Loses Two Leads, Tigers Fall (4/12 Recaps)

The Tigers invested plenty into their bullpen in the off-season to improve a group that blew a league leading 28 saves in 2004. Unfortunately, that group wasn't able to hold on against the Twins on Tuesday night, giving away two leads before also giving up the game-winning run. Meanwhile on the farm, the A-ball teams did well, but rain slowed up the Mud Hens, and errors slowed up the 'Wolves.

Detroit Tigers - 3-4, 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers bullpen had an opportunity to hold a lead on Tuesday night, and lost that lead, twice, then gave up the game winning run as the Tigers fell 5-4. After 5 solid innings from Mike Maroth, manager Alan Trammell turned to the bullpen after a leadoff bunt by Michael Cuddyer. The Tigers then needed 3 relievers to get out of the 6th inning, with the tying run allowed to cross the plate, tying the game up at 3. An inning later, the Tigers would tack on another run from an RBI bloop single from Omar Infante, but in the 8th, Ugueth Urbina once again gave the lead back, allowing the tying run. Then came the 9th, on came Troy Percival, and yet another run came across the plate, giving the Twins a 5-4 victory. Craig Monroe helped drive the offense with a 2-run home run, while Omar Infante chipped in with 2 hits. The Twins got solo shots from Jason Bartlett and Michael Cuddyer, and Shannon Stewart's RBI double in the 9th proved to be the difference. The Tigers will look to get the game back on Wednesday, when Jason Johnson faces Kyle Lohse at 8:10pm in the Metrodome.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 4-1, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens game with the Charlotte Knights on Tuesday was postponed due to rain and will be made up on Wednesday with a double-header starting at 6:15 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 2-4, 6th in Southern division
It was a forgettable night for the SeaWolves as they digested their second consecutive loss to the Binghamton Mets 10-0. The Mets pitching kept the SeaWolves' batters silent, allowing only 5 hits – three from short stop Tony Giarratano and the other two from third baseman Don Kelly and catcher Mike Rabelo. Errors seemed to be a running theme for the SeaWolves with five total (3 by Kelly). Pitchers Edwin Almonte and losing pitcher Rob Henkel (1-1) gave up a combined 9 runs (6 earned). The last chance for the SeaWolves to defeat the Mets in this series is Wednesday at 6:35pm.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 5-1, 2nd in West division
The Lakeland Tigers have extended their winning streak to five, beating the Clearwater Threshers 6-2 on Tuesday night. Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out four. Verlander improves his record to 1-1 on the season after pitching in the Tigers opening day loss to Tampa. The Tigers collected ten hits against Clearwater's starter Eric Glaser (0-1) and had a total of fourteen for the game. Danilo Sanchez went two for three, including his third home run of the year. Eric Rodland went three for four with a run scored. Brent Clevlen was zero for five with three strikeouts. Chris Homer came on for the Tigers with two outs in the eighth, earning his first save. The Tigers finish their series in Clearwater tomorrow night at 7:00pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 3-2, 3rd in East division
West Michigan dominated the Dayton Dragons 6-1 in the opening game of their three-day road series. Recording his first win of the year, starter Jair Jurrjens held the Dragons scoreless during 6 innings on the mound. The combined effort of Jurrjens, Jay Sborz, and Daniel Konecny resulted in only two hits and one run for Dayton. The 'Caps sluggers stepped confidently to the plate, producing runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 9th innings. Shortstop Brent Dlugach homered to right field, sending designated hitter Matt Parrish home for 2. The home run was Dlugach's first of the season. The 'Caps and Dragons meet again Wednesday in Dayton. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent


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