Johnson Hammered in Loss (4/13 Recaps)

Some fans were hopeful that Jason Johnson would be able to overcome his inconsistencies this year, and his opening start gave them hope that he indeed would. But then Wednesday night happened, in which Johnson couldn't make it out of the first inning before needing assistance from the bullpen. Things went better on the farm, where only extra innings and more rain kept farm clubs from pulling out victories.

Detroit Tigers - 3-5, tied 3rd in AL Central
It just wasn't the Tigers day. Jason Johnson was able to record just one out before being pulled in favor of reliever Matt Ginter. Johnson gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, and while Ginter slowed the bleeding (giving up 2 runs in 4 2/3 innings), it wasn't enough to get the Tigers back in the game, as they ended up losing to the Twins in game 2 of the 3-game series 8-4. Brandon Inge went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. DH Dmitri Young and 1B Carlos Pena also each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. If there are any bright spots, it is that Ginter gave the team solid innings, as did reliever Franklyn German (2 innings, no earned runs, 1 strikeout). The Tigers wrap up the series on Thursday evening at 8:10pm with Nate Robertson facing Brad Radke, who is an uncharacteristic 0-2 so far this year.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 4-1, 1st in West division
A soggy field and rainy conditions in Charlotte postponed the game between the Mud Hens and the Knights for the second day in a row. The teams will play a double-header on Thursday starting at 6:15 with Kenny Baugh on the mound for game one and Sean Douglass getting the start in game two.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 3-4, tied 4th in Southern division
The SeaWolves sank their teeth into their final match-up with the Binghamton Mets in game three of their series and won 4-2. Congratulations goes to center fielder Mike Woods, who ignited the SeaWolves attack when he scored from first on back –to-back errors by the Mets in the bottom of the second. Designated hitter Kurt Airoso followed by slamming the ball into homerun territory giving the SeaWolves a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 4th. After Airoso's homer, the Mets switched pitchers and the SeaWolves answered with two more runs driven in by first baseman Juan Tejeda, bumping their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the 5th. Corey Hamman gets the title of winning pitcher tonight, allowing only one run, making his record 2-0. The SeaWolves take on the Altoona Curve, whose current record is 4-2, Thursday night at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 6-1, tied 1st in West division
The Lakeland Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the Clearwater Threshers, beating them 9-2 tonight in Clearwater. Brent Clevlen went 3 for 4, including two homeruns. He had four RBI in the game. Both teams hit the ball well, but it was the Tigers who were able to capitalize. Lakeland produced nine runs on fourteen hits while and the Threshers were only able to score two with their twelve hits. Virgil Vasquez started on the mound for the Tigers. He pitched four innings, giving up eight hits, two runs and recording two strikeouts. Michael Kobow, who came on in the bottom of the fifth, was awarded the win. He pitched four innings, gave up three hits, zero runs and struck out five. The Tigers have strung together six victories in a row thanks to some solid hitting. Lakeland's team batting average of .327 and team RBI total of 37 are tops in the Florida State League right now. The Tigers begin a three-game series with the Sarasota Reds at Sarasota. The first game begins tomorrow night 7 pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 3-3, 3rd in East division
After a valiant attempt to slay the Dragons in the top of the 9th, West Michigan fell to Dayton 3-2 in 11 innings. The 'Caps lineup struggled through eight scoreless innings while the Dragons put two runs on the board. With time running out for the 'Caps, Dayton pitcher Camilo Vazquez walked right fielder Matt Parrish who then advanced when shortstop Brent Dlugach doubled to right field. Third baseman Nick McIntyre earned the only RBIs of the game when he doubled on a fly ball to right field, sending Parrish and Dlugach home for the tie. The 9th inning rally ended when McIntyre, attempting to reach third base, was thrown out by the Dayton shortstop. Reliever Anthony Tomey took the loss, his first of the season. In the bottom of the 11th, Tomey walked Drew Anderson who ultimately scored the game-winning run. The teams meet again Thursday at 7:00 p.m. for the final game of this series.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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