Detroit Tigers - 3-6, tied 4th in AL Central
Scratch that not being the Tigers day thing. It just wasn't the Tigers' series. The Tigers were able to get off to another quick start, but the pitching couldn't hold up and the offense couldn't keep up as the Twins completed the sweep of the Tigers, 10-4. Nate Robertson got the loss, pitching 5 innings, allowing 6 runs (4 earned). Possibly more indicative of his performance though were his 5 walks without a strikeout. Kyle Farnsworth came on to help stop the bleeding, but instead the Twins blew the game wide open, tagging Farnsworth for 4 more runs. Offensively, Ivan Rodriguez had a pair of hits and a pair of runs, and Rondell White blasted a solo home run, his 2nd of the year. The team wasn't too impressive defensively either, committing 3 more errors, though Craig Monroe made a spectacular home-run-saving grap in left center, robbing Matt LeCroy. The Tigers will try and get back on track on Friday night in Kansas City, when Wilfredo Ledezma faces Jose Lima at 8:10pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 6-1, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens improved to 6-1 on the season Thursday night, winning both games of a double-header against Charlotte by a score of 4-1. After starting the season 2-1, Toledo has now won its last four games, and now holds a game and a half lead over Louisville and Indianapolis for first place in the IL West Division. In the first game, Kenny Baugh became the first Hen's starter to earn a decision this season by pitching five innings and only giving up one run on just four hits. Sandy Martinez was perfect at the plate for Toledo going 3-3 with a double. Ryan Raburn and Dewayne Wise both homered in the Hens' victory. Jason Karnuth closed the game out with his second save of the year. In game two, the Hens continued their hot-hitting and scored all four of their runs in the first three innings. Sean Douglass took care of the rest, pitching six and a third innings, and only allowing one run, while striking out seven Knights. Chris Spurling came into the game in relief of Douglass and earned his first save of the year. Gookie Dawkins went 2-4 with a triple as well as scoring a run. The Hens will play their home opener on Friday at 5/3 field in front of a record crowd of 12,500.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 3-5, tied 4th in Southern division
The SeaWolves' first road game was rocky from the start as they struggled against the Altoona Curve. The SeaWolves lost 7-3. Trouble ignited in the bottom of the second with starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson allowing Altoona 4 runs. Pitcher Mark Johnson relieved Jeremy Johnson in the bottom of the 6th and allowed 3 more runs the following inning. Two SeaWolves throwing errors, one by third baseman Don Kelly and the other by second baseman Gilberto Mejia, fueled Altoona's 3-run outburst. In the top of the 4th, the SeaWolves managed two runs, driven in by first baseman Juan Tejeda and outfielder David Espinosa. Designated hitter Kurt Airoso's double at the top of the 9th drove in the SeaWolves' final run of the game. The night's leading hitters were center fielder Victor Mendez (3-4) and Airoso (2-4). Tonight's loss moved pitcher Jeremy Johnson's record to 0-1. 6:35 on Friday night marks round two of the 4 game series between the SeaWolves and Altoona.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 7-1, 1st in West division
The Lakeland Tigers beat the Sarasota Reds 6-4 in the opening game of their three-game series. The L-Tigers are now 7-1 on the season. Nate Bumstead (2-0) started for Lakeland and got the win. He pitched five innings, gave up three runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Sarasota got out to an early lead with three runs against Bumstead in the first, but Lakeland came back and scored four in the third to go ahead. In the four-run third, Brent Clevelen had an RBI single and first baseman Kelly Hunt followed with a three-run homer. Those were the only hits of the game for Clevlen and Hunt. Tigers' shortstop Scott Tousa went three for three. Catcher Russ Cleveland was three for four with a double. Chris Homer got his second save of the season. He came into the game in the ninth with two men on base and nobody out with the Tigers leading 6-4. Homer held the Reds and recorded the last three outs of the game. Lakeland and Sarasota play again Friday night in Sarasota at 7:00 pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 4-3, 3rd in East division
When you're on, you're on. In this third and final game on the road against Dayton, the 'Caps lineup was definitely on. Topping the Dragons 5-3, the West Michigan sluggers had 10 hits, four RBIs, and a solo homer from left fielder Jeff Frazier. Frazier had a great night, contributing three hits, two RBIs, and two runs in addition to his 5th inning solo shot. Winning pitcher Josh Kauten had a rough 4th inning, giving up four hits and a two-run homer. Dayton closed the 4th with three runs. Kauten stayed in through five innings, earning his second win of the season. Relievers Matthew Righter and Anthony Tomey held the Dragons scoreless through the 8th inning. Closer Collin Mahoney pitched the 9th inning and got the save, his second this year. West Michigan returns to Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday to open a four-game series with Cedar Rapids. Game time Friday is 6:35 p.m.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent