Tigers Drop 5th Straight (4/15 Recaps)

Another game, another one-run loss for the Tigers. After a 5-run first inning gave the Tigers a comfortable cushion, Wilfredo Ledezma handed it over to the bullpen with just 1 run to spare, and Ugueth Urbina gave up a pair on an Angel Berroa home run. Things didn't go much better in the minors, though it was a great opening night game for Toledo.

Detroit Tigers - 3-7, 5th in AL Central
Things just seem to keep getting worse and worse early on for the Tigers, as they allowed the Royals to come back to win the series opener, 6-5. Wilfredo Ledezma started and put in a good effort, giving up 4 runs over 6 innings, and left the game with a slim 5-4 lead. Jamie Walker pitched a perfect 7th, but Ugueth Urbina gave up a 2-run home run to Angel Berroa in the 8th, giving him his 2nd loss and his 2nd blown save of the year. The Tigers put up 5 runs early with a 5-run first inning, but couldn't get anything after that. Craig Monroe had a 3-run home run, and Brandon Inge went 2-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff slot. The Tigers will try and get back on the right track on Saturday afternoon, when Jeremy Bonderman takes on Brian Anderson at 2:05pm at Kauffman Stadium. Possibly the worst news of all though was that prior to the game it was announced that OF Magglio Ordonez was diagnosed with a hernia, and will be out at least 4 to 6 weeks.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 7-1, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens season has been off to an excellent start, and the Hens did not disappoint in their home opener on Friday. Facing Durham for the fifth time this season, the Hens pounded out 12 hits against the Bulls pitchers and won the game 8-1. Curtis Granderson was involved in half of the Hen's runs by going 3-5 while scoring two runs as well as driving in two more. Nelson Cruz picked up his first win of the year throwing five innings and only allowing one run on five hits. Ryan Raburn continued his hot streak by crushing his third home run of the year in the fourth inning. Toledo looks for its sixth straight win on Saturday when they host the Bulls again for the second of a four game series.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 4-5, tied 4th in Southern division
Call it the SeaWolves shutout that left the Altoona Curve & their fans silent as Erie wins 4-0 to even their series at 1-1. Starting pitcher Mike Bynum pitched 6 strong innings for his first victory of the season - giving up 5 hits, 7 strikeouts and 1 walk. Pitcher Lee Rodney followed with 3 crisp innings of relief, giving up 2 hits and striking out 3. 3B Don Kelly contributed 2 hits (including a double) and drove in one run. In the top of the 7th, the SeaWolves loaded the bases with a walk to 2B Gilberto Mejia, a single by 3B Don Kelly, and a walk by DH Kurt Airoso. 1B Juan Tejeda followed with a single that scored Mejia and Kelly that gave the SeaWolves ultimate victory. Game 3 of the series is Saturday night at 5:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 7-2, tied 1st in West division
The Tigers lost to Sarasota 3-2, ending the Tigers win streak at seven. Lakeland starter Jordan Tata pitched six innings of shutout baseball. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out two. Kelly Hunt singled in a run in the first. Kody Kirkland hit his second home run of the season to put the Tigers up 2-0 in the second. Lakeland was leading 2-0 lead to start the seventh when Mike Kobow (0-1) came on in relief. In the seventh, Kobow gave up two doubles and a triple. The Reds scored three runs in the inning to take the lead. Sarasota's K. McDowell came in for the Reds in the eighth and pitched last two innings, holding the Tigers hitless. Lakeland and Sarasota have now split the first two games of their series. They play the third game tomorrow in Sarasota, 6:05 pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 4-4, 3rd in East division
And when you're off... The West Michigan Whitecaps are in the grip of an early season identity crisis. From game to game, the 'Caps have alternated between a club showing signs of a great season ahead and a team struggling to hit its stride. Friday's 6-2 loss to Cedar Rapids was no exception. After an uneventful 1st inning, the Kernels capitalized on two 'Caps errors (third baseman Wilkin Ramirez, fielding; catcher Dusty Ryan, missed catch) and finished the 2nd inning with four on the board. West Michigan had seven hits to the Kernel's six, but managed only two runs and left eight men on base. Right fielder Matt Parrish, who went into the game 3rd in league batting, struck out three times in four at bats. West Michigan's runs came in the 1st and 7th innings. Left fielder Luis Sabino scored second baseman Brooks Colvin on a line drive to right field. Center fielder Justin Justice scored on a RBI single by designated hitter Jeff Frazier. Starting pitcher Daniel Konecny took the loss for his three-inning performance. Jay Sborz, Ian Ostlund, and Tony Peralta pitched in relief. West Michigan meets Cedar Rapids again Saturday at 2:00 p.m. 'Caps fans will watch for signs that the crisis is over.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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