Bonderman Stops Skid (4/16 Recaps)

When a team is struggling, they often look to their ace to help stop the bleeding. After five straight losses, the Tigers needed that stopper. And in yet another sign that Jeremy Bonderman is assuming that role for the Tigers, Bonderman did just that, giving the Tigers eight strong innings en route to a 7-1 victory over the Royals.

Detroit Tigers - 4-7, tied 3rd in AL Central
It was a rocky week for the Tigers, between being swept by the Twins, more one-run losses, and the loss of slugger Magglio Ordonez for 4-6 weeks due to a hernia. But Jeremy Bonderman ensured the Tigers wouldn't close out the week on a bad note, as he gave the Tigers 8 strong innings to get the Tigers back in the win column. Bonderman, who got the win to improve to 2-1, went 8 innings, allowing a run on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts. Ivan Rodriguez, who DH'd the game, and Carlos Guillen helped drive the offense with a pair of doubles apiece. Brandon Inge chipped in with a pair of RBI as part of a 4-run 9th that sealed the victory, and Craig Monroe scored a pair of runs. The rubber match between the two clubs comes Sunday, with Mike Maroth facing Runelvys Hernandez. Game time is 2:10pm on Fox Sports Detroit.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 7-2, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens could not overcome a six-run deficit against the Durham Bulls on Saturday and lost their first game in their last five tries by a final of 6-3. John Ennis was tagged for the loss for the second time this season, falling to 0-2. The Hens managed only five hits in the game, while committing two errors. Durham's Jason Roach notched his second win of the season allowing only one earned run. The Hens and Bulls return to action at 2 p.m. on Sunday for the third game of their four game series.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 5-5, 4th in Southern division
The SeaWolves were passing out the dental floss Saturday night after feasting on the Altoona Curve, winning 11-1. Erie took a 2-1 lead in the series with the win, their second in a row over the Altoona Curve. The SeaWolves pounded Altoona's pitching with 13 hits. Leading the hit parade for Erie was LF David Espinosa, who went 3 for 6, including a double, triple and 2 RBI's. CF Victor Mendez was 2 for 5, with 2 RBI's. The other big contributions were C Max St. Pierre, who went 2 for 4 with 4 RBI's, SS Don Kelly (2 for 4, with 2 runs scored), 1B Juan Tejeda (2 for 4, 1 RBI), and DH Kurt Airoso (2 for 6). It was power-hour in the 5th inning as the Seawolves sent 10 batters to the plate and scored 5 runs to take a 9-0 lead. Starting pitcher Nate Cornejo (1-1) pitched 5 innings, giving up 2 hits and 1 run (un-earned) to get his first win. Relievers Mike Bumatay, Matt Roney and John Birtwell tossed the final 4 innings in near-perfect form, giving up only one hit to lock in the win. Erie and Altoona conclude their four-game series Sunday afternoon starting at 3:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 8-2, 1st in West division
Lakeland defeated Sarasota 8-2, and in the process, improved their season record to 8-2. Tigers starting pitcher Eulogio DeLa Cruz allowed two runs on three hits and struck out five in his four innings of work. Cristhian Martinez took the mound for the Tigers in the fifth and pitched three shutout innings. In the eighth, Lakeland brought in Brian Hensen, who pitched the last two innings, giving up two hits and no runs. Lakeland's batters got a total of thirteen hits against the Reds pitching. Danilo Sanchez hit his fourth home run of the season. Brent Clevlen went two for five with a run scored and a RBI. The Tigers take Sunday off before traveling to Dunedin on Monday to begin a three-game series against the Blue Jays.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 4-5, tied 3rd in East division
It wasn't for lack of trying. West Michigan outhit Cedar Rapids again Saturday, but couldn't manage to top the Kernels. The 'Caps lost the game 4-2 and are 0-2 in their four-day series. In the bottom of the 1st with two outs and the bases loaded, first baseman Jody Roughton sent everyone back to the dugout on his first of two strikeouts for the day. By the end of the game, a total of 10 'Caps had been left on base. Pitchers Randor Bierd, Tony Peralta, and Collin Mahoney all performed well in spite of the losing effort. Peralta struck out six Kernels--five of the six went down swinging. Bierd took the loss. West Michigan attempted a rally in the 9th with runs from catcher Andrew Graham and center fielder Justin Justice. Both were sent home when shortstop Nick McIntryre grounded into a force out. The 'Caps will have another go at the Kernels Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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