Tigers take Series from Royals (4/17 Recaps)

The Tigers finally put everything together on Sunday for a complete game in all facets. The team got a strong start from Mike Maroth, solid relief work from Ugueth Urbina, defense without an error and six runs of cushion from the offense to complete the victory over the Royals.

Detroit Tigers - 5-7, tied 3rd in AL Central
Mike Maroth pitched well enough on Tuesday to get a win against the Minnesota Twins, but the bullpen couldn't hold up. There were no such problems this time as the Tigers beat the Royals 6-1. Maroth went 7 2/3 innings, giving up a run on five hits. From there, Ugueth Urbina took over, striking out all four Royals he faced to secure the victory. Ivan Rodriguez had a huge game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBI. Rondell White also went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Nook Logan went 2-for-4, including scoring two runs and swiping his first base of the season. The Tigers now travel to Baltimore for a brief two game series with the Orioles. Game time is set for 7:05pm at Camden Yards. Former Oriole Jason Johnson will face Erik Bedard.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 7-3, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens dropped their second straight game on Sunday to the Durham Bulls by a final of 8-3. The second loss in a row to the Bulls comes on the heels of a five-game winning streak for the Hens, who still own the best record in the IL at 7-3. Toledo jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but the Bulls bats awakened in the fifth inning and by the time the sixth inning was finished, the Hens were looking at an 8-3 deficit. The Bulls pen was able to hold Toledo scoreless for the final three innings to preserve the win for Brian Sweeney. Jason Grilli was tagged for the loss after giving up four earned runs on six hits in four and two-thirds innings. Alexis Gomez led the offensive attack for the Hens going 2-4 with 2 RBI and a homerun. Durham outhit the Hens 13-10, with neither team committing an error. The Hens and Bulls complete the four-game series on Monday. Game time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 6-5, tied 2nd in Southern division
Another opponent bit the dust as the SeaWolves dominated the Altoona Curve, closing out their series with an 11-2 win. The opening inning was a beauty with 1B Juan Tejeda's grand slam, after a single by RF David Espinosa and walks by SS Don Kelly and DH Kurt Airoso. The SeaWolves didn't stop there with Espinosa and LF Michael Woods driving in two more runs later in the inning. The following innings were just as sweet with a triple by Kelly, and single by Airoso in the 4th, adding two runs. Espinosa's 2-run homer in the 5th stretched the SeaWolves lead to 10-1. Woods sealed the deal with a single at the top of the 9th to make the score 11-2. Starting pitcher Rob Henkel (2-1) kept Altoona at bay allowing one run during his 6-innings of pitching. Relief pitchers Mark Johnson and Corey Hamman held Altoona scoreless for the 7th and 8th innings. Edwin Almonte closed the game, giving up one run in the 9th. The SeaWolves continue their road trip with a 7:05 p.m. game Tuesday against the Bowie Baysox.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 5-5, 3rd in East division
West Michigan turned the tables on Cedar Rapids Sunday, beating the Kernels 4-1. In a game with remarkable, though reversed, similarities to Friday and Saturday's efforts, the 'Caps capitalized on errors and a wild pitch to score their runs. West Michigan continued to get the hits--eight to the Kernels three. Catcher Dusty Ryan and shortstop Brent Dlugach led the lineup with two hits apiece. Right fielder Matt Parrish, whose performance at the plate has exceeded initial expectations so far this season, contributed two of the 'Caps three RBIs. On the mound, starter Jair Jurrjens held the Kernels hitless for four innings. By the end of six, Jurrjens allowed only two hits and struck out seven. He took the win, his second of the season ( 0.00 ERA). Ian Ostlund got the save. West Michigan closes out the series with Cedar Rapids Monday night. Game time is 6:35 p.m.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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