Tiger Offense Explodes Against O's (4/18 Recaps)

The rollercoaster keeps on going; as just five days after not being able to make it out of the first inning, Jason Johnson gave the Tigers seven strong innings. Even if he hadn't, there's a good chance the O's wouldn't have been able to keep up with the Tiger offense, who put up a season high 13 runs.

Detroit Tigers - 6-7, tied 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers are now showing no ill effects of their five-game losing streak, as their offense exploded for the 13 runs against the Orioles in Baltimore to win their third straight, 13-3. Jason Johnson, proving to be the rollercoaster once again, was on an upswing this time around, as he went seven innings, allowing two runs, and surprisingly enough without a walk or a strikeout. Almost everyone had a notable game at the plate, but among the particularly impressive were Brandon Inge, who went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI and Dmitri Young who also had three hits, to go along with three runs and three RBI (which includes his fourth home run of the year). The bottom of the lineup also produced, with Nook Logan scoring three runs with three hits and making a pair of excellent defensive snags to rob home runs from the Orioles, and Omar Infante hitting his first home run of the year. The Tigers, just a game within .500 again, face the Orioles again on Tuesday night, with Nate Robertson facing Sidney Ponson at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 7-4, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens continued their skid on Monday by losing their third straight game to Durham by a final of 5-3. The Bulls jumped on the board early scoring four runs in the 2nd inning off of starter Doug Creek, who eventually took the loss. Toledo played small-ball in the 5th inning in an attempt to close the gap by scoring three runs on five singles. The Hens had an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead in the bottom of the 7th with the bases loaded and only one out, but a ground-ball by Chris Shelton gave Durham the double play they needed to end the inning. Matt Carnes got the win for the Bulls, pitching one and two-thirds innings, and only allowing two hits, while striking out two Toledo batters. Curtis Granderson and Chris Shelton each had two hits, and knocked in one run apiece. Lee Gardner came in to close the game out for the Bulls and earned his second save of the year. With the loss, the Hens are now 7-4 and fall out of first place in the IL West trailing Columbus by half a game for the top spot. The Hens begin another four-game home series with Charlotte on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 6-6, tied 3rd in Southern division
After dueling it out for 10 innings, the SeaWolves lost 3-2 in game one of their 7-game series against the Bowie Baysox. Erie managed five hits, starting with DH Kurt Airoso's explosive homerun in the top of the 2nd. Afterwards, the SeaWolves were scoreless until the top of the 8th when RF David Espinosa hit a sacrifice fly that drove in the tying run, making the score 2-2. Starting pitcher Joel Zumaya held Bowie to 2 runs through seven innings. Mike Bumatay relieved him in the bottom of the 8th. Bumatay, who took the loss, loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th. The Baysox scored the winning run when Matt Roney replaced Bumatay and hit Baysox RF Jeff Inglin with the pitch. Game two of the series starts at 7:05 Tuesday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 9-2, 1st in West division
The Tigers handled the Blue Jays tonight 7-1 in the opening game of their three-game series. Lakeland won handedly thanks to a strong performance from pitcher Justin Verlander. Verlander (2-1) pitched seven innings, giving up only one run on six hits while striking out nine. Kelly Hunt and Garth McKinney both homered for the Tigers. Two weeks into the season and Lakeland's offense is leading the league in several categories including; batting average (.320), RBI (60), hits (115) and runs (66). Lakeland's record is 9-2 and they are currently one game ahead of Fort Meyers for the lead in the division. The Tigers and Blue Jays play game two of their series tomorrow in Dunedin at 7 pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 6-5, tied 3rd in East division
The 'Caps went for the big finish Monday, pulling ahead of Cedar Rapids 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th. West Michigan split the four-game series with the Kernels. After eight scoreless innings and five innings where the 'Caps went down 1-2-3, shortstop Brent Dlugach singled to start the last ditch effort. Left fielder Jeff Frazier followed with a single of his own, and both runners advanced on a Kernels wild pitch. Third baseman Nick McIntyre walked to load the bases, and DH Matt Parrish followed with a force out (Dlugach at the plate). Cedar Rapids pitcher Mitchell Arnold then lost all control and the 'Caps took full advantage. A wild pitch scored Frazier. Catcher Dusty Ryan walked to load the bases again and a second wild pitch from Arnold opened the door for McIntyre who scored the game-winning run. Staring pitcher Dallas Trahern gave up seven hits and the Kernels' one run before Jay Sborz came on in relief. Sborz, who got the win, had three strikeouts and allowed no hits. West Michigan travels east to meet the Lansing Lugnuts in a four-game away series. Tuesday's game gets underway at 6:05 p.m.
-Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent


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