Robertson Roughed Up in Loss (4/19 Recaps)

For whatever reason, Nate Robertson hasn't yet been able to put together a strong outing. Robertson was hit hard by the Orioles on Tuesday night, giving up six runs in less than four innings of work before being pulled. But, while the Tigers couldn't make it back to the .500 mark, they now have all four minor league clubs above .500.

Detroit Tigers - 6-8, tied 3rd in AL Central
Nate Robertson struggled yet again in what has been a rough start to the season for him as the Tigers fell 8-4 to Baltimore to split the series. Robertson got the loss falling to 0-2. He gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings, including a walk and four strikeouts. Matt Ginter relieved him, but he too gave up a pair of runs in 2 2/3 innings. Sidney Ponson on the other side didn't pitch great, but pitched well enough to get the win as he improved to 2-1 on the year. At the plate, Rondell White went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Carlos Pena had an RBI double, then later scored in the Tigers' three-run sixth inning. The Tigers now return home after finishing their road trip with a 3-5 mark. They'll face the Chicago White Sox for the first time this year for a short two-game series. Wilfredo Ledezma will take on Jon Garland at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 8-4, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens snapped their season-high three-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 6-4 win over the Charlotte Knights. The Hens, who had suffered three straight losses to the Durham Bulls, were able to pound out 10 hits against the Knights, whom they have now beaten four times this season. Kenny Baugh went six innings for Toledo, only giving up two earned runs on four hits. Baugh's ERA is now 2.81 on the season. The Knights jumped out to 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Hens found an offensive spark in the bottom half of the fifth scoring two runs of their own, and continued that hot-hitting in the sixth when they scored three more runs. Jack Hannahan was involved in four of the Hens six runs, driving in three and scoring one. He finished 3-4 with two doubles in the night. Jason Karnuth notched his third save of the year for Toledo. The Hens return to action on Wednesday at Fifth Third Field for the second game with Charlotte at 6:30 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 7-6, tied 2nd in Southern division
The Bowie Baysox saw only zeros tonight after the SeaWolves' stellar defense contributed to Erie's 1-0 victory in game two of their series. Starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson's record is now 1-1, after allowing 5 hits during his seven innings. Relief pitchers Matt Roney and Edwin Almonte locked in the win, pitching the last two innings and denying the Baysox any hits. LF Michael Woods hit a triple in the 3rd, followed by CF Victor Mendez's single to drive Woods home for the 1-0 lead. Erie and Bowie are now tied 1-1 in their 7-game series. Game three starts Wednesday evening at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 9-3, tied 1st in West division
The Tigers lost a close game to the Blue Jays 6-5. Lakeland was leading 5-4 going into the ninth, but Dunedin scored two runs in the top of the inning and went on to win. Reliever Chris Homer got the loss for Lakeland. Homer came on in the eighth with a one-run lead, one out and two men in scoring position. He got out of the eighth without giving up a run, but in the ninth, the Blue Jays hit Homer for three singles and a ground rule double to score two runs and take the lead. Dunedin called on pitcher Tracy Thorpe to close out the Tigers. Lakeland's Brent Clevlen hit his third home run of the season. He went two for four with two runs and two RBI. Kody Kirkland went two for four with a run and a RBI. The Tigers go back to Dunedin to play a third game against the Blue Jays tomorrow night at 7 pm. Lakeland and Dunedin have split the first two games of the series.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 7-5, tied 2nd in East division
The Whitecaps stomped the Lansing Lugnuts Tuesday 9-2. When the 'Caps finally put down their bats, they had 16 hits, six doubles, and two home runs. Leadoff batter and second baseman Brooks Colvin led the lineup with five hits. Sending the ball over the right field wall, center fielder Luis Sabino got his first homer of the season in the top of the 8th. One inning later, it was DH Wilkin Ramirez's turn for a first. His home run blast went to center field. On the RBI front, Sabino made the biggest contribution to the 'Caps winning effort with three. Starter Josh Kauten recorded the win and improved his record to 3-0. He pitched seven innings, striking out six Lugnuts. Matthew Righter finished the game with two hitless innings. West Michigan meets Lansing again Wednesday at 6:05 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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