Detroit Tigers - 6-10, tied 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers bullpen once again couldn't hold a lead, as this time Jamie Walker was the one to give up the lead in the 7th inning. Jeremy Bonderman, who after a shaky first inning pitched very well, was removed with two on and one out in the 7th inning, only to see Jamie Walker promptly allow a two-run single that gave the White Sox a 4-3 lead, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Bonderman ended up with the loss and all four earned runs, as well as two walks and four strikeouts. Carlos Guillen had a big day, going 3-for-3 with an RBI triple. Rondell White also launched a solo home run. Dmitri Young had another rough outing, going 0-for-4 with two groundouts into double plays, including ending an 8th inning rally after Brandon Inge and Carlos Guillen got on base to start the inning. The Tigers will try and break their skid on Friday evening against Minnesota at Comerica Park at 7:05pm. Mike Maroth will go up against Carlos Silva for the Twins.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 9-5, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens outhit the Charlotte Knights on Thursday, but it wasn't enough to avoid being the first team to fall to the Knights in Charlotte's last 11 tries. The Knights scored early and often jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first, adding one run in the third, three in the fifth and two in the seventh to put the Hens away for good. Toledo's only two runs came in the bottom of the fourth when Byron Gettis hit a two-run single to cut the lead to one. Mike Bynum, recently promoted from Erie took the loss giving up three earned runs, two of which he walked in, on two hits. Arnie Munoz, one of five Knights to take the mound, improved to 1-1 on the season. Curtis Granderson and Alexis Gomez each had two hits apiece for the Hens in the losing effort. Jorge Toca provided much of the offense for the Knights, blistering his old team going 4-5 with two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored. The Knights and Hens conclude the four game series Friday at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 8-7, tied 2nd in Southern division
The 46 degree game-time temperature chilled both the Erie fans and baseball team, as the SeaWolves fell to the Bowie Baysox 5 - 3. The bright spots for Erie were DH Kurt Airoso (2 for 4, with a 2 run homer in the 6th), C Max St. Pierre (2 for 4) and Don Kelley, who raised his batting average to .356 with 3 hits in 4 at-bats. SS Tony Giarratano returned to the line-up after being out with a shoulder injury. Starter Nate Cornejo suffered his second loss after giving up 3 runs (2 earned) in 4 1/3 innings. The teams meet again at 6:35 p.m. Friday.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 11-3, 1st in West division
It was another solid outing from the L-Tigers as they cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Miracle. Jordan Tata pitched seven strong innings to get the win, allowing one earned run with four strikeouts and no walks. Chris Homer picked up his third save with a solid inning with two strikeouts in the 9th. Brent Clevlen launched a 2-run home run (his 4th of the year), Kody Kirkland went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Scott Tousa took advantage of the playing time with two RBI. Lakeland faces Fort Myers again on Friday evening at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 7-7, tied 3rd in East division
West Michigan lost to Lansing in the bottom of the 9th Thursday in another close matchup. Starter Randor Bierd had the Lugnuts swinging, striking out six batters in his six innings on the mound. Reliever Collin Mahoney took the loss. Mahoney was on the mound in the last inning when a combination of walks and errors by second baseman Stephen Young and shortstop Brent Dlugach allowed the game-winning run. The 'Caps lineup had a decent night with two hits apiece for third baseman Brooks Colvin, left fielder Jeff Frazier, and center fielder Justin Justice. Getting runners home was another story. Twelve 'Caps were left on base and over half those runners were left in scoring position with two out. West Michigan meets Lansing for the last game of this series Friday at 6:05 p.m. Lansing leads the series 2-1.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent