Percival Closes Game for First Save (4/25 Recaps)

It took 18 games for it to happen, but Troy Percival finally converted his first save as a Tiger, just two days after getting his first win as a Tiger. But it wasn't all Easy Street for the Tigers, as Kyle Farnsworth gave away the lead, but this time the offense was able to get the lead back and sweep the strange two game series with Minnesota.

Detroit Tigers - 8-10, 3rd in AL Central
After two days off due to snow, the Tigers and Minnesota Twins were finally able to meet up Monday afternoon, as the Tigers cruised to a 6-4 victory. Jason Johnson took a no decision but pitched well for the most part, going 6 2/3 innings, while allowing three runs on five hits. But in surprising fashion, it was the man that took the win from Johnson that got the win - Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth came in to relieve Johnson in the 7th inning and promptly allowed two runs to cross the plate, giving away the Tigers slim 3-2 lead, which was built in the first inning by home runs by Carlos Guillen and Dmitri Young. But rare errors by the Minnesota Twins allowed the Tigers to score two runs in the bottom half of the 7th and another insurance run in the 8th to provide the two run cushion for Percival. He didn't need it as he pitched a one, two, three inning with two strikeouts to get his first save. The Tigers will now travel to Cleveland to take on the Indians for a three- game series. Nate Robertson will look to rebound against Jake Westbrook, who is a surprisingly poor 0-4 to start the year. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 10-7, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens dropped their second straight Monday afternoon as the Indianapolis Indians swept the weather-shorten series by a score of 2-1. The Tribe coaching staff didn't take any chances with the Hens hitters, using five different pitchers who combined for a three-hitter. Gookie Dawkins provided the lone run for Toledo in the top of the ninth inning by hitting his third home run of the year. Sandy Martinez and Alexis Gomez were the only other Hens to have a hit in the game. Kenny Baugh lost his first game of the season falling to 2-1 despite pitching six innings and only allowing one run on four hits. Baugh's ERA is still a meager 2.45 on the season. The win went to Ian Snell, who improves to 3-0 on the year. The Hens look to rebound on Tuesday when they visit the Bats in Louisville at 7:15 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 10-8, 3rd in Southern division
With the snow blown away, the SeaWolves did play - and win 6-5 against the Altoona Curve in game one of their three-game series. The SeaWolves started strong, jumping to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd with CF Victor Mendez and SS Tony Giarratano driving in the runs. The lead didn't last long. By the 8th inning, Altoona pulled to a 5-3 lead. The SeaWolves didn't give up, especially hard-hitting RF David Espinosa who tripled (3) to drive in two runs. Giarratano followed to drive in Espinosa and ultimately win the game 6-5. Starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson had a somewhat shaky start allowing Altoona 3 runs in a little over 5 innings. The win goes to relief pitcher Adam Peterson (1-0), who pitched in the 8th, and the save goes to Edwin Almonte who pitched a perfect 9th inning to ensure the win. Altoona and Erie continue their series Tuesday night at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 13-4, 1st in West division
Lakeland's Virgil Vasquez pitched a complete game shutout against the Dunedin Blue Jays and beat them 10-0. Vasquez (3-0) gave up five hits, walked one and struck out two. His complete game is the first for the Tigers pitching staff this season. Vasquez's performance was a complete turnaround from yesterday's game when Lakeland pitchers were rocked for 19 hits in a 16-2 loss to these same Blue Jays. Brent Clevlen went two for four, had four RBI and hit his sixth home run of the year. Vincent Blue was two for four with a double and two RBI. Garth McKinney went two for four with a double and two runs scored. Lakeland and Dunedin have split the first two games of their three-game series. They play tomorrow night at 7pm in Dunedin.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 9-8, 3rd in East division
It was a tale of two West Michigan teams Monday as the 'Caps split the first of two doubleheaders with Peoria. In game one, the 'Caps fell hard to the Chiefs 9-0. West Michigan managed only four hits, had three fielding errors, and left seven men on base. Starter Dallas Trahern recorded the loss, his first of the season. Trahern gave up six of the Chiefs' nine runs in four innings. First baseman Jody Roughton had the best record at the plate with two hits. Game two revealed the other West Michigan Whitecaps. In a tight game, the 'Caps broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 8th when center fielder Justin Justice scored on a force out by right fielder Luis Sabino. The 'Caps and Chiefs went hit for hit with seven apiece. At the plate, Justice racked up two hits and two runs in four at bats. Closer Anthony Tomey got the win, improving his record to 1-1 (1.17 ERA). Starter Matthew Righter gave up six hits, three earned runs, and a solo homer to Chiefs' RF Bo Flowers in his four innings on the mound. West Michigan meets Peoria Tuesday at noon for the doubleheader that will close out their four-game series. 'Caps fans will watch for the winning version of their team to take the field Tuesday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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