Notes: Ramon Martinez made his debut on his rehab assignment with the Mud Hens and promptly went 6-for-6 with a pair of runs scored. Martinez became just the third player in Mud Hen history to get six hits in a single game. While he's obviously displayed he's likely back into game shape, it's still expected Martinez will stay in Toledo until Friday, especially if manager Alan Trammell is considering sending a pitcher down, considering all of the rainouts that have shifted the pitching staff all over the place over the past few days.
TT Stat: Jack Hannahan had a nine game hitting streak up through Monday's game, when he went 16-for-33 over the nine game stretch. Hannahan, who has yet to hit above 7th in the lineup thus far this season, holds the longest hitting streak that has been achieved by a Mud Hen. Hannahan is hitting .321 so far this season, and with already excellent defense, just needs to keep his hitting up to make an argument for a shot at the big leagues, even if being blocked by Brandon Inge.
Notes: While the Tigers are battling the weather, the SeaWolves have been doing so as well, as they've had two games postponed, and a third temporarily suspended. So goes the life of a team on the coast of Lake Erie where lake-effect weather can be unpredictable.
TT Stat: David Espinosa didn't get promoted after his 2004 season in Erie, partly because of second half tail-off, but more due to a logjam of outfielders that the Tigers acquired in the off-season that have filled up the spots in Toledo. Besides an excellent walk rate, Espinosa is now pulling up his power numbers, and is slugging .613, and is trailing just Juan Tejeda in RBI on the club.
Notes: For the time being the L-Tigers are happy to have such an abundance of pitching talent, but at some point, and that point will be sooner rather than later, the Tigers will likely start shifting some members of the group, depending on who impresses early on. Simply put, they have too many pitchers that deserve/need innings, but those innings just aren't available to them.
TT Stat: Juan Francia has flown under the radar so far this year, but that isn't because he hasn't been performing. Francia's 2-for-5 game on Tuesday pushed his average up to .361. Francia still doesn't walk much (three walks in 72 at bats) and has only been successful in five of his nine stolen base attempts, but his slap hitting ability is drawing comparisons to Juan Pierre.
Notes: The Whitecaps, priding themselves on being an involved member of the greater Grand Rapids community, has announced that it will be an active participant in "Michigan Steps Up", a government initiative designed to increase physical activity and promote healthy living. The ‘Caps will do public service announcements as well as make announcements during games about registering. For more information, you can go to michiganstepsup.org.
TT Stat: Josh Kauten took his first loss of the year as part of yesterday's doubleheader, but he certainly didn't have a bad game, in fact, he pitched his first complete game of the year, going all seven innings for the ‘Caps. The loss dropped Kauten's record to 3-1, but Kauten still has an ERA of 3.00, and leads West Michigan with 24 innings pitched as well as strikeouts with 18. Kauten was a 2004 draftee, and is quickly impressing after being selected in the 11th round just eleven months ago