Offense Explodes to Top Tribe (4/27 Recaps)

The rain was lingering, but after a brief delay, the Tigers and Indians were able to get the second game of the series in after being rained out in the first. Good news for the Tigers, as Jeremy Bonderman was on, and the Tigers' offense was ready to mash as they put up a 10-spot on the Tribe.

Detroit Tigers - 9-10, 3rd in AL Central
It was a good game all around for the Tigers as they moved back to within a game of .500 as they beat Cleveland 10-3. Jeremy Bonderman got the win to improve to 3-2 on the year, as he went eight innings, giving up two runs on just three hits with seven strikeouts. Offensively, it was doubles city for the Tigers, as they had six, five of which came off starter Jake Westbrook, who the Tigers chased before he could get out of the third inning. Carlos Guillen went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Carlos Pena saw his bat awoke with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs scored. Craig Monroe also got himself out of a mini slump with a 2-for-4 day, including his third home run and three RBI. Hoping again to avoid the rain, the Tigers will face Cleveland again on Thursday night at 7:05pm as Mike Maroth faces Kevin Millwood.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 12-7, 1st in West division
Toledo's offense was equally impressive as the Mud Hens won 10-4 over Louisville. In his second start, Mike Bynum got his first win as a Mud Hen, going seven innings while allowing three runs on eight hits. The offense gave Bynum plenty of breathing room, especially at the top, where Curtis Granderson went 4-for-6 from the leadoff slot, including three runs scored and falling a home run short of the cycle. DH Chris Shelton had yet another impressive game, going 2-for-3 with two walks and four runs scored. Mike Hessman also drove in four runs for the 'Hens, and Brandon Harper drove in three. Byron Gettis also had a solo home run. The Mud Hens face off against Louisville again on Thursday night at 7:15pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AA Erie SeaWolves - 11-9, 3rd in Southern division
A total of 8 runs crossed the plate in Erie's Wednesday night's game with the Altoona Curve. Unfortunately for the SeaWolves and their fans, 7 of those runs were scored by Altoona. Prior to the start of that game, they finished up their outing that was suspended the previous night, coming up with a big victory by a score of 15-11. Lee Rodney gave up four runs but got the win in relief of Jeremy Johnson, who had started the game the night before. The SeaWolves had 5 home runs in that game, including 2 from David Espinosa. In the second game, the 7-1 loss still had some bright spots for Erie as 3B Don Kelly rocked Altoona pitchers with his fifth home run and a double, to bring his batting average to .342. 2B Chris Maples also had a good night at the plate, going 2 for 3, including a double. Starting pitcher Nate Cornejo pitched well, yielding 2 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings, but took the loss. Cornejo is now 1-3 for the season, despite an ERA of 3.06. The SeaWolves are off on Thursday. They travel to Binghamton for a 7:05 game Friday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 13-6, 1st in West division
The Tigers lost a close game to the Reds by the score of 3-2. Jordan Tata started for Lakeland. He allowed eight hits, two runs and struck out seven in his five innings of work. Tata gave up two runs in the top of the first, but settled in and shut down the Reds for the next four innings. The Tigers tied the game up in the bottom of the second when Danilo Sanchez and Kody Kirkland led of the inning with back-to-back home runs. The Tigers were not able to get anything else going on offense, managing only five hits in the game. Danny Zell replaced Tata in the sixth and pitched one and third innings. Zell was pulled after he got into trouble in the seventh. The Tigers replaced him with Brian Rogers. Rogers got out of the seventh but allowed the go-ahead run in the eighth. Brain Hensen pitched the ninth but Rogers got the loss after Lakeland was not able to score. Lakeland (13-6) and Sarasota (7-13) play the second game of their series in Lakeland tomorrow night at 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 10-9, tied 3rd in East division
After four games in just over 24 hours, the 'Caps got a much needed day off. They host Southwest Michigan on Thursday at 6:35pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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