Tigers Top Sox in Extra Innings (4/29 Recaps)

It was one of those games the Tigers should win, but one of those games Tigers' fans felt deep down they would blow in the end. They came close, as Troy Percival came on in the 9th with a one run lead and promptly loaded the bases with nobody out. Percival gave up a run, but no more, and Nook Logan provided the game winning hit in extra innings to push the Tigers to their 5th consecutive victory (and back over .500).

Detroit Tigers - 11-10, 3rd in AL Central
Nate Robertson had one of his strangest starts ever. For his no decision, Robertson pitched six innings without an earned run and just four hits, only he walked seven batters in that span, including walking in the lone run he allowed. Kyle Farnsworth and Ugueth Urbina held the lead after an RBI double by Ivan Rodriguez, but Troy Percival couldn't hold on to the one run lead, and the game went into extra innings. This time Nook Logan drove in the go ahead run on a triple to the right center field gap, scoring Carlos Pena. Franklyn German then came on and pitched a 1-2-3 11th inning for his first save of the year. Jamie Walker got the win for his work in the 10th inning. Rondell White got the Tigers on the board back in the 6th inning with a solo home run, his 4th of the year. Back over .500 for the first time since April 9th, they'll try and extend that record when Jason Johnson faces Orlando Hernandez at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 12-8, 1st in West division
The final game of the four game series between the Toledo Mud Hens and the Louisville Bats was rained out on Friday, with no makeup date being announced yet. The Hens return home on Saturday to start an eight game homestand. First pitch between the Hens and the Columbus Clippers will be at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 12-9, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves mixed stellar pitching with timely hitting and came away with a 5-1 road win over the Binghamton Mets on Friday night. Starting pitcher Rob Henkel was sharp over his six innings of work, giving up just one run, while striking out seven. Henkel, is now 4-1, with a 1.30 ERA. Reliever Matt Roney kept the Mets scoreless over the last 3 innings for his first save. SeaWolves' bats were active, led by RF David Espinosa (3 for 4, including a double and a home run, now hitting .352)and 3B Don Kelly (2 for 4, including a triple, now hitting .362). The teams meet again on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 15-6, 1st in West division
The Tigers defeated the Reds 7-2. Eulogio DeLa Cruz started the game for Lakeland, giving up two runs on two hits, issuing four walks and striking out seven. DeLa Cruz didn't get the decision because the Tigers failed to give him any run support during his four innings on the mound. The Tigers were held scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Vincent Blue singled in two runs to tie the game at two. Kevin McDowell was pitching for the Tigers in the fifth. He went two and two thirds innings, holding the Reds scoreless on three hits. It ended up being Brain Rogers who was awarded the win for the Tigers. Rogers came on in the top of the seventh with the game tied 2-2, two outs and a runner on base. He got out of the inning and Blue put Lakeland ahead in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single, the start of a three-run inning for Lakeland. Chris Homer came on with one out in the eighth and closed the game out, earning his fourth save of the year. Blue finished two for five with two RBI and a run scored. Kody Kirkland was two for three with two runs scored. Scott Tousa also went two for three and scored two runs. The Tigers begin a three game series at Ft Myers tomorrow, 6:05pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 11-10, tied 3rd in East division
Recovering from Thursday's loss to Southwest Michigan, the Whitecaps came on strong in the 1st inning Friday. The 'Caps scored three runs to put them on top for the duration of the game (6-3). Right fielder Matt Parrish, who continues to have a solid season at the plate, scored left fielder Jeff Frazier on his homer to right field to record his first of two RBIs for the night. Frazier had a strong showing in his own right, racking up two hits and an RBI on his line drive double in the 1st. On the mound for West Michigan, starter Randor Bierd saw most of the action. Bierd gave up five of the six Devil Ray hits, all three runs, and struck out six batters. He took the win and closer Collin Mahoney recorded his 5th save. The 'Caps travel to Battle Creek Saturday to meet the Devil Rays for game three of this four-game series. Game time is 6:35 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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