Detroit Tigers - 11-12, 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers run with .500 didn't last long, as just two games after eclipsing the mark, they fell back below it on Sunday afternoon, at the hands of Jon Garland in an 8-0 loss. Garland pitched a complete game shutout, improving his record to 5-0 on the year, the first pitcher to make it to five wins. Garland allowed just four hits, striking out six. Wilfredo Ledezma on the other side didn't have the same game, giving up six runs (five earned) over his five innings of work. Matt Ginter relieved Ledezma, but gave up another two runs in his three innings. Of the four hits the Tigers had, two of them came from the bat of Carlos Pena, who is trying to break out of a rough early season slump – his average is still just .183. Manager Alan Trammell made the decision to rest Carlos Guillen and Dmitri Young, two of his top hitters, against one of the hottest starters in the league right now, after both had potential problems (Guillen; hamstring tightness, Young; flu-like symptoms). The Tigers now travel back home to face the defending world champions, the Boston Red Sox. Jeremy Bonderman takes the mound for the Tigers, going up against John Halama, who will make his first start in helping replace Curt Schilling and David Wells in the rotation. First pitch is set for 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 13-9, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens offense continued to be stellar on Sunday afternoon, as they managed 14 hits against Columbus, compared to the Clippers' 12. The tally in the run column, though told a different story, as Toledo lost to Columbus 9-7. Toledo jumped out to a 2-0 lead early and extended the lead to 4-1 in the sixth, but the top of the seventh brought about an offensive explosion from the Clippers who scored six in the frame to take the lead 7-4. The Hens then got within one run before the Clippers scored two in the top of the ninth to put the game away. The loss for the Hens and win for the Clippers ties the two teams for first place in the IL West. Jack Hannahan belted his first home run of the season in the second inning and then gave the Clipper pitchers an encore hitting his second and third of the year in the sixth and ninth innings. Hannahan's 4 for 5 day raised his season average to .333. Chris Spurling, who relieved Kenny Baugh after his six and one third innings of work, took the loss, only pitching two-thirds of an inning, but allowing four runs. The loss drops Spurling to 2-1 on the season. The Clippers' Jason Anderson improved to 3-0 for the year with the win. The Hens get an off day on Monday, and will return to action on Tuesday when they host the Indianapolis Indians.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 14-9, 2nd in Southern division
See Wolves. See Wolves win. A score of 15-6 marked the SeaWolves' pulverization of the Binghamton Mets to put an exclamation point on the end of their 3-game series. It was slam city for the SeaWolves - highlighted by a 10-run 4th inning. The stars were in alignment with SS Tony Giarratano having 4 RBI's and one home run; RF David Espinosa and LF Michael Woods each scoring 3 runs and CF Victor Mendez scoring 2 runs. This story wasn't just about the bats - it was also the golden arm of SeaWolves' starting and winning pitcher Jeremy Johnson (2-1) who held the Mets to three runs in 5 innings until relieved by Corey Hamman, who pitched 2 scoreless innings. Adam Peterson relieved Hamman in the 8th and gave up 3 runs in the 9th - still not enough for Binghamton to catch Erie. The SeaWolves take on their next opponent, the Harrisburg Senators, Monday evening at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 16-7, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat Ft. Myers 8-1 behind a dominant performance from starter Nate Bumstead. Bumstead (4-0) allowed only five hits and one run in his seven innings on the mound. Kevin McDowell came in and pitched the seventh. Chris Homer followed in the ninth to end the game. Neither of the relievers gave up a hit. The Tigers were on the board early after Brent Clevlen hit a two run double in the top of the first. He scored later in the inning on a single by Kody Kirkland. Clevlen finished the game two for five with two runs and two RBI. Garth McKinney tacked on another run in the fifth with a solo home run, his second of the year. Kelly Hunt went two for five, including a three run homer. Ft. Myers and Lakeland are fighting it out for the lead in the western division. They have now split their three-game series 1-1. Lakeland takes a half game lead back from the Miracle. The teams play the third game of the series in Ft. Myers, tomorrow at 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 12-11, tied 3rd in East division
Behind the efforts of a great start by Dallas Trahern, the Whitecaps topped the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays 5-2. Trahern went the distance, pitching his first complete game of the year and getting his first win of the year, giving up two runs on six hits with an impressive 11 strikeouts. On the legs of some excellent patience at the plate (seven walks) and a home run by SS Brent Dlugach, Trahern got plenty of support to pick up the win. Brooks Colvin went 2-for-3 with a run, while Dlugach went 2-for-3 with his home run and two RBI. Justin Justice, Wilkin Ramirez and Andrew Graham each had an RBI apiece. The ‘Caps now travel to Burlington where they'll kick off a four game series Monday night at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor