Tigers, Bonderman Over-match Sox (5/2 Recaps)

The Tigers took on the defending world champion Red Sox on Monday night at Comerica Park, and despite showing all the signs of being handed a blowout, turned it around behind a difficult yet strong outing from Jeremy Bonderman, and a suddenly awoken Carlos Pena.

Detroit Tigers - 12-12, 3rd in AL Central
The game had all the potential for a blowout; a struggling starter against a potent offense, defensive miscues, and a starter on the other side coming into his own. Yep, everything was on pace for the Red Sox blowing out the Tigers, except then something happened, it didn't. And instead of the Red Sox running away with the game, the Tigers came out on top 8-3. Jeremy Bonderman battled through his fair share of struggles, including a three run 3rd inning, and a bases loaded jam with nobody out in the 4th. But Bonderman persevered, and ended up pulling out a victory to improve his record to 4-2, after Carlos Pena's home run in the 6th inning gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead. Opposite Bonderman, the Tigers didn't hit Jeremi Gonzalez like many expected, as Gonzalez struck out seven in five innings. Pena, who has been cold all year, blasted a two run shot off Blaine Neal. He then added another solo home run in the 8th inning, giving him three for the year. Brandon Inge, back in the leadoff slot, went 2-for-4 with two runs. Carlos Guillen had three hits for the Tigers, and Craig Monroe got the scoring started in the 1st inning with a two-run double. Ugueth Urbina took over in the 8th, and pitched the final two innings for his first save of the season. Back at .500, the Tigers face Boston again on Tuesday night with Mike Maroth facing fellow lefty John Halama.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 13-9, 1st in West division
The Hens were off on Monday, but return to action on Tuesday evening when they host Indianapolis at 6:30pm at Fifth Third Field.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 15-9, 2nd in Southern division
Majority ruled in the SeaWolves' battle against the Harrisburg Senators as Erie won 6-3. Starting strong in the 2nd inning, SeaWolves' C Max St. Pierre drove in one run. Later in the inning, 1B Chris Maples made the score 3-0 driving in 2 runs with a single. Home run heaven decided to open its gates for CF Victor Mendez in the 5th and 2B Gilberto Mejia in the 7th - each hitting a homer. Starting pitcher Mike Bynum got the win and bumped his record to 2-0 with 6 innings of work. Pitchers Matt Roney (relieving in the 7th) and Edwin Almonte (in the 9th) displayed a solid game by not allowing the Senators to score. Game two of the 4-game series starts in Harrisburg on Tuesday at 6:35p.m.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 17-7, 1st in West division
Jordan Tata pitched a complete game shutout and the Tigers rolled over Ft. Myers 9-0. Tata was in control of his pitches the entire game. He issued no walks, allowed just three hits and struck out seven. Tata was pitching a no-hitter into the sixth when Miracle center fielder Ronald Perodin lined a single into left field. Tata (2-0) came into the game with an ERA of 1.59 in 22.2 innings pitched. Both of the game's starting pitchers threw well in the early innings. Ft. Myers' Adam Harben held the Tigers scoreless until the fifth when the Tigers' batters strung together four singles, a walk and a stolen base to take a 3-0 lead. Tata continued to shut down the Miracle, but Harben could not keep pace, giving up six runs in the next two innings before being pulled in the top of the seventh. Juan Francia finished three for four with 3 RBI and two runs scored. Scott Tousa was three for three with two runs and a RBI. Lakeland (17-7) is now leading the division by a game and a half. The Tigers begin a three-game series at home against Clearwater tomorrow, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 12-12, 4th in East division
The Whitecaps were just one out away from closing out a three run victory; just one run away. But then a three run 9th inning by Burlington sent the game into extra innings, and Burlington came out on top 5-4 in 13 innings. Collin Mahoney blew the save, the first one of the season, giving up the loss for Josh Kauten, who didn't allow a run in his six innings of work, which included four strikeouts. Jay Sborz gave up the winning run in the bottom of the 13th to take the loss, his first of the year. Brent Dlugach led the way on offense, with three hits, including an RBI single, a triple and a run scored. No other player had more than one hit in the Whitecaps' lineup. The two clubs face off again on Tuesday night at 7:00pm in Burlington.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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