Tigers Slammed Back Below .500 (5/3 Recaps)

Another Tiger starter just wasn't quite on his game, and this time around, he couldn't work his way through it, and the offense couldn't give him the extra cushion necessary to pull out a win as John Halama out-maneuvered Mike Maroth to get his first win of the year, while dropping Maroth to 2-2.

Detroit Tigers - 12-13, 3rd in AL Central
It was another one of those nights for the Tigers, and this time, Mike Maroth gave up the one hit he couldn't give up as the Tigers fell 5-3. Maroth and Red Sox starter John Halama were matched fairly evenly, and Maroth's start went much the way of Jeremy Bonderman's last night. But when the bases got juiced, Bonderman worked his way out, while Maroth gave up a grand slam to Doug Mirabelli, and that proved to be the difference. Maroth went six innings, allowing all five Boston runs, with six strikeouts and a season high six walks. Marcus Thames and Ivan Rodriguez gave the offense, but it wasn't enough to put the team over the top. Rodriguez blasted his third home run in the bottom of the first inning to match the Tigers at one apiece, while Thames had a huge game, helping break him out of a rough slump that started right after his call-up from Toledo. Thames went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a home run in the 9th inning. Game three of the series happens Wednesday night, when Nate Robertson takes on Tim Wakefield at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 13-10, 3rd in West division
Toledo's day off Monday carried over in to Tuesday, as the Hens forgot to show up to their 6:30 game, and were shutout by the visiting Indians 6-0. Indianapolis scored four runs in the second inning off starter Sean Douglass and added two more in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Douglass took the loss, his first of the season, and dropped to 3-1. Douglass did manage to strike out seven Indians, but his counterpart, starter Zach Duke, struck out 11 Hen batters and improved to 5-1 for the year. Toledo could only register three hits against the Indy staff, with singles from Chris Shelton, Byron Gettis, and Ryan Raburn. The Hens and Indians go back at it bright and early on Wednesday for the second of the two-game series at 10:30 a.m. You can watch all the action live via MinorLeagueBaseball.com, who will be broadcasting the game via webcast.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 15-10, 2nd in Southern division
If only the SeaWolves' game at Harrisburg had ended before they reached the bottom of the 8th inning. That's when a 4-run scoring outburst by Harrisburg broke open a 3 - 3 game and led to a 7 - 4 loss by the SeaWolves Tuesday night. Erie had 6 hits against the Senators, with 2B Gilberto Mejia going 2 for 3. 3B Don Kelly, C Max St. Pierre and CF Victor Mendez each drove in a run as Erie's 4 game winning streak came to an end. Starting pitcher Nate Cornejo surrendered 3 runs in 5 1/3 innings. The loss went to relief pitcher Jeremy Johnson (1 - 1), who gave up Harrisburg's 4 runs in the 8th. The teams meet again on Wednesday night at 6:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 18-7, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers defeated Clearwater 4-2. Justin Verlander started on the mound for Lakeland but did not get the decision. He pitched seven innings, gave up two runs on seven hits, and struck out six. Verlander came into the game with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 1.17. After tonight, he's given up a total of six runs in 30 innings pitched, and leads the Lakeland staff with 36 strikeouts. Brian Rogers relieved Verlander at the start of the eighth with the game tied 2-2. Rogers held the Threshers in the eighth and the Tigers put up a two run lead in the bottom of the inning. Derek Nicholson hit a RBI triple and scored on a single by Kody Kirkland. Chris Homer came on for the ninth and closed out the game. Rogers (3-1) gets the win for Lakeland and Homer collects his sixth save of the year. Nicholson was three for four, including the triple a single, and a solo home run. Scott Tousa was two for four with a double and a RBI. Lakeland and Clearwater go at it again tomorrow night in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 12-12, 4th in East division
Bad luck struck again, as West Michigan lost another game in 13 innings against Burlington, though this time the extra innings weren't the result of a blown save. Andrew Kown appears over his initial struggles since coming off the disabled list, as he pitched eight solid innings, with two runs allowed on four hits with six strikeouts. Anthony Tomey took the loss in relief, his third of the year. Wilkin Ramirez went 2-for-5 with an RBI double, and Justin Justice went 3-for-6 with a run and a double. Matt Parrish had two hits and drove in their other run. The ‘Caps once again face off against Burlington, and this time will hope to have better luck in the midday game, as it starts at 11:30am.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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