Detroit Tigers - 12-14, 3rd in AL Central
Nate Robertson finally turned in a solid start, but untimely hitting and a run allowed in relief left the Tigers with another one run loss as they fell to the Red Sox 4-3. Robertson pitched six and two thirds innings, allowing three runs (two earned), with three walks and three strikeouts. But the damage was done against Kyle Farnsworth in the 8th inning, when Farnsworth allowed the go ahead run to score via a Kevin Youkilis single. The Tigers had an opportunity to take the lead and do even more damage in the fifth inning, when the team had two singles and two doubles – unfortunately, a Brandon Inge double play ball as well as an excellent relay that nabbed Carlos Guillen at the plate limited the Tigers to two runs, leaving the score tied at three. Craig Monroe and Ramon Martinez each had two hits apiece in the loss, while Omar Infante had a double with an RBI and a run scored. Brandon Inge didn't have his best game; besides the double play to slow the rally, Inge also committed a pair of errors. Jason Johnson faces Bronson Arroyo at 1:05pm at Comerica Park.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 14-10, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens waited until the bottom of the ninth to score their final two runs in dramatic fashion and beat the Indianapolis Indians 4-3. Chris Shelton notched his only hit with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth when he hit a double to score Ryan Raburn and Curtis Granderson which was all the Hens needed to win the game. The Indians scored all of their runs on solo home runs with two in the second and one in the third. Jason Karnuth got his second win of the season after pitching the top half of the ninth for the Hens to improve to 2-0 on the year. Granderson was the only Hen with more than one hit, going 2-4. Mike Hessman hit his third home run of the year in the second inning. The Hens begin a four game series with Louisville on Thursday with game time set for 6:30 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 16-10, 2nd in Southern division
An 8th inning threat from the Harrisburg Senators was not enough to catch the SeaWolves – who won the game 6-5. The scoring started in the 2nd with C Mike Rabelo's single to make the lead 1-0. Onto the 3rd – 1B Christopher Maples' single drove in two more runs to increase the lead to 3-1. The 4th brought two more runs for the SeaWolves with an RBI by RF David Espinosa, who later scored off a wild pitch by the Senators' Justin Echols. CF Victor Mendez's home run in the 5th marked the end of the scoring for Erie and the rest of the game rest in the hands of the SeaWolves pitching. The nail biting began in the 8th with pitcher Corey Hamman relieving starting pitcher Rob Henkel. Hamman gave up 4 runs to shrink Erie's lead from 5 runs to just one. Relief pitcher Lee Rodney replaced Hamman and managed to close the inning without allowing the Senators to score. Edwin Almonte relieved Rodney in the 9th and cemented the SeaWolves' win. This game marked Henkel's 5th win of the season making his record 5-1 (ERA 1.30). Erie leads the series 2-1 with the final game starting at 12:05 Thursday afternoon.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 19-7, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers defeated the Threshers 10-3. Eulogio DeLa Cruz (1-1) pitched five innings, gave up two runs on four hits and recorded three strikeouts in the win. Brian Hensen came on in the sixth and pitched two innings. He allowed one run and four hits. Andy Baldwin came out in the eighth and pitched two hitless innings for Lakeland to close out the game. The Threshers were up 2-0 in the third before Danilo Sanchez got things started for the Tigers offensively. Sanchez hit his seventh homerun of the season. Later in the inning, Brent Clevlen hit a sacrifice fly to score Scott Tousa and Lakeland tied the game at two. The Tigers momentum continued from there. They scored seven runs in the next to innings and took control of the game. Sanchez finished one for three with the home run. Tousa went two for two with four RBI; Tousa hit a three run homer in the fourth, his first of the season. The Tigers (19-7) currently have the best record in the league. Lakeland and Clearwater play the last game of their series tomorrow in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 13-13, 4th in East division
The Whitecaps finally got the offense they needed to give the pitchers the necessary support to get a win as they ‘Caps beat Burlington 5-2. Randor Bierd got the win, his third of the year. Bierd went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, including four strikeouts. After Matt Righter allowed one unearned run in the 8th, Collin Mahoney came on and closed it out in the 9th for his 6th save of the season. The team was paced offensively by Jeff Frazier and Matt Parrish. Frazier went 2-for-4 including three runs and a solo home run, his third of the year. Parrish went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Wilkin Ramirez also chipped in with three RBI. Back at .500, the ‘Caps take on Burlington one more time at 7:00pm before returning home for a four game home stand.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor