Skid Continues on the Left Coast (5/6 Recaps)

After a brief upswing, the Tigers are back on their way down, and once again are doing with one run defeats. A big game from Tiger offseason target Steve Finley as well as starting pitcher Kelvim Escobar led to the Tigers' 4-3 defeat.

Detroit Tigers - 12-16, tied 3rd in AL Central
Different ballpark, different state, same result. The Tigers leaving the friendly confines of Comerica Park did little to improve their record, as the Tigers lost the series opener to the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. Wilfredo Ledezma took the loss, falling to 1-3. Ledezma gave up four runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Kelvim Escobar on the other hand performed well, earning his first win of the year in his 7 1/3 inning outing. Escobar had all three Tigers' earned runs, while he struck out five and walked two. SS Carlos Guillen had a good game at the plate against the Angels, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Marcus Thames got four plate appearances and struck out on three of them, but made the best out of the other, blasting his third home run of the year to put the Tigers on the board in the 2nd inning. The Tigers will try and get back in the win column on Saturday night, when Jeremy Bonderman takes on Bartolo Colon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 16-10, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens have found many ways to win so far this season, and on Friday, they did it with their defense. A strong seven-inning outing by Jason Grilli was enough to hold the Louisville hitter to just six hits and no runs as the Hens went on to win 3-0. Grilli, who is now 2-2 made his longest start of the season and set the mark for the most strikeouts in one game by a Hens' pitcher this year with nine. The Hens managed seven hits off of the Louisville staff with four of them coming from Mike Hessman and Jack Hannahan, who each went 2-4. Chris Shelton also helped out the pitching staff hitting a double in the fifth that extended his hitting streak to six games. Kenny Baugh will make the start for the Hens Saturday at 7 p.m. against Louisville.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 17-11, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves scored 2 runs on 4 hits in a Friday evening home game against the Binghamton Mets. Unfortunately for Erie, Binghamton scored 10 runs on 13 hits and crushed Erie 10-2. Erie's offense consisted of hits from SS Tony Giarratano, DH Kurt Airoso, 3B Don Kelly, and C Max St. Pierre (who hit his first home run). Erie starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson (2-2) was rocked for 6 runs (4 earned) in 6 1/3 innnings of work and took his second loss. The teams play again on Saturday night at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 21-7, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Mets 6-5 and Nate Bumstead improved his record to a perfect 5-0. Bumstead came into the game with a 2.68 ERA, having given up 15 runs on 32 hits in 37 innings pitched so far in the season. The Mets got out ahead of Bumstead and the Tigers early. Lakeland was down five runs after the third inning. The Tigers finally got on the board in the fourth when Juan Francia and Vincent Blue each scored to bring the score to 2-5. Bumstead got control of the Mets after the third and didn't allow another run in his last four innings of work. Lakeland took the lead in the seventh. In the inning, the Tigers hit five singles and drew two walks off of three different Met pitchers to go up 6-5. Lakeland used both Brian Rogers and Brian Hensen in the eighth, and then Chris Homer in the ninth to close out St. Lucie for the win. Homer recorded his seventh save of the year. Lakeland was effectively pushing their runners around the bases. The Tigers scored all six runs without getting an extra-base hit. Juan Francia finished two for five with a run and a RBI. Vincent Blue was two for two for four with a run and two RBI. Derek Nicholson was two for four with a run and a RBI. This was the first game of a three-game series between Lakeland and St. Lucie. The two teams play again tomorrow at 6:05 pm in St. Lucie.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 13-15, 4th in East division
The 'Caps fell to the South Bend Silverhawks Friday, losing the series opener 9-3. Young starter Dallas Trahern lasted five innings on the mound, giving up six hits, six runs (5 earned), four walks, and a 5th inning homer to Silverhawks right fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Trahern recorded the loss, bringing his record to 1-2 (2.48 ERA). The West Michigan lineup managed nine hits that included a double from first baseman Josh Lee. Closing the deal proved to be the lineup's biggest challenge -- five runners were left in scoring position with two out. The 'Caps will have another go at the Hawks Saturday afternoon. Game time is 2:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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