Bonderman Steps Up Again (5/7 Recaps)

Everything was going wrong for the Tigers. The offense was slowing, they couldn't get a decent starting outing, and the bullpen was still struggling. But in true ace form, Jeremy Bonderman stepped up and gave the Tigers a gem. Bonderman's excellent pitching, along with a couple late inning runs and Troy Percival shutting down his former team in the 9th gave the Tigers enough ammo to get back into the win column.

Detroit Tigers - 13-16, 3rd in AL Central
It was a game you almost hate to see someone have to lose; but the Tigers will take the win any way that they can get it as they beat the Angels 2-1. Jeremy Bonderman pitched another gem, and earned his 5th win of the year. Bonderman went eight innings, allowing one run on four hits, with eight strikeouts. The man opposite Bonderman, Bartolo Colon, had an excellent outing as well, pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts. But the Tigers touched Colon for a pair of runs in the 8th inning, which proved to be enough for Bonderman to get the win. Carlos Pena scored the tying run via a Nook Logan single after singling himself and advancing to second on a balk. Ivan Rodriguez then drove in the go ahead run on a sacrifice fly, which got Logan in from third. Troy Percival came on in the 9th, and besides a Vladimir Guerrero single, retired the Angels with ease to get his 3rd save. The Tigers and Angels finish up the series on Sunday afternoon at 4:05pm when Mike Maroth faces Jarrod Washburn.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 16-11, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens were looking for their fourth straight win and were sending one of their best pitchers to the mound on Saturday, but the Hens couldn't come through with the offense when it counted, and they lost their eleventh game of the season, 4-2, dropping their season mark to 16-11. Baugh only made it through five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and striking out three. Mark Woodyard and Doug Creek were able to put a lid on the Louisville offense in the final four innings of the game allowing a combined two hits while striking out five as a pair. Kevin Hooper went 3-4 with a walk, but no other Hen managed more than one hit. Chris Shelton did however extend his hit streak going 1-4 with an RBI and a walk. The streak now stands at seven games. The Hens and Bats will finish their four-game series on Sunday at 2 p.m. with Sean Douglass taking the mound for Toledo.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 18-11, 2nd in Southern division
There was no quit in the SeaWolves, who rallied for 4 big runs in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 5-2 win over the Binghamton Mets on Saturday night. The eighth inning rally started when C Max St. Pierre reached first on a Mets' throwing error. 3B Chris Maples followed with a single, and 2B Gilberto Mejia was walked. With the bases loaded, 1B Jason Knoedler singled in 2 runs. Two more runs scored later in the inning on a bases loaded ground out by SS Tony Giarratano to run the Erie lead to 5-2. Erie's big hitters were Maples (2 for 4), LF Mike Woods (3 for 5), and Knoedler (3 for 4). Starting pitcher Mike Bynum threw 7 strong innings, giving up only 2 hits and 2 (earned) runs, while striking out 10. The win went to Reliever Corey Hamman (3-0) who pitched a scoreless eighth. The teams conclude their series with a 1:05 p.m. game on Sunday.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 22-7, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers defeated St. Lucie 6-2. Lakeland starter Jordan Tata pitched six and a third innings and got the win. Tata allowed one run on two hits while giving up two walks and striking out four. The Tigers had a tough time against Mets' starter Michael Swindell, who held Lakeland to three hits and one run through six innings. The game was tied 1-1 in the seventh when Garth McKinney hit a solo home run, his third of the year, and the Tigers took the lead. Lakeland added four more runs in the top of the ninth. Brent Clevlen hit a RBI double and Eric Rodland hit a three-run homer. The Tigers are now 9-1 in their last 10 games. The Tigers now have a two and half game lead in the division. Lakeland and St. Lucie play again tomorrow in St. Lucie, 1:00 pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 13-16, 5th 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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