Offense Arrives in Blowout Victory (5/8 Recaps)

The Tigers offense was running on all cylinders on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim, and in turn Detroit blew away the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim behind a big day from a number of players on offense as well as a strong outing from lefty Mike Maroth.

Detroit Tigers - 14-16, 3rd in AL Central
After Jeremy Bonderman out-dueled Bartolo Colon on Saturday night, one might think the Angels would be looking for revenge to take the series. Instead, the Angels game out dead and the Tigers came out firing as they rolled over the Angels 10-1. It figured to be a bad sign for the Angels when Brandon Inge led off the game with a solo home run. The club followed it up with a huge seven run 3rd inning to blow the game open, highlighted by a three-run triple by Ivan Rodriguez. Mike Maroth appreciated the support but proved not to need it, as he pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits – the win improved Maroth's record to 3-2 on the year. Inge finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Rodriguez had the three RBI and scored one himself. Dmitri Young had a big game, going 3-for-5 with a run, and Rondell White also chipped in with two hits, two runs and an RBI. The Tigers continue their west coast trip on Monday, moving onto Texas to take on the Rangers. Nate Robertson faces another youngster for Texas, Chris Young. Game time is 8:05pm and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit after the entire weekend series was off the air.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 17-11, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens looked to be on the verge of another dismal offensive performance on Sunday until they broke out of their slump and posted five runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Louisville 6-2 in the final game of their four-game series. A two-run homer in the second by A.J. Zapp gave the Bats the lead, a lead they wouldn't give up until the eighth. A solo shot by Gookie Dawkins in the third cut the lead to one. Toledo was able to play small-ball in the eighth scoring all five runs on singles with the help of a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk. Jack Hannahan was 2-4 including two RBI in the eighth. Vic Darensbourg got his first win of the season after pitching the top half of the eighth and not allowing a hit. Starter Sean Douglass only lasted two innings, and gave up the only Bat runs on the homer by Zapp. Toledo travels to Syracuse on Monday for the start of an eight game road trip. First pitch on Monday is at 6:30 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 19-11, 1st in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves' sweet 5-1 victory left a sour taste in the Binghamton Mets' mouths in the final game of their series. The all-star plays started with DH Kurt Airoso's double that sent LF Michael Woods home in the 1st. Woods powered his batting average up to .250, hitting 4 of 4 throughout the game. RF David Espinosa smacked a single in the 2nd inning to drive in the 2nd run. A 5th inning explosion came with the bases loaded and 3B Chris Maples at bat. Maples doubled to drive his three teammates home. Starting Pitcher Nate Cornejo (2-3) pitched an impressive game by striking out 9 Mets players during his 6-inning run. Cornejo's stamina helped give him the win and lower his ERA to 3.10. Relief pitchers Mike Bumatay and Lee Rodney held off the Mets for the remainder of the game. Monday night the SeaWolves take on the Akron Aeros at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 23-7, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Mets 6-2 behind another strong performance from first round draft pick Justin Verlander. Verlander allowed one run on four hits during his six innings on the mound. He issued six walks and struck out seven. Verlander (4-1) has won four in a row since losing in his first start for Lakeland on opening day. Garth McKinney hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Tigers up 3-1. McKinney's two-run shot was his second home run in as many days. Juan Francia went three for five with two RBI. Brent Clevlen was two for four with a double and one RBI. Lakeland is on an eight-game winning streak. Thus far, the Tigers are perfect in the month of May. Lakeland and St. Lucie wrap up their series tomorrow in St. Lucie, 7pm. The Tigers will be going for the sweep.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 13-17, 5th in East division
The Whitecaps lost their 4th straight game en route to losing their third straight against South Bend, falling 6-1. Andrew Kown took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) in his five innings of work. Matt Righter came on in relief and held South Bend in check, but the damage had already been done. West Michigan couldn't get much going offensively, managing just one run. One bright spot was Steve Young, who snapped out of his month long slump with a pair of hits and the team's lone run. DH Wilkin Ramirez drove him in. West Michigan will look to get back on the winning side in the series finale against South Bend at 6:35pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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