Detroit Tigers - 15-16, 3rd in AL Central
It took more than a month, including numerous starts, but Nate Robertson finally took matters into his own hands, not allowing a single run to cross the plate over his eight innings of work. Chris Young also pitched eight shutout innings however, leaving it in doubt whether Robertson would be able to get a win, even after such an excellent outing. But the Rangers elected to remove Young after the 8th inning, just 96 pitches in, and brought in Francisco Cordero. Craig Monroe's triple in the top of the 9th scored Dmitri Young all the way from first base after the ball to the right centerfield gap reached the wall. Carlos Pena then singled in Monroe, giving the club the 2-0 cushion. Manager Alan Trammell then made the strange decision to lift Nate Robertson only to bring in another lefty Jamie Walker, who gave up a single. Ugueth Urbina then came on and despite the threat after a one-out walk, Urbina converted the save for his 2nd of the year. Nook Logan also had a strong game at the top of the lineup, going 3-for-4. Back to one game under .500, Jason Johnson faces another inconsistent foe, Chan Ho Park, at 8:05pm on Tuesday night.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 18-11, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens started their eight-game road trip off on the right foot on Monday with a 7-2 win over the Sky Chiefs in Syracuse. Taking a break from their recent trend of scoring runs on singles, the Hens got home runs from Mike Hessman, Ryan Raburn, and Gookie Dawkins which accounted for five of the Toledo runs. Toledo's starter Andrew Good only lasted four and one-third innings and allowed the only two Chief runs on seven hits. Good's ERA is now 4.70 on the season. Doug Creek came in to replace Good and pitched two and two-thirds innings of shutout, hitless baseball and earned the win, his first of the season. Curtis Granderson also had a noteworthy day at the plate going 2-4 with a double and a triple as well as a walk. Granderson also scored two of the Hen runs. Chris Shelton drove in his twenty-second run of the year on a sacrifice fly. The Hens and Chiefs get back on the field on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the second game of their four-game series.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 19-12, 2nd in Southern division
The Akron Aeros stomped all over their welcome mat - and the SeaWolves - as they won 8-3 in game one of their 4-game series. Akron led in the 2nd inning 2-0. The SeaWolves' 1B Chris Maples replied with a home run to tie the game 2-2. By the 5th inning – Erie trailed by one until 3B Don Kelly doubled to drive in the tying run. Kelly's batting average is now .340. That was the closest Erie came to winning. There was trouble in pitching land with losing pitcher Rob Henkel (5-2), who gave up 6 runs (earned) including 3 home runs, in his 6 innings of work. Adam Peterson relieved Henkel in the 7th and gave up 3 additional runs. Corey Hamman replaced Peterson in the 8th and gave up the last run. Mark Johnson finished the game. The SeaWolves take on Akron in game two of the series Tuesday night at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 24-7, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers continue their winning ways in the month of May. Lakeland won its ninth straight with a 5-3 victory over St. Lucie. The Tigers (24-7) currently hold the best record in the Florida State League and are three games ahead of Ft. Myers in their division. Eulogio DeLa Cruz pitched the first three innings, giving up one run on two hits. Brian Hensen came on in the fourth with the game tied 1-1 and held the Mets scoreless for two and two-thirds innings. The Tigers scored the go-ahead run in the fifth, and added to their lead with one-run innings in the sixth, seventh, and eighth. Garth McKinney hit his fifth home run of the year in the seventh. McKinney has hit a home run in each of the last three games. He finished one for four with a run and a RBI. Eric Rodland went two for four with a double and two RBI. Brent Clevlen was one for four with two runs scored. Chris Homer came on in the eighth and finished the game for Lakeland. The Mets hit a two-run homer against Homer in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn't enough to rally. Homer got the save and Hensen got the win. The L-Tigers have tomorrow off. They take their winning streak to Daytona on Wednesday to play the Cubs. The game starts at 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 14-17, 5th in East division
West Michigan ended their losing streak with a 4-3 win over South Bend Monday, topping the Hawks in a three-run 8th inning rally. Closer Ian Ostlund, who pitched the last two innings, recorded his first win of the season (1-2, 3.05 ERA). Randor Bierd handled the Hawks nicely, striking out eight South Bend batters in his seven innings on the mound. Shortstop Nick McIntyre led the 'Caps offense with three hits that included the leadoff single that got things started for West Michigan in the bottom of the 8th. With two hits and two RBIs, first baseman Josh Lee also had a good night. Lee's 8th inning ground-rule double sent McIntyre and second baseman Stephen Young home to tie the game. The 'Caps travel across the lake Tuesday to open a four-game series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. West Michigan will look to continue their winning ways when play gets underway at 7:35 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent