Detroit Tigers - 15-17, 3rd in AL Central
Jason Johnson had a mediocre game, though in the end the team was still in the game with an opportunity to take the lead, and it just didn't happen. After giving up four runs in the first three innings, Johnson settled down, and then got the benefit of four runs from the offense to tie the score at four in the top of the sixth inning. But the tie didn't last long, as Gary Matthews, Jr. launched a home run just an inning later to get the lead back, 5-4. The Tigers had a chance to tie it back up and possibly even take the lead in the 8th when they got runners on second and third base with just one out, but Brandon Inge struck out looking and Ivan Rodriguez flied out to end the threat, and the game ended as is, 5-4. Omar Infante and Logan helped pace the offense, with Infante going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Logan adding three more hits (yet again tying a career high). Carlos Guillen, Rondell White and Brandon Inge also had two hits apiece. After splitting the first two games, the two teams play the rubber match Wednesday at 2:05pm when Wilfredo Ledezma will try and get back on the winning side of things when he faces Pedro Astacio.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 18-12, 2nd in West division
After posting a win and recording their best record of the year on Monday, the Hens were slowed down and dropped by the Sky Chiefs on Tuesday by a score of 8-3. The loss drops the Hens to 18-12 on the year and puts them one half game behind Indianapolis for first place in the IL West. The Chiefs scored early, posting five runs in the first three innings, which was enough to cement the victory for Syracuse. Nelson Cruz dropped to 3-2 for the year after pitching six and a third innings allowing five runs on six hits. Mike Hessman's bat continued to be hot as he was the bright spot in the Hens' lineup, going 2-4 with two solo homeruns. Brandon Harper also went 2-4 at the plate. The Hens left six runners on base, while Syracuse stranded only two. Jason Grilli will take the hill on Wednesday for the Hens in Syracuse for the third game of the series.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 19-13, 2nd in Southern division
It wasn't exactly a pitcher's paradise as the Akron Aeros defeated the SeaWolves 12-8 in game two of their series. Starting pitcher Joel Zumaya (2-3) gave up 10 of the 12 runs (7 earned) during his 4 1/3 innings on the mound and took the loss. Adam Peterson relieved in the 8th and gave up 2 home runs in 2 innings of pitching. Akron had 4 home runs in the game with 2B Jose Morban and LF Jason Cooper each hitting a pair. The SeaWolves tried their best to stay afloat – with help from 1B Chris Maples' homerun in the 2nd and DH Kurt Airoso's homer in the 4th. Erie briefly lead in the 3rd on RBI hits by LF Michael Woods, C Max St. Pierre and 2B Gilberto Mejia. Also driving in runs later in the game were 3B Don Kelly, CF Victor Mendez and SS Tony Giarratano. These were not enough to overtake Akron. The SeaWolves' next meeting with Akron is Wednesday at 11:05 a.m.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 24-7, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers were off on Tuesday, but get back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Daytona to kick off a four game set. First pitch on Wednesday is set for 7:05pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 15-17, 4th in East division
Now that's more like it! The Whitecaps lead their current series 1-0 after topping the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Tuesday 5-4. West Michigan wasted no time getting runs up on the board. Leading off in the first, second baseman Brooks Colvin singled on a drive to right field. Third baseman Wilkin Ramirez then took charge at the plate, sending a homer to center field: 2-0 'Caps. Ramirez delivered again in the third inning when he singled, stole second, advanced to third on a Rattler error, and crossed home plate on a right field double by shortstop Brent Dlugach. DH Jody Roughton then singled to send Dlugach home. For the final West Michigan run, it was a Ramirez 3rd inning encore -- stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a Dlugach single. Winning pitcher Jair Jurrjens took down six Rattlers on strikes. Collin Mahoney closed the game with a save, his 7th of the season. The 'Caps meet the Rattlers Wednesday at 11:35 a.m.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor