Offense Saves the Day (5/11 Recaps)

This time around, the offense wasn't going to put things off. After Tuesday night's game in which the Tigers let opportunities get away, the team (especially Nook Logan) created runs on their own, and made sure to lock up the victory, despite another scare at the end.

Detroit Tigers - 16-17, 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers finished off the road trip on a bright note, completing another series win over Texas by a slim 6-5 margin, giving them a 4-2 record over the six game road trip. Wilfredo Ledezma once again used plenty of pitches, throwing an even 100 in just five innings of work, but he gave up only three earned runs, yet still left trailing. Up to that point, the only offense had been a two run homer from Marcus Thames, his 4th of the year. But then came the 7th, and with Omar Infante at 3rd and Nook Logan on 2nd, a Kameron Loe wild pitch allowed Infante to score, then a poor throw by Sandy Alomar gave Logan the opportunity score all the way from second to tie it up. The Tigers added a pair of runs in the following innings (one in each the eighth and the ninth), to provide a 6-4 cushion. Ugueth Urbina made it interesting by allowing a solo home run to David Dellucci, but retired the rest of the side for his 3rd save. The team is off on Thursday, taking a much neeed day off. They return Friday to try and get back to .500 against the Los Angeles Angels.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 19-12, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens got the runs when they needed them on Wednesday and beat Syracuse 4-3 in extra innings. The Hens trailed going into the top of the ninth but managed to plate one run, enough to tie the game, and solid defense in the bottom half sent the game to extra innings. In the top of the eleventh the Hens scored just enough again, to win the game by just one run. John Ennis got his first win of the season after pitching two solid innings, and Vic Darrensbourg got his second save of the season, closing out the game in the bottom of the eleventh. Alexis Gomez went 3-5 improving his season batting average to .300. Chris Shelton had a homerun in the first inning, his sixth of the season. Brandon Hooper also went 3-4 with an RBI. The two teams complete the series Thursday in Syracuse.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 20-13, 2nd in Southern division
The old story of the tortoise and the hare rang true tonight as the SeaWolves overcame a 5-0 Akron Aeros lead in the bottom of the 8th to win the game 7-6. The Aeros dominated the beginning of the game as they scored 4 runs off starting pitcher Mark Johnson, 2 being home runs. Reliever Lee Rodney silenced Akron until the 8th, when Akron hit another home run. At the bottom of the 8th the Aeros lead 5-0. That's when the SeaWolves decided to show Akron who's boss. 1B Chris Maples kicked off the bottom of the 8th with a home run – his 4th of the season. Following Maples were RBI hits from CF Victor Mendez and SS Tony Giarratano. Then came DH Kurt Airoso. With two men on base – Airoso hit his 6th homer of the season to bring the SeaWolves up 6-5. Suspense filled the top of the 9th with reliever Edwin Almonte on the mound as he gave up one run that tied the game 6-6. Then came the bottom of the 9th. Erie loaded the bases. With the game on the line – the SeaWolves fate rested in the hands of Giarratano who singled in the winning run. Almonte (1-0) was the winning pitcher. 11:05 a.m. Thursday is the final game of this series between the SeaWolves and the Aeros.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 24-8, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to Daytona 4-2. Lakeland was six outs away from extending their winning streak to 10 when a blown save in the eighth inning cost the Tigers the game and Virgil Vasquez the win. Vasquez pitched seven shutout innings before giving the ball up. Brian Rogers started the eighth with a 2-0 lead. Rogers walked the first two batters he faced and was replaced by Kevin McDowell with two men on and no outs. The Cubs loaded the bases on a fielders choice and in the next at-bat Daytona centerfielder Christopher Walker hit a grand slam that put the Cubs up 4-2. McDowell (BS-2, L 0-1) was charged with the loss and a blown save. Vasquez pitched seven strong innings. He gave up four hits, no walks and struck out nine. The Tigers were not able to provide Vasquez with any run support until the seventh when Derek Nicholson scored on a sac fly by Garth McKinney that put Lakeland up 1-0. Juan Francia scored on a single by Russ Cleveland in the top of the eighth before the game dissolved in the bottom of the inning. Lakeland and Dayton play the second game of the series in Daytona tomorrow, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 15-18, 4th in East division
Wednesday was a tough day for the Whitecaps -- a tough day with little to show for it. West Michigan managed only two hits and one run in their 4-1 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The series stands at one game apiece. Perhaps it was the unseasonably cold weather that stopped the 'Caps lineup from doing much more than strike/ground/fly out inning after inning. The two 'Caps hits belonged to right fielder Luis Sabino and catcher Dusty Ryan. Second baseman Brooks Colvin scored the lone run on a comedy of Rattler errors in the top of the 1st. Starter Dallas Trahern had five strike outs, walked four Wisconsin batters and gave up three runs (two earned). Trahern took the loss, his third of the season (1-3, 2.61 ERA). West Michigan will have another go at the Timber Rattlers Thursday. Game time is 7:35 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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