Detroit Tigers - 16-17, 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers got Thursday off, but will be back in action on Friday evening when they return home to host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05pm. In a rematch of last weekend's battle, Jeremy Bonderman faces Bartolo Colon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 19-13, 2nd in West division
The Hens and Chiefs went to eleventh inning for the second game in a row on Thursday, but this time, the frame was not as kind to Toledo, and they lost the game 4-3. Joe Despatino laced a single to centerfield with one out in the bottom of the eleventh scoring John Ford-Griffin from second, who narrowly beat the throw by Curtis Granderson. The winning run was set up by a lead off single by the Chiefs, followed by a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk before the final at-bat of the game. Chris Shelton and Mike Hessman hit their seventh and ninth home runs of the season respectively, which accounted for the two Hen RBI in the game. Jason Karnuth gave up the run in the bottom of the last inning, assuming the loss and falling to 2-1 on the season. Kenny Baugh made the start for Toledo, going six innings, but allowing the first three Syracuse runs, while striking out six Chiefs. The win for the Chiefs splits the four-game series. The Hens now travel to Pawtucket to start a four-game series beginning at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 21-13, 1st in Southern division
Akron said goodbye to Erie and hello to second place as the SeaWolves rallied late in a 4-1 victory Thursday night. The win moved Erie into first place in the Southern Division of the Eastern League, ahead of Akron. Erie staked Akron to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Erie then tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by SS Tony Giarratano. Then came the decisive seventh, when the SeaWolves broke through for 3 runs. The first came on a bases loaded single by LF Michael Woods. Next, with the bases still loaded, 1B Christopher Maples drew a walk to put Erie up 3-1. A bases loaded wild pitch by Akron pitcher Travis Foley let DH Kurt Airoso cross the plate with Erie's final run. Starter Mike Bynum (3-0, 2.40 ERA) took the win, giving up only 4 hits and 1 (earned) run over 7 innings, while striking out 7. Erie checks into Reading Friday night for a 7:05 game.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 25-8, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers came back from a three-run deficit and scored four runs in the last two innings to beat the Cubs 5-4. Daytona was leading 4-1 in the eighth when Kody Kirkland hit a two-run triple to close the gap to one. In the top of the ninth, the L-Tigers capitalized on two throwing errors by the Cubs infield and one wild pitch from reliever Thomas Atlee to score two more runs and take the lead. Tigers closer Chris Homer came on for the ninth and got three straight outs to end the game. Homer picked up his ninth save of the season. Nathan Bumstead started for Lakeland. Bumstead pitched seven innings, gave up nine hits, three earned runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Mike Kobow pitched the last two-thirds of the eighth after Brian Hensen had to come out. Thanks to the four-run rally, Kobow (1-1) got his first win of the year despite recording only two outs in the game. Kody Kirkland finished two for four with the triple and two RBI. Brent Clevlen was two for four with a triple and two runs scored. The L-Tigers and Cubs have split the first two games of this four-game series. They play again in Daytona tomorrow, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 16-18, 4th in East division
It took ten innings for West Michigan to top the Timber Rattlers Thursday 4-2. Both teams had one scoring inning during regular play: the first for Wisconsin and the fifth for West Michigan. The 'Caps two fifth-inning runs were the combined effort of DH Matt Parrish's leadoff single, followed by a line drive double to right field from right fielder Luis Sabino (Parrish to 3rd), and topped off when first baseman Josh Lee doubled to send Parrish and Sabino home. In the top of the 10th, shortstop Brent Dlugach singled on a fly ball to center, scoring center fielder Justin Justice and second baseman Brooks Colvin. On the mound, one inning of work each earned Anthony Tomey (2-3) the win and Collin Mahoney (8) the save. Starter Josh Kauten pitched 7.1 innings. Kauten gave up the Rattlers' six hits and two runs. West Michigan meets Wisconsin Friday to close out this series. Play gets underway at 7:35 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent