Detroit Tigers - 16-17, 3rd in AL Central
Turns out, the Tigers weren't back in action after all, as Mother Nature kept the Tigers from getting in the series opener with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The Tigers will try and make it up in a day night doubleheader on Saturday, with Jeremy Bonderman still facing Bartolo Colon in the first game, and Mike Maroth starting in the second. First game is still scheduled for 1:05pm, but weather could inhibit that once again.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 20-13, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens offense came alive as they put up 13 runs to top Pawtucket 13-4 on Friday night. Sean Douglass got the win, pitching the necessary five innings, giving up all four Pawtucket runs. The recently promoted Matt Roney then came on in relief, pitching the final four innings without a run allowed, giving up just two hits. The notables on offense were plentiful, but the damage was really done in the heart of the order, as the two through five hitters had at least two hits apiece. Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5 with four RBI, and Chris Shelton had two doubles with three RBI. The team takes on Pawtucket again on Saturday at 6:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 22-13, 1st in Southern division
Third baseman Don Kelly was double trouble for the Reading Phillies as he doubled in 2 of the SeaWolves' 6 runs to defeat the Phillies 6-4. Second Baseman Gilberto Mejia tripled in the 4th to lift Erie's score to 4-2. Erie extended their lead in the 7th with DH Kurt Airoso's double to drive in another run – making the score 5-3. RF David Espinosa sealed the win in the 9th by scoring on a fielding error. The SeaWolves' Nate Cornejo pitched a strong game, allowing 3 runs in 7 innings. SeaWolves pitcher Mike Bumatay stepped in and pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Relief pitcher Edwin Almonte gave up the last run when he entered the game in the 9th. This game brought Cornejo's record to 3-3 and lowered his ERA to 3.25. Reading and Erie's next game date is 7:05 Saturday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 26-8, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers outlasted the Daytona Cubs 5-4 in a marathon game that lasted 14 innings. The teams came in having split the first two games of their four-game series, and it seemed like neither of them was willing to give up the advantage. Neither team could score a go-ahead run until the fourteenth, when Kody Kirkland scored on a single by Garth McKinney to go up 5-4. Chris Homer came on for Andy Baldwin to pitch the bottom half of the inning. Homer got his tenth save of the season, the second in a row against the Cubs. Baldwin (1-1) got the win for the L-Tigers. Lakeland's starting pitcher Jordan Tata finished after six innings. Tata gave up four runs on eight hits, including three home runs. Lakeland relievers got a lot of action. The L-Tigers went to the bullpen six times in the game. Mike Kobow got the first two outs in the seventh. Kobow was replaced by Danny Zell who finished the seventh, pitched the eighth and two-thirds of the ninth before handing it over to Brian Rogers. Kevin McDowell came on in the tenth after Rogers gave up a leadoff single. McDowell got out of the tenth and kept Lakeland in the game with three scoreless innings. Andy Baldwin came on for the thirteenth and got the victory after Kirkland scored in the next inning. The L-Tigers were trailing 4-2 in the seventh until Brent Clevlen's two-run homer tied the game 4-4. Clevlen finished two for six with two RBI. Danilo Sanchez hit his eighth home run of the year. He finished one for four with a RBI and run scored. Scott Tousa was two for six with two runs scored. The L-Tigers now lead the series two games to one. Lakeland and Daytona play the fourth game of the series tomorrow in Daytona, 6:05pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 16-19, 4th in East division
Friday the 13th proved unlucky for the Whitecaps. West Michigan lost 8-3 to the Timber Rattlers, splitting this series with Wisconsin 2-2. The 'Caps put up nine hits but left runners on base eight times (six in scoring position with two out). Third baseman Brooks Colvin, who is currently 3rd in the team batting standings, had two big doubles to center field and one of the three 'Caps RBIs. First baseman Josh Lee and DH Jody Roughton contributed the other RBIs. Starter Andrew Kown, who spent a short time on the disabled list at the beginning of the season, is still looking to earn his first win. Kown's Friday loss brings his record to 0-3, 4.11 ERA. West Michigan returns home Saturday to face the Fort Wayne Wizards. Play gets underway at 6:35 p.m. with fireworks immediately following the game.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent