Detroit Tigers - 17-19, 3rd in AL Central
Poor pitching and bad defense combined for a rough day at the park on Sunday afternoon as the Tigers dropped the series finale to the Los Angeles Angels 9-3. Nate Robertson took the loss, giving up six runs (though just one earned) in three innings before being pulled. Matt Ginter came in to try and stop the bleeding, but still gave up three more runs over five innings. Offensively, the Tigers got 10 hits, but weren't able to convert enough of those hits into runs as the Tigers left six runs in scoring position. Brandon Inge went 2-for-4 with a run, while Craig Monroe went 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI and three walks. Back at two games under .500, the Tigers will take Monday off before hosting Tampa Bay for a three game series. Jason Johnson will face Casey Fossum at 7:05pm at Comerica Park on Tuesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 22-13, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens planned on playing eight games on their most recent road trip, but the journey has provided much more than just nine innings a night. For the third time on the current road trip the Hens went into extra innings, and pulled out an eleventh inning victory 6-4 over Pawtucket. Toledo once again relied on late-inning heroics to tie the game with runs in the seventh and ninth innings. The run in the ninth was courtesy of a solo home run by Alexis Gomez who was 2-5 in the game. Dewayne Wise, one game removed from hitting for the cycle, came up a home run short of repeating the feat, but finished the game 3-4 with two RBI. Starter Nelson Cruz allowed four runs in four and two-thirds innings, but Vic Darensbourg got the win after pitching one scoreless inning. Jason Karnuth earned his sixth save of the season by closing out the game in the bottom of the eleventh. The Hens outhit the Red Sox 12-10, but committed one error, compared to none for the Sox. The Hens are in Pawtucket for one more day to play the Sox at 7:05 p.m. on Monday before returning home for an eight-game homestand.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 23-14, 1st in Southern division
Instead of cutting the tension with a knife – the Erie SeaWolves cut it with a 2-1 win over the Reading Phillies. Zeroes filled the scoreboard until the 6th inning when 1B Juan Tejeda singled in Erie's first run. Reading matched that in the bottom of the 6th to make the score 1-1. The game remained tied until the 11th inning when SeaWolves' SS Tony Giarratano stepped to the plate. With runners on 1st and 2nd and 2 outs, Giarratano singled in the winning run. A round of applause goes to the SeaWolves' pitching crew. Starting pitcher Joel Zumaya pitched 7 strong innings with 8 strikeouts. Reliever Lee Rodney (2-0) held down the fort, and claimed the win, in his 3 innings of scoreless work and Edwin Almonte came in the 11th to save the game. This game marks Almonte's 13th save. Southern Division Leader Erie hosts northern division leader Portland Monday at 6:35 p.m.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 27-9, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Dodgers by the score of 2-0. The two teams were locked in a scoreless game going into the ninth. The Dodgers scored two runs in the top of the ninth and went on to win the game. The L-Tigers couldn't get any offense going. Lakeland's lineup managed only four hits and combined for a total of twelve strikeouts in the game. Lakeland stayed close thanks to some great work from its pitching staff. Starting pitcher Eulogio DeLa Cruz went five innings, giving up no runs, three hits, four walks, and striking out three. Brain Hensen came on in relief in the sixth, but pitched only two outs before Andy Baldwin took over for him. Baldwin pitched through the seventh. Danny Zell took over at the start of the eighth. Zell got out of the eighth one-two-three, but gave up a single in the ninth that got Lakeland's bullpen started again. With a runner on first and one out, Mike Kobow came into the game to try and hold the Dodgers from scoring. Kobow walked the winning run to second and then gave up a one-run double and a RBI single that allowed Vero Beach to get ahead 2-0. The winning run was charged to Zell (1-2), who lost for the second time this season. Lakeland will look to bounce back against Vero Beach tomorrow. The teams play the second game of their four-game series at Marchant Stadium, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 18-19, 4th in East division
A trio of West Michigan pitchers held the Fort Wayne Wizards in check Sunday, allowing only four hits and one run in a Whitecaps 6-1 victory. West Michigan leads this series 2-0. Jair Jurrjens (win; 4-0, 1.54 ERA), Ian Ostlund, and Collin Mahoney took down six Wizards on strikes and put the Whitecaps offense in prime position. For the second game in a row, the 'Caps lineup racked up 12 hits. Third baseman Wilkin Ramirez led the 'Caps sluggers with four hits and three runs. Ramirez helped himself to two stolen bases, bringing his season total to 10. On the RBI front, shortstop Brent Dlugach had half of the team's six -- he scored Ramirez in the 2nd and and sent both Ramirez and left fielder Jeffrey Frazier home in the 8th. West Michigan will look to increase their series lead when they meet the Wizards at 6:35 p.m. Monday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent