Detroit Tigers - 17-19, 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers get back underway Tuesday evening when they host the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for a three game series. The opener will see Casey Fossum take on Jason Johnson at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 23-14, 2nd in West division
Just a day after jumping out into the lead in the West division, as well as the entire International League, a 4-3 loss to Pawtucket dropped them back to 2nd in the division. The offense gave the team a lead, but the bullpen wasn't able to hold the lead, as Craig Dingman blew a slim one-run lead in the 9th, and then Mark Woodyard gave up a run in the 10th to take the first loss. Jason Grilli gave the team a strong start, pitching six innings with two runs allowed. Chris Shelton blasted his 8th home run of the year, a solo shot in the first inning. Shelton scored two of the runs, and Curtis Granderson scored the other. The ‘Hens face the Red Sox again on Tuesday in Pawtucket at 7:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 23-15, 2nd in Southern division
It was a dog eat dog world when the Portland Sea Dogs nipped the Erie Sea Wolves 5-4 in game one of their 3-game series. All was quiet on the SeaWolves' front until the 7th inning when Erie scored all 4 of its runs. LF Michael Woods kicked things off with a home run. RF David Espinosa followed later in the inning with a 2-run single that brought Erie to a 3-3 tie. SS Tony Giarratano temporarily broke the tie with a double that brought in Erie's 4th and final run. Erie had the lead 4-3 until the 9th inning when relief pitcher Mike Bumatay gave up a 2-run homer that gave the Sea Dogs the win. SeaWolves starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson gave up 3 runs during his 5 innings of pitching. Game two of the series starts Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 27-10, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Dodgers 11-4. Vero Beach made short work of Lakeland's starter Virgil Vasquez. Vasquez (4-1) got the loss for Lakeland, his first of the season. Vasquez allowed a home run in each of the three innings he started. He left the game after two and third innings having given up seven runs on eight hits. Vero Beach jumped ahead early with a two-run homer in the first. Brent Clevlen hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead in half, but the Dodgers hit another two-run homer the next inning to begin pulling ahead steadily from there. Vasquez gave up a leadoff home run in the third and allowed another two runs before Andy Baldwin came on to relieve him. The L-Tigers made two fielding errors in the fourth that led to two more runs for the Dodgers. The score was 9-1 at the end of four. Lakeland scored a run in the fifth on a RBI single by Clevlen and scored two more in the sixth on Russ Cleveland's two-run triple, but it wasn't enough. Vero Beach tacked on two more in the eighth against late reliever Danny Zell. Brent Clevlen went two for two with the home run, two RBI, and two walks. Russ Cleveland's homer in the sixth was his only hit of the game. He finished one for four. Garth McKinney was two for four with a run scored. This series is a match up of the two current division leaders. The L-Tigers (27-10) lead the West, while the Dodgers (22-16) are ahead in the East division. Lakeland has lost the first two games of this four-game series. They play again tomorrow in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 18-20, 4th in East division
The Fort Wayne Wizards stunned the Whitecaps Monday, topping West Michigan 8-0. After a total of twelve hits per game in their last two efforts, the 'Caps lineup produced only four singles. For the defense, wild pitches from Dallas Trahern and Jay Sborz together with throwing (2) and fielding (2) errors created an ideal situtation for the Wizards to advance runners and score. Trahern, a young pitcher who was drafted out of high school in 2004, recorded the loss (1-4 2.91 ERA). The Whitecaps meet the Wizards for the final game of this series Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. West Michigan leads the series 2-1.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent