Tigers Come From Behind Against Rays (5/17 Recaps)

One minute, they look like they're finally coming around. The next, one thinks; same old Tigers. But then, just when you think it can't get any worse, they surprise you and bring home a victory when all conventional Tiger wisdom dictated that there would be another Tiger loss on the way.

Detroit Tigers - 18-19, 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers needed a two-out hit in the 9th plus extra innings, but they did, beating Tampa Bay 4-3 in 11 innings on Tuesday night. Jason Johnson gave the Tigers a solid start, giving up just two runs over eight innings of work, including allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Unfortunately through those eight innings, the Tigers could muster just two runs, and appeared headed for defeat, that is until Ivan Rodriguez's bloop single made it over the head of Tampa third baseman Alex Gonzalez, allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the 9th. After blowing a perfect opportunity in the bottom of the 10th (runners on first and third with nobody out, the Tigers weren't able to get a run across the plate), the Tigers made sure they wouldn't make the same mistake twice, and Rondell White came through with a shot to the left field wall that scored Brandon Inge for the game winning RBI. Franklyn German relieved Ugueth Urbina in the 11th inning and took home the win for striking out both batters he faced. Wilfredo Ledezma is slated to take on Doug Waechter on Wednesday evening at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 22-15, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens completed their eight-game road trip on Monday with a loss to Pawtucket, and didn't fare much better on at home on Tuesday when they began their eight-game homestand, losing to Syracuse 2-0. It marked only the second time that the Hens have been shutout this season, even though they out-hit the Chiefs 7-6. Starter Kenny Baugh lost his third decision and is now below .500 for the first time this season with a record of 2-3. Baugh only allowed five hits in his seven innings of work, but the two runs that the Chiefs posted in the top of the sixth were enough to tag him for the loss. Dewayne Wise was 2-4, and his hot bat over the past few games has brought his batting average up to .315. Wise and Chris Shelton will both try to extend their seven game hitting streaks tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Fifth Third Field. Toledo will send Sean Douglass to the mound, who is 4-1 on the year.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 23-16, 2nd in Southern division
It came down to the final moment in the bottom of the ninth. The SeaWolves loaded the bases with two outs, but couldn't push across the tying or winning run as the SeaDogs took their second consecutive win over Erie, 5-3. Erie grabbed a 2 run lead in the first inning on an RBI double by 3B Don Kelly and a sacrifice fly by 1B Juan Tejeda. Erie then went scoreless until the ninth when Erie added another score on a single by DH Kurt Airoso. Starter Mark Johnson muzzled the SeaDogs over 5 innings of work, giving up 2 (earned) runs on 4 hits. Reliever John Birtwell (0-1) gave up one run and took the loss. The teams play again at 11:05 a.m. on Wednesday.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 28-10, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Dodgers 2-0. Nathan Bumstead is still perfect, now at 6-0 after another stellar performance. Bumstead pitched seven shutout innings, gave up one hit, five walks, and struck out nine. Brian Rogers came on and got his first save of the season. Lakeland scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the third. Eric Rodland hit a two-out double. He advanced on a single by Vincent Blue and scored on a RBI single by Brent Clevlen. The L-Tigers added another in the seventh. Kelly Hunt drew a leadoff walk. Hunt moved around the bases on singles by Eric Rodland and then Vincent Blue, who got the RBI. Eric Rodland finished two for four with a run scored. Vincent Blue went three for four with one RBI. Brent Clevlen was one for four with a RBI. These two division leaders are seeing each other for the first time this season. The Dodgers took the first two games of the series. Lakeland will try and end the series 2-2 in Lakeland tomorrow, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 19-20, 4th in East division
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls...it's the Wilkin Ramirez Show! DH Ramirez had a hand in three of the four 'Caps runs as West Michigan topped the Fort Wayne Wizards 4-3 Tuesday in 10 innings. In the 6th, Ramirez blasted a homer to center field and sent left fielder Jeffrey Frazier home for two. The Wizards tied the game in the top of the 9th and the teams headed for the 10th. With two outs and two runners on, Ramirez delivered again. His center field single scored shortstop Brooks Colvin to end this series 3-1 Whitecaps. Six 'Caps pitchers took on the Wizards, giving up nine hits and striking out eleven. Tony Peralta, who pitched the final inning, took the win (1-1). West Michigan is off Wednesday. The 'Caps meet Cedar Rapids next, beginning a four-game series in Iowa on Thursday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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