Detroit Tigers - 19-20, 3rd in AL Central
Mike Maroth came to the ballpark expecting to just rest and relax, and get ready for his start Friday evening. But then Jeremy Bonderman came in with the dreaded ‘dead arm', and Maroth was forced to jump into action and take the ball, likely affecting his ability to give his best. It showed, as Maroth gave up six runs over six innings, including allowing a pair of home runs as the Tigers fell in the finale 6-2. Scott Kazmir on the other hand, the Rays beloved prospect, earned his first win of the season as he gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. The Tigers offense just didn't have it in gear, as Nook Logan (2-for-4 with a run) was the only Tigers with more than one hit, and the other eight batters managed just four. The Tigers will now host a three game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks, with the first game coming Friday night. Hopefully, Bonderman will overcome any problems he's having and he'll be ready to go come Friday. Assuming he is, he'll face the undefeated Brandon Webb at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 24-15, 1st in West division
Early games continued to be kind to the Hens on Thursday as Toledo beat Syracuse 6-5. The game was full of back-and-forth scoring, and the Hens were able to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to answer the four that the Chiefs put up in the top half of the same inning and hang on for the win. Andrew Good made the start for the Hens and had a solid outing, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out six. However, Mike Bynum got the win after pitching just a third of an inning and allowing one run on one hit. Jason Karnuth closed the game and earned his eighth save of the year. At the plate the Hens out-hit the Chiefs 13-7 and were led by Chris Shelton and Mike Hessman who both went 3-4. The Hens and Chiefs return to night games on Friday, with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 23-17, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves had the day off, but are back in action on Friday when they host New Britain for a three game series. The first game is at 6:35pm at the ‘Uht.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 28-12, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Cardinals 1-0. Justin Verlander (5-2) who came in having won his last four, pitched well but couldn't get any run support from his batters. Verlander went eight innings, gave up eight hits and struck out nine. He came into the game with best ERA in the league at 1.43 and despite the loss, improved on that number with this outing. Lakeland could not get their offense going against any of the three Cardinals pitchers they faced. The L-Tigers scattered five hits throughout the game. The closest they got to home plate was in the first inning when Juan Francia reached third with two outs. The L-Tigers play the Cardinals again tomorrow in Palm Beach, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 19-21, 4th in East division
West Michigan had a tough night in Iowa Thursday, losing 3-0 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The 'Caps offense connected with the ball, but in most cases those connections resulted in pop or ground outs. West Michigan had only three hits -- one each from third baseman Wilkin Ramirez, DH Matt Parrish, and second baseman Stephen Young. For their winning effort, the Cedar Rapids offense really didn't fare much better. The Kernels 11 hits resulted in only three runs, two from a 3rd inning homer off 'Caps starter Andrew Kown. The 'Caps defense held the Kernels in check, leaving eight Cedar Rapids runners on base. Kown, who recorded the loss (0-4), took down six Kernels on strikes, four looking and two swinging. Jay Sborz came on in relief for the bottom of the 8th, giving up three hits and striking out two. West Michigan will look to tie the series when the teams meet again Friday at 1:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent