Bullpen, Defense at Fault Again (5/20 Recaps)

After a shaky start by Jeremy Bonderman, he settled down and was his usual self. Unfortunately, his opponent, Brandon Webb, was at the top of his game, taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning. And just when the Tigers' offense was finally able to get to Webb, the bullpen turned around and gave the game right back.

Detroit Tigers - 19-21, 3rd in AL Central
After having his start skipped due to ‘dead arm', Jeremy Bonderman came out, only he didn't have his best stuff to start out, giving up a pair of runs in the first inning and coming out shaky again in the second before settling down. Brandon Webb on the other hand was spectacular, not allowing a Tiger hit until the 7th inning, when the Tigers were able to put together a couple singles and a lucky bounce of Troy Glaus' glove to tie the game up at 2 apiece with Rondell White's double down the third base line. But Jamie Walker, in his second inning of work, allowed a man on base, then Franklyn German allowed another, then Carlos Pena booted a bunt attempt which loaded the bases with nobody out. A pair of runs would come in then, and then they'd add two more just to add insult to injury as the D'Backs won the opener 6-2. White drove in both Tiger runs, while Ivan Rodriguez and Carlos Guillen each had two hits and scored the two Tiger runs. The Tigers will try and get back in the win column on Saturday evening, when Nate Robertson faces fellow lefty Shawn Estes at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 25-15, 1st in West division
The Hens' continued to tighten their grasp on first place in the division with a 5-0 shutout of the Syracuse SkyChiefs. Nelson Cruz pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits with no walks and nine strikeouts to get the win, his fourth of the year. Matt Roney and Mark Woodyard each pitched a perfect inning of relief, with Roney striking out the side in the eighth. The offense wasn't dominating, getting their five runs on just five hits, but the five runs were plenty of cushion. Curtis Granderson went 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Ryan Raburn went 1-for-2, including his sixth home run of the year. He drove in three of Toledo's five runs. Toledo now hosts Rochester on Saturday at 7pm, with Jason Grilli getting the start for Toledo.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 24-17, 2nd in Southern division
A day of rest does a SeaWolf good – especially when the ‘Wolves won 10-3 against the New Britain Rock Cats. The scoring started in the 3rd when Erie's DH Kurt Airoso's single pushed across the first run. Moving on to the 5th – SS Tony Giarratano bumped Erie's score up by one with an RBI triple. Giarratano then scored off a double by Airoso. 1B Juan Tejeda's double drove in two more runs in the inning. In the 7th – New Britain made the mistake of switching pitchers and the SeaWolves attacked. Right off the bat was LF Chris Maples who doubled in two runs. With two men on base, C Max St. Pierre hit a homer to bring in three more runs. The SeaWolves pitching sizzled with starter Randor Bierd's debut. Bierd, the winning pitcher, gave up two runs (one earned) in 6 innings. Game two of the series starts Saturday night at 6:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 28-13, 1st in West division
Lakeland lost another one to the Cardinals by the score of 5-2. Eulogio DeLa Cruz started on the mound for the L-Tigers. He went five innings and gave up one run on a solo home run in the fourth. DeLa Cruz allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out four. The L-Tigers took a lead in the fifth after Eric Rodland and Kody Kirkland hit back-to-back doubles to start the inning. Rodland scored on Kirkland's double and Danilo Sanchez drove Kirkland home with a RBI single. DeLa Cruz pitched the bottom of the fifth and gave it over to the bullpen at the start of the sixth with a 2-1 lead. Kevin McDowell came on for DeLa Cruz. He pitched the sixth and started the seventh, but after giving up a leadoff single and a walk, McDowell came out and Brian Rogers took over. Rogers walked the bases full and allowed the tying run to come across when he hit the next batter. McDowell issued another walk with the bases loaded and the Cardinals took a 3-2 lead. Palm Beach scored two more runs and the seventh ended with the Cardinals ahead 5-2. Kevin McDowell was charged with two runs and the loss for Lakeland. Brian Rogers has his first blown save of the year. Eric Rodland finished one for four with the double and run scored. Kody Kirkland went two for four with a RBI and run scored. The L-Tigers have lost the first two games of this four-game series against the Cardinals. They play again tomorrow in Palm Beach, 6:05pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 19-22, 4th in East division
The 'Caps matched the Cedar Rapids Kernels hit for hit Friday, but came up short on the scoreboard. West Michigan lost 6-4. The 'Caps were scoreless through eight innings until they rallied in the top of the 9th. Right fielder Luis Sabino walked, went to 3rd on a line drive single by first baseman Jody Roughton, and scored on a big double from catcher Andrew Graham. Roughton, who went to 3rd on the Graham double, scored on a ground out (Graham to third). Center fielder Justin Justice stepped up next, blasting a line drive triple to center field. Graham scored, followed by Justice who crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Shortstop Brooks Colvin popped out to end the rally and the game. Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens recorded his first loss of the season (4-1) -- five of the six Kernels runs were scored on his watch. West Michigan now trails Cedar Rapids 0-2 in this series. The 'Caps take on the Kernels in game three Saturday. Play gets underway at 1:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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