11th Inning Surge Provides Victory (5/21 Recaps)

The Tigers and Diamondbacks decided nine innings just wasn't enough, and the offense only felt it necessary to put runs up when Arizona did. But all that matters in the end is the final scoreboard, and Marcus Thames took care of that with a drive to center that scored the winning run for Detroit.

Detroit Tigers - 20-21, 3rd in AL Central
Nate Robertson and Shawn Estes matched up on Saturday evening, with both pitchers giving their best to keep the opposition off the board. Robertson finally allowed a run in the 7th, and then was removed from the game, giving up that one run on just four hits over 6 2/3 innings. The Tigers' offense answered though in the bottom half of the inning with a run over their own to tie the score back up at one via a Carlos Guillen single. The two teams then stayed scoreless all the way until the 11th inning, when the Diamondbacks got a run after a Chad Tracy triple led off the inning. But the Tigers stormed back in the bottom half, putting up two runs to take the win from the Diamondbacks. It was capped off by a Marcus Thames drive to centerfield that scored Rondell White, who earlier in the inning drove in Ivan Rodriguez with a double to right. Back at a game under .500, the Tigers will try and take the series from the D'Backs on Sunday afternoon, when Jason Johnson faces Javier Vasquez at at 1:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 25-16, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens couldn't extend their three-game winning streak on Saturday, and dropped their 16th game of the season to the Rochester Redwings, 6-4. Both teams started the game hot, and ended the game with stellar offensive production, but it was the Redwings who were able to plate one run in between, in the sixth inning, that made the difference. Jason Grilli assumed the loss after pitching six innings and allowing four earned runs on 11 hits. Grilli's record now drops to 2-3. Mike Hessman jacked his tenth home run of the season in the eighth inning that almost allowed the Hens to come back. Hessman was one of three Hens with two hits on the evening. The Hens do however remain in first place in the IL West because of Indianapolis' loss to Durham. Toledo gets back to early games tomorrow when the first pitch against the Redwings is thrown out at 2 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 24-18, 2nd in Southern division
It was a rocking good time for New Britain, not so much for Erie as the lost 5-2 in game two of their 3-game series. Erie's two runs came off 2B Chris Maples' RBI double in the 2nd and 3B Don Kelly's RBI single in the 3rd. The SeaWolves' starting pitcher Joel Zumaya struck out 10 Rock Cats and also gave up 2 homers. Relief pitcher Corey Hamman held down the fort when he relieved Zumaya in the 7th. When the 9th inning arrived – Erie and New Britain were tied 2-2 with SeaWolves relief pitcher Edwin Almonte on the mound. The Rock Cats broke that tie when they scored three and handed Almonte the loss, making his record 1-1. Currently, the teams are tied in the series. The tie-breaker starts Sunday afternoon at 1:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 29-13, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Cardinals 4-3. Lakeland needed a victory to get them back on the right track. The L-Tigers have been struggling as of late. They lost the first two games of this series and have only two victories in their last seven games. Pitcher Preston Larrison, a new addition to Lakeland's roster coming off an injury last season, started his first game for the L-Tigers. Larrison was a bit shaky in his first start. He lasted three and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. The L-Tigers were held scoreless for the first three innings but tied it up for Larrison, scoring three runs in the fourth to make it 3-3. Larrison came out in the bottom of the fourth after he hit a batter to put runners on first and second with two outs. Danny Zell came in and got Lakeland out of the inning without giving up the lead. Zell came out after allowing a runner on and recording one out in the fifth. Jeremy Rodriguez came in and pitched two and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit, no runs. Lakeland took the lead in the seventh when Kelly Hunt hit a RBI double to score Vincent Blue and put the L-Tigers up 4-3. Rodriguez (1-0) got his first win of the season. Chris Homer held the Cardinals hitless for the last two innings and got his twelfth save of the year. Derek Nicholson went three for five with a run scored. Kelly Hunt finished one for five with a double and a RBI. The L-Tigers and Cardinals play the fourth and final game of the series tomorrow in Palm Beach, 1pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 19-23, 4th in East division
The 'Caps came up short again Saturday, losing 4-1 to Cedar Rapids. The series now stands 3-0 Kernels. Shortstop Nick McIntyre scored the lone West Michigan run in the top of the 8th. McIntyre doubled, advanced to 3rd on a ground out by third baseman Wilkin Ramirez, then crossed the plate on another ground out by DH Brent Dlugach. McIntyre's double was the biggest hit of the night for the 'Caps. The Cedar Rapids runs came in the 6th and the 8th, two per inning under very different but fruitful circumstances. Daniel Konecny (L, 1-3, 2.81) fed a Kernels rally in the 6th, giving up a double, single, double combination that resulted in two runs. In the 8th, Jay Sborz put runners on base with two walks (one intentional), then gave up a single that filled the bases. Hitting the next batter with a pitch, Sborz scored one for the Kernels who followed that run with a second on a sacrifice fly. West Michigan has one more chance to put a game in the win column when the teams meet Sunday at 3:00 to close out this series.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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