Detroit Tigers - 20-22, 3rd in AL Central
The Tigers came out seemingly not ready to play, and Javier Vasquez was really on. So no matter how well Jason Johnson pitched, it just wasn't good enough to pull out a victory, as Vasquez shut out the Tigers in the D'backs 1-0 victory. It was another unfortunate game for Johnson, who despite pitching well in almost every start this season, has just two wins to show for it. Johnson went eight innings on Sunday, giving up the one run on five hits, with six strikeouts. The lone run came via a Craig Counsell single, after Royce Clayton singled, advanced via a sacrifice bunt, then took third on a wild pitch. The Tiger offense managed just six measly hits, though Carlos Guillen's one out double put the tying run in scoring position in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, no one could bring him in, as the Tigers fell. Back at two games under .500, the Tigers head to Cooperstown tomorrow for the annual Hall of Fame game against the Boston Red Sox. The Tigers get back into real action on Tuesday, when they visit the red hot New York Yankees. Wilfredo Ledezma faces Mike Mussina at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 25-16, 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 - 24-19, 2nd in Southern division
If only baseball games were 7 innings – then the SeaWolves would have won. Unfortunately, for Erie, the 8th inning came. That's when New Britain scored 7 and overcame Erie's 9-4 lead on their way to an 11-9 victory. The SeaWolves bats were silent until the 6th and 7th inning. In the 6th, Erie ordered up two doubles and a single from DH Kurt Airoso, 1B Juan Tejeda and LF Chris Maples to give Erie their first three runs. One inning later the SeaWolves took the lead when they scored 6 runs. SS Tony Giarratano doubled in 2 runs. Then the SeaWolves loaded the bases with Tejeda coming up to bat. Tejeda delivered with a double that brought in 3 more runs. Catcher Mike Rabelo capped off the inning with an RBI single to make the score 9-4. It wasn't looking too bad for Erie's pitching either. Starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson pitched 6 strong innings, only giving up one run. Adam Peterson relieved Johnson and gave up 3 more. The SeaWolves' chances of a win took a slide in the 8th with reliever Corey Hamman on the mound. Hamman gave up 4 runs. John Birtwell relived him mid- inning, only to give up a 3-run homer that made Birtwell the losing pitcher and New Britain the series champ. The SeaWolves travel to play Akron Monday at 7:05 p.m. Akron holds the lead in the Eastern Division.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 29-14, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Cardinals 5-2. Nathan Bumstead (6-1) suffered his first defeat of the season. Bumstead pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out eight. He gave up two runs in the first but held the Cardinals scoreless for the next four innings. Once again, Lakeland could not get any runs on the board to support their pitching. The L-Tigers scored a total of eight runs in their four games against the Cardinals. Lakeland had their chances in this one. In the top of the first, the L-Tigers failed to score a run after having the bases loaded. Down 2-0 in the sixth, they had a chance to get back in it with the bases loaded and two outs, but Lakeland couldn't get a run. They left twelve men on base in the game. In the seventh, Juan Gonzalez made it to third with one out and couldn't get across the plate. Scott Tousa hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the eighth. Lakeland finally got on the board in the ninth when Jason Knoedler hit a two-run double, but it was too little too late. Lakeland has given some ground back to Dunedin, who have won three straight and are now two and half games back in the division. The L-Tigers begin a four-game series at home against Brevard tomorrow, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 19-24, 5th in East division
Cedar Rapids shut down West Michigan Sunday 13-7, sweeping the series 4-0. In what is becoming a frustrating pattern, the 'Caps lineup had the hits but couldn't deliver enough runs to top the Kernels. Eight men were left on base, four in scoring position with two out. Third baseman Wilkin Ramirez made contributions to his statistics in both the home run and error columns. Ramirez sent a solo homer to right field in the top of the 9th to bring his season total to four HRs. On the down side, a throwing error in the bottom of the 4th gives Ramirez 14 for the year. Second baseman Stephen Young led the 'Caps in RBIs with three. Starter Dallas Trahern stayed in for five tough innings that resulted in eight hits and eight runs (seven earned) for Cedar Rapids. Trahern recorded the loss (1-5, 3.91 ERA). West Michigan returns home Monday to open a four-game series with Dayton. Game time Monday is 6:35 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent