Yanks Blow Out Tigers (5/24 Recaps)

The Tigers must have been confused on Tuesday night having come from the Baseball Hall of Fame, and mistakenly assumed all the statues and plaques in centerfield of Yankee Stadium were still a part of that. The reason being that the Tigers didn't come to play, and the Yankees made them look like the minor leaguers they had playing with them on Monday in Cooperstown.

Detroit Tigers - 20-23, 3rd in AL Central
It was a game everyone would simply rather not remember. The Tigers started out strong, but the fourth and fifth innings proved to be the death of them, as they followed up four runs allowed in the fourth with six more in the fifth. Matt Ginter relieved Wilfredo Ledezma (who gave up seven runs in four-plus innings), but wasn't able to record an out and gave up four runs of his own. Alex Rodriguez especially hurt the Tigers with a pair of home runs. Offensively, the Tigers couldn't manage anything on Mike Mussina, only adding a few runs late in the game, well after the outcome had been determined. Ramon Martinez did go 3-for-4, and Marcus Thames added his 6th home run on a 2-for-3 day, as he had all three RBI. Now at three games under .500, the Tigers will try and recover when they send out Mike Maroth on Wednesday evening. Maroth will face Chien-Ming Wang, who has just four big league starts under his belt. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 27-17, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens couldn't put the finishing touches on Rochester on Tuesday, and lost to the Redwings 3-1, to split the four-game series. The loss drops the Hens a half game behind Indianapolis in the IL West. Toledo's only run came courtesy of Toledo's only offensive brightspot, Curtis Granderson. In the first, Granderson hit a double that scored Kevin Hooper. Granderson finished the game 2-2 with an RBI and two walks. Andrew Good lost his first game of the season after giving up eight hits and two runs in five innings of work. Rochester turned the tables offensively allowing the Hens only four hits one night after Toledo only allowed them three. Toledo gets a day off after completing their eight-game homestand before they travel to Columbus to take on the Clippers on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 26-19, 1st in Southern division
The SeaWolves kept the Aeros grounded in their 5-2 victory Tuesday night. Erie now leads the series 2-0. The man of the hour was 3B Don Kelly. Kelly contributed to 3 of the 5 runs, starting in the 5th with a home run. Kelly also drove in a run in the 7th. In the 9th, he stole a base and scored on a single by 1B Juan Tejeda. The other two runs scored on RBI singles by DH Kurt Airoso and C Mike Rabelo. Starting pitcher Nate Cornejo took the win with 6 innings on the mound. Cornejo's ERA is now 2.94. Ninth inning reliever Edwin Almonte notched his 15th save of the season. Game three of their 4-game series starts Wednesday at 10:35 a.m.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 31-14, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat up on the Manatees in a 13-3 victory. Lakeland's batters were hitting the ball well and often. The L-Tigers collected sixteen hits, including three home runs and four doubles. Justin Verlander (6-2) was on the mound for Lakeland and got the win. He pitched six innings, gave up two runs, eight hits, one walk, and struck out nine batters. The L-Tigers offense set the pace early. Juan Francia hit a solo home run in Lakeland's first at-bat. Kelly Hunt followed with another solo home run later in the inning. The L-Tigers scored in each of the first five innings. Lakeland had a five-run fourth that put them up 9-2. Juan Francia hit his second home run of the game in the seventh. Francia's two homers are his first two of the season. Francia finished three for five with two runs and four RBI. Kelly Hunt was three for five with three runs and two RBI. Scott Tousa went three for three with three runs scored. Brian Rogers relieved Verlander in the seventh. Rogers allowed the third run for Brevard County. He pitched one inning and gave it over to Andy Baldwin, who pitched the eighth. Newcomer Jermy Rodriguez pitched the ninth, giving up no hits, one walk and striking out two. The L-Tigers and the Manatees play again tomorrow in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 20-25, 5th in East division
West Michigan ended their losing streak with a 2-0 win over Dayton Tuesday. In another low-scoring game, West Michigan put two on the board in the 1st when left fielder Jeffrey Frazier doubled on a fly to right followed immediately by a triple from third baseman Wilkin Ramirez. Frazier scored, then Ramirez followed him home on a throwing error by the Dragons' shortstop. Ramirez, who stole second base in the 5th inning, is currently among the top 10 batting leaders for RBIs in the Midwest League. On the mound for the 'Caps, starter Andrew Kown recorded his first win of the season (1-4, 3.50 ERA). Kown threw for six innings and took down five Dragons on strikes. Reliever Collin Mahoney, who held the Dragons hitless for the final inning, got the save. West Michigan will look to take the series lead when they face Dayton on Wednesday. Game time is 11:00 a.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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