Rough 6th Keeps Victory Out of Reach (5/25 Recaps)

It wasn't a blowout like Tuesday night, but the Tigers still couldn't beat the Yankees and recent call-up Chien-Ming Wang, as the Yankees used one big inning to gain the lead and saw their bullpen slam the door shut on the struggling Tigers.

Detroit Tigers - 20-24, 3rd in AL Central
Mike Maroth has great outings, good outings, average outings, and then those that you'd like to forget, and it's all based on how good his control is on that particular night. On Tuesday night, he was strong through five innings, only to allow three runs to cross the plate in the sixth, which proved to be the difference in the game as the Yankees went on to a 4-2 victory. Maroth gave up all four runs over six innings, with more walks (3) than strikeouts (2). Chien-Ming Wang, despite having done little thus far in his career, earned his third win by holding the Tigers to just two runs over 6 1/3 innings. After Wang was relieved, Derek Jeter made a spectacular play to help hold the lead, making a diving over-the-shoulder collision catch to rob Marcus Thames of a hit, and a run-scoring hit at that. Back in the leadoff slot, Brandon Inge had two hits and a run, while Ivan Rodriguez and Ramon Martinez each had an RBI. The Tigers will try and salvage a game out of the series on Thursday night when the ace takes the mound. Jeremy Bonderman takes on the struggling Kevin Brown at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 27-17, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens were off on Wednesday, but get back into action on Thursday when they make the drive south to Columbus for a home-and-home series with the Clippers. Thursday's game is set for 7:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 26-20, 2nd in Southern division
The Akron Aeros blasted the SeaWolves in a 5-0 victory, allowing Erie only 4 hits. The losing pitcher was SeaWolves' starter Randor Bierd (1-1), who gave up Akron's 5 runs in a little over 5 innings on the mound. Relievers Lee Rodney and Adam Peterson held Akron in check over the last three innings, but the SeaWolves' hitters couldn't push across any runs. Erie now leads the series 2-1. The final game is Thursday morning at 10:35.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 32-14, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the tenth to beat the Manatees 10-9. The game was scoreless for the first four innings. Eulogio DeLa Cruz pitched four and two-thirds, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks. Brevard County scored five in the top of the fifth when the L-Tigers broke down defensively. The team had four errors in the game. In the fifth, Lakeland made three throwing errors in the field and a wild pitch by DeLa Cruz. The Manatees jumped out to a five run lead and Danny Zell came on to replace DeLa Cruz. Zell pitched one and third innings. Rodriguez and Baldwin followed Zell. They each had one inning of work. The L-Tigers scored one in the sixth and four in the seventh to tie the game up. They went up 6-5 in the eighth after Scott Tousa and Danilo Sanchez hit back-to-back doubles. Chris Homer came in to pitch the ninth but gave up the tying run. It was his third blown save of the season. Homer pitched the first two outs of the tenth but got into trouble. The Manatees scored three runs against Homer before he was lifted. Kevin McDowell came on and recorded the final out of the inning. That final out turned into a win for McDowell when Lakeland came back in the bottom of the inning. Kody Kirkland and Scott Tousa scored. With the bases loaded, Brent Clevlen singled home McKinney and Francia to win the game. Lakeland will try for a series sweep against the Manatees tomorrow, in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 20-26, 5th in East division
In yet another close one, the Whitecaps lost to Dayton 3-2 Wednesday. The series now stands 2-1 Dragons. Keeping things in check, the West Michigan defense did not allow Dayton to capitalize on their ten hits. Nine Dragons were left on base, four in scoring position with two out. In the top of the 5th, a big double play (3B Nick McIntyre to 2B Brooks Colvin to 1B Josh Lee) ended the inning and a potentially fruitful rally by the Dragons. For the offense, left fielder Jeffrey Frazier sent a solo homer to right field for his 4th of the season. 'Caps reliever Anthony Tomey (2-4), who was on the mound for less than an inning, recorded the loss. Tomey gave up three hits and one run in that short span of time. West Michigan closes out this series Thursday, meeting the Dragons at 6:35 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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