Detroit Tigers - 21-25, 4th in AL Central
Nate Robertson has had his ups and downs so far this season, a significant drop in his win total, a number of games in which he's struggled yet he sports the top ERA among Tiger starters. Robertson came in though needing to get a win for his struggling team, who had lost four straight, and was reeling after being swept by the Yankees in New York. Robertson gave the Tigers everything they needed, letting just one run score while he was in the game over 7 2/3 innings of work – his strikeout numbers were once again down though, striking out just one Oriole. Kyle Farnsworth came in with two outs in the 8th, but instead of shutting the door, he gave up two hits and allowed two inherited runners to score before finally getting the final out. Ugueth Urbina came on in the 9th, but it was nothing close to routine, allowing a double, then walking a pair of batters to load the bases before striking out rookie center fielder Jeff Fiorentino to end the game and preserve the one run, 4-3 victory. As far as offense, Dmitri Young helped, trying to break out of his slump with a solo home run in his 2-for-4 day with two runs. Craig Monroe also blasted a home run, his 5th, that scored a pair of runs. The Tigers will now try and put together some form of a winning streak when Jason Johnson faces recent call-up Hayden Penn, who will make his major league debut at 4:35pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 28-18, 2nd in West division
The Hens returned the favor to the Clippers on Friday one day after being shutout by Columbus. Early runs and a complete game shutout by Jason Grilli helped the Hens win their 28th game of the season by a final of 6-0. Grilli's outstanding night on the hill was his third victory of the year, which included allowing only four runs, while striking out eight Columbus batters. Grilli's ERA is now just slightly above 3.00. The Clippers, however used four pitchers who combined to allow the Hens 13 hits. Curtis Granderson and Chris Shelton led the way at the plate for Toledo each notching three hits. Granderson's night was just a homerun shy of the cycle, and included two runs scored. Shelton was 3-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Mike Hessman also hit his eleventh homerun of the year in the third inning, with two on and no one out. The Clippers and Hens now both travel back to Toledo to play two more games against each other, with Saturday's game starting at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 28-20, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves said hello to the Harrisburg Senators with a 7-5 win in game one of their 4-game series. The Senators started strong hitting two home runs off starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson in the 1st inning. Erie catcher Max St. Pierre erased that lead in the 2nd when he singled in 2 runs. CF Victor Mendez and RF David Espinosa continued the SeaWolves' 2nd inning attack with RBI hits that gave Erie a 4-2 lead. In the 3rd, third baseman Chris Maples scored off a wild pitch and Mendez singled in the SeaWolves' 6th run. SS Don Kelly sealed the deal in the 6th with an RBI double that gave Erie a 7-3 lead. The Senators managed to score two more runs in the 7th off reliever John Birtwell, who relieved winning pitcher Johnson (3-2). Erie reliever Edwin Almonte polished off the win with his 17th save in the 9th inning. The two teams meet up again Saturday night at 6:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 33-15, 1st in West division
Nate Bumstead jumped right back into action and gave the L-Tigers another solid outing in their 4-3 victory over Jupiter. Unfortunately for Bumstead, who left with a 3-1 lead, Chris Homer gave up a pair of runs in the top of the 9th that tied the game up. But the Tigers used a hit by pitch, a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and then a sacrifice fly to get the go-ahead run home in the 9th to preserve the victory for the club, even if not for Bumstead, who struck out eight over his 7 1/3 innings of work. Little mentioned Russ Cleveland went 2-for-4 with a a pair of RBI in the game, and Derek Nicholson also went 2-for-3 with a run scored. The two teams will match up again on Saturday in Jupiter at 6:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 21-27, 5th in East division
It took just two hours for the Whitecaps to finish the Wizards Friday 2-1. Starter Dallas Trahern, who has struggled a bit so far this season, stayed in for all nine innings and recorded his second win (2-5, 3.45 ERA). Trahern faced 33 batters. The 'Caps put up their six hits and two runs in the 3rd and the 4th. Both scoring innings started off with doubles (3B Nick McIntyre in the 3rd, LF Jeff Frazier in the 4th), followed by singles (CF Justin Justice, SS Brent Dlugach) that set up the scoring opportunities. McIntyre scored in the 3rd on a sacrifice double play. Frazier crossed the plate on Dlugach's single. The Whitecaps meet Fort Wayne Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent