Detroit Tigers - 22-25, 4th in AL Central
Jason Johnson's entire first year with the Tigers could be marked by one word; inconsistent. Johnson would put together a solid game, then struggle in his next outing. But Johnson seems to have gotten over those struggles this season as he's gone out every fifth day and pitched well. Saturday was no different as Johnson pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on seven hits to get his third win of the year. Johnson was also helped out by the offense, which was able to put up a few runs on starter Hayden Penn. But when Johnson let the O's tie the game back up, the offense (and specifically Omar Infante) came up big, as with two outs and Ivan Rodriguez on third, Infante turned a fastball around and parked it in deep left centerfield for his third home run of the year, giving the Tigers a 5-3 lead. Johnson pitched the eighth to get the win, then Ugueth Urbina came on and closed things out handily with a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save of the season. The Tigers will go for a sweep (and attempt to even out their record on the road trip) on Sunday when Wilfredo Ledezma faces Bruce Chen at 1:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 29-18, 1st 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 - 28-21, 1st 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 - 33-16, 1st in West division
Jupiter jumped all over Lakeland and starter Jordan Tata as they topped the L-Tigers 12-4. Tata took the loss for his six inning effort, but of the six runs he allowed, just three were earned. He also struck out eight. Most of the rest of the damage was done against Andy Baldwin, who allowed five more runs (all earned) in an inning. The L-Tigers got a pair of runs in off errors, with the other two being driven in by Kody Kirkland, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and solo home run, his sixth of the year. Juan Francia and Vincent Blue also had a pair of hits each at the top of the order for Lakeland. Lakeland and Jupiter face off again at 1:00pm on Sunday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 22-27, 5th in East division
Two 'Caps pitchers who were recently activated from the disabled list contributed to a 3-0 win over the Fort Wayne Wizards Tuesday. Starter Josh Rainwater (1-1, 1.0) had the Wizards looking and swinging in his five innings on the mound. Seven Fort Wayne batters surrendered to his strikes. Ed Clelland relieved Rainwater and stayed in for one inning. Doubles were the hit of the night for the 'Caps. Designated hitter Wilkin Ramirez (.283), shortstop Brent Dlugach (.278), and right fielder Luis Sabino (.214) each blasted a double that figured in the three West Michigan runs. Collin Mahoney finished the game on the mound for the 'Caps, earning his tenth save of the season. The Whitecaps have a 2-0 series lead against Fort Wayne. They meet the Wizards Sunday for game three at 3:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent