Detroit Tigers - 23-25, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers completed the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, but not without a battle. The Orioles jumped out to a 6-1 lead on starter Wilfredo Ledezma and reliever Chris Spurling. Ledezma gave up four runs in four-plus innings of work before standing down to Spurling. But just when things started to look down with the Tigers down five headed into the 7th, the offense turned it on and put up a whopping six runs in the 7th inning to take an 8-6 lead. From there the bullpen allowed a couple hits, but kept the O's in check from that point forward, with Ugueth Urbina closing out with his 8th save, and third in as many days. Dmitri Young and Craig Monroe helped lead the charge, with Young going 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs, including his 8th home run. Craig Monroe also drove in the game winning run as part of his three run homer, also his third in as many days against the O's, raising his total on the year to seven. Nook Logan also chipped in with three hits and a run. The Tigers now can take Memorial Day off before returning to action on Tuesday when they host Texas for a three-game series. Mike Maroth faces Kenny Rogers Tuesday evening at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 30-18, 1st in West division
The Hens won their third straight on Sunday night against the Clippers by a score of 7-3. Toledo has not lost a series in their nine last tries, with their last series loss coming against Indianapolis at the end of April. Sean Douglass allowed all three of the Columbus runs, but earned his seventh win of the season, striking out four batters and allowing seven hits. Kevin Hooper led the way for the Hens going 3-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. The Hens take on Buffalo on Monday to start an eight game road trip at 7:05 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 28-22, 2nd in Southern division
It's what's in the middle that counts. Unfortunately for Erie, innings 2-8 were nothing but zeros. The Harrisburg Senators tackled the SeaWolves for the 2nd time in a row in a 5-3 win. First baseman Juan Tejeda put Erie on the board when he doubled in one run in the 1st. Right fielder David Espinosa slammed a 2-run homer in the 9th for Erie's final 2 runs. Starting pitcher Nate Cornejo (4-3) took the loss by giving up 4 of Harrisburg's 5 runs in 4 innings on the mound. Reliever Adam Peterson gave up the 5th run the following inning. Relievers Corey Hamman and Mike Bumatay held the Senators scoreless, but Erie couldn't close the gap. The final showdown is Monday afternoon at 1:05. Harrisburg leads the series 2-1.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 34-16, 1st in West division
Another strong start from Justin Verlander coupled with a huge nine run 5th inning from the L-Tigers came together to result in a 12-3 win. Verlander got his 7th win as he continues to cruise against Florida State League competition, going seven innings while giving up two runs. The nine run 5th inning was led by Kelly Hunt, who had not one, but two home runs in that inning alone. Almost every hitter was in on the fun, but the heart of the order really led the way. Besides Hunt's two home runs and four RBI, Russ Cleveland had three hits and an RBI, Kody Kirkland had four hits and two runs, Derek Nicholson had two hits and three runs, and Danilo Sanchez had a pair of RBI. The L-Tigers finish up their series with Jupiter on Monday evening at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 22-28, 5th in East division
The 'Caps tried valiantly to recover from a devastating 3rd inning by rallying in the top of the 9th but came up short. West Michigan fell to the Fort Wayne Wizards 11-7. In the bottom of the 3rd, starter Andrew Kown hit the first Fort Wayne batter with a pitch. Then things fell apart. By the time the 'Caps retired Fort Wayne to their dugout, the Wizards had seven hits (two homers) and eight runs. Kown was relieved by Daniel Konecny, but Konecny didn't fare much better - he gave up two of the seven hits and three of the eight runs. Going into the 9th, the score was 11-2. The 'Caps lineup rallied to load the bases, setting the stage for first baseman Josh Lee to deliver a grand slam. The momentum of this huge homer didn't carry, however, and the inning ended with three West Michigan batters who popped, grounded, and flied out. Kown took the loss, his fifth of the season. The series stands at 2-1 Whitecaps going into the final game. West Michigan meets Fort Wayne at 3:00 p.m. Monday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent