Rogers, Rangers Stifle Tigers (5/31 Recaps)

While much of metro Detroit was consumed with the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the Tigers had a baseball game still. Unfortunately, they would have been better off taking the day off as well, as Kenny Rogers shut down the streaking Tigers and the Rangers' bats couldn't be stopped.

Detroit Tigers - 23-26, 4th in AL Central
Kenny Rogers kept rolling, and Mike Maroth kept struggling as Texas rolled to an 8-2 victory. Rogers won his sixth game of the month with an impressive seven inning outing. Meanwhile Mike Maroth continued his struggles, giving up six runs and not making it out of the fifth inning. And with Rogers shutting down the Tiger offense, little was mentionable from the Tigers' position players, with the possible exception of Brandon Inge, who went 2-for-4, including two RBI and a run scored, generated by his fifth home run of the year. Also, in his first big league appearance of the year, Chris Shelton had a hit and a run scored. Unfortunately, the loss wasn't the worst part of the outcome as Ivan Rodriguez had a foul tip ricochet off the ground and hit his hand, causing a fracture. Rodriguez will hope to play through it, but the Tigers will know more in the coming days. In the meantime, the Tigers will hope to make-up for the struggles on Tuesday night on Wednesday night when Jeremy Bonderman goes up against Ryan Drese at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 30-20, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens lost their second in a row on Tuesday night, getting trounced by Buffalo 12-1. The Bisons spread their runs out in four separate innings, including six runs in the bottom of the seventh. Toledo was also outhit by Buffalo 16-6. Nine of those hits were given up by Nelson Cruz who took the loss for Toledo and dropped to 4-4 on the year. Cruz only lasted two and one-third innings and gave up six runs and nine hits, two of which were home runs. Toledo's leader at the plate was Jack Hannahan who was 2-4, and drove in Toledo's only run. The Hens will try and add one to the win column on Wednesday in Buffalo at 7:05 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 29-23, 2nd in Southern division
Erie and Trenton's future read extra innings until the SeaWolves, with two outs in the 9th, scored the final run to win the game 7-6. Shortstop Tony Giarratano, 3B Don Kelly and DH Kurt Airoso each delivered RBI singles in the 3rd to give Erie a 3-0 lead. Three more runs came in the 4th starting with LF Mike Woods, who scored off a Trenton throwing error. RF David Espinosa followed with an RBI single. Giarratano's sacrifice fly brought in the innings' final run to make the score 6-1. Trenton caught the SeaWolves and tied the game in the 8th. The tension grew in the bottom of the 9th when the SeaWolves loaded the bases with two outs. Trenton walked 1B Juan Tejeda, which brought Giarratano home with the winning run. SeaWolves starting pitcher Joel Zumaya gave up 3 runs in 5 innings on the mound. Mike Bumatay followed and gave up two runs in two innings of relief. Erie pitcher Adam Peterson (2-1) came on in the 8th and notched the win. Trenton and Erie's second match-up begins at 7:05 Wednesday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 34-17, 1st in West division
Lakeland was off on Tuesday but returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Tampa for a pair of games, then bring Tampa back to Lakeland for a home and home.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 24-28, 5th in East division
The Whitecaps just managed to beat the Kane County Cougars Tuesday, 11-10. It was definitely an offensive battle - both lineups racked up the hits and ended the game with double digits in the hit column. Center fielder Justin Justice sent a solo blast to right field in the 5th for his first home run of the season. On the mound for the 'Caps, five pitchers faced the Cougars: Jair Jurrjens, Tony Peralta, Jay Sborz, Ed Clelland, and Ian Ostlund. Jurrjens got the win (5-1, 2.38) and Ostlund the save (2). Jurrjens had the Cougars looking and swinging - he took down seven Kane Co. batters on strikes. Clelland held the Cougars hitless and scoreless - the only 'Caps pitcher to do so. The teams meet again Wednesday at Fifth Third Ballpark. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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