Detroit Tigers - 24-26, 4th in AL Central
Again, Jeremy Bonderman didn't quite have his best stuff on Wednesday night, and was arguably out-pitched by Rangers' starter Ryan Drese through the first six innings. But Drese ran out of gas in the 7th as the Tigers put up five runs against him and the Rangers' bullpen as Bonderman got his sixth win of the year. For the game, Bonderman went 7 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts. The offense was fairly stagnant up until the 7th, having just a monster home run from Dmitri Young in the 4th inning to show. But the offense came alive against Drese in the 7th inning, including an RBI double from Craig Monroe, an RBI groundout from Chris Shelton, and then RBI singles by Tony Giarratano and Brandon Inge (2 run single) suddenly gave the Tigers a two run lead. Bonderman recorded one out in the 8th, before giving way to the bullpen who promptly shut the door on the Rangers. Kyle Farnsworth struck out both batters he faced, and Ugueth Urbina struck out the side in the 9th for his 9th save. The rubber match between these two takes place on Thursday afternoon, with Nate Robertson facing Chris Young at 1:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 31-20, tied 1st in West division
The Mud Hens finally got a win over the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday, but it took extra innings to do it. After the first nine innings ended in an 8-8 tie, the Hens scored two runs in the top of the eleventh and held on to beat Buffalo 10-8. Toledo posted 14 hits, compared to Buffalo's seven, but the Bison's made their hits count, blasting four home runs against Toledo pitchers while Toledo only managed one. Craig Dingman pitched the two final innings for the Hens and got the win, which was his first decision of the season. Jason Grilli made the start for Toledo, but did not earn a decision despite being tagged for all eight runs in five innings of work. Dewayne Wise and Gookie Dawkins were both 3-5 at the plate with Dawkins driving in three runs and Wise accounting for two RBI with a homerun in the third. Toledo managed to win their first game of the series despite stranding 13 runners on base. The final game of the four-game series in Buffalo is set for Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 30-23, 2nd in Southern division
It was homerun mayhem for the SeaWolves as they pounded the Trenton Thunder in a 9-3 win. The first two innings were scoreless. In the 3rd – Erie opened up the big guns. RF David Espinosa started with an RBI single. DH Kurt Airoso followed with his own RBI double. Then the outburst of homeruns began. First baseman Juan Tejeda hit a 2-run homer before Chris Maples hit another homer to cap off the 3rd inning. The SeaWolves lead 5-0 at the end of the 3rd. Trenton closed the gap to 5-2 in the 4th. Airoso's grand slam in the 6th put an exclamation point on the SeaWolves attack, making the score 9-2. Starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson (4-2) took the win after pitching 7 solid innings and giving up 2 runs. Reliever Mark Johnson finished off the last 2 innings, allowing Trenton's final run. The SeaWolves are going for a sweep with their final game of the series starting Thursday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 34-18, 1st in West division
Tampa jumped all over Lakeland and starter Preston Larrison as they beat the L-Tigers 8-3. Larrison recorded just three outs before being removed in favor of Daniel Zell after allowing a pair of baserunners in the 2nd inning. Zell held up, not allowing an earned run over 3 2/3 innings of work, but Mike Kobow came in and promptly allowed another three runs, putting the game out of reach. Juan Francia had another big game at the top of the order, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Garth McKinney went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Lakeland will try and get the win back on Thursday in Tampa at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 24-29, 5th in East division
The Whitecaps just couldn't convert their hits into runs Wednesday. Nine hits resulted in two runs and eleven runners left on base. West Michigan lost to Kane County 4-2. It wasn't for lack of trying. Three 'Caps sluggers had two hits a piece: second baseman Brooks Colvin, third baseman Nick McIntyre, and catcher Dusty Ryan. The runs bookended the game with McIntyre scoring on a sacrifice fly in the 1st and Ryan heading home on a McIntyre single in the 9th. On the mound, starter Dallas Trahern faced the Cougars for the entire game. Trahern ended the night with seven hits, four runs (4 ER), a walk, two strikeouts, and his sixth loss of the season (2-6, 3.53 ERA). The 'Caps take on the Cougars in a morning game Thursday. Play gets underway at 11:00 a.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent