Detroit Tigers - 25-26, 3rd in AL Central
It wasn't looking promising for the Tigers after they gave up three runs in the 7th inning to fall behind 5-3. But then, something started to click in the bottom of the ninth, and the Tigers started putting together a run. It all culminated with Omar Infante's RBI single to centerfield that scored Chris Shelton from second base, tying the score up at 5. All this came after another solid start from Nate Robertson, who gave up four runs (though just three earned) over 6 1/3 innings. He has now recorded six quality starts in his last seven appearances. Robertson left the game, but Franklyn German promptly relinquished the team's one run lead, allowing three runs to cross the plate, and seemingly dooming the Tigers. But the comeback brought the team back and sent the game into extra innings. After a bit of a scare in the 10th inning, the Tigers had Ivan Rodriguez step up with a big double to put the tying run in scoring position. Craig Monroe took over from there dropping a ball into shallow right field that scored Pudge from second and gave the Tigers a 6-5 come-from-behind victory. Rondell White had a huge game offensively as well, making his mark earlier in the game, going 2-for-5 with a run and three RBI, including his fifth home run. Now Baltimore comes to town for a three game set, looking for revenge after being swept in their park by the Tigers. Jason Johnson goes up against Bruce Chen at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 31-21, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens will be glad they won't have to travel to Buffalo again this season, and won't see the Bisons until mid-July after another lop-sided loss on Thursday. The 13-1 loss was the third of the four-game series for Toledo and dropped their season record to 31-21. Buffalo managed to score 46 runs in that four-game stretch. Buffalo's Dusty Wathan set a Bison record with nine RBI in the game hitting three home runs. Kenny Baugh made the start and got tagged for eight runs, and was chased after just four and one-third innings. Baugh falls back to .500 with a record of 4-4 with the loss. Infielder Mike Hessman game in to pitch the final two outs of the blowout. The last time a Toledo position player took the mound was July of 2004, also in Buffalo. Kevin Hooper and Ryan Raburn both went 2-4 to lead the Toledo offense, which managed just one run while stranding nine runners on base. Toledo continues their road trip on Friday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at 7 p.m. to face the Red Barons.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 30-24, 2nd in Southern division
Erie pitchers might be wondering if they were pitching with helium-filled baseballs after watching the Trenton Thunder hammer 3 doubles, 2 triples and 3 home runs in a 7-5 Trenton win on Thursday night in Erie. Four Erie pitchers combined to give up 13 hits to Trenton. The loss went to SeaWolves' starter Virgil Vasquez (1-2) who gave up 6 runs and 9 hits over 5 innings of work. The bright spots for Erie were the hitting of SS Don Kelly (3 for 5, now hitting .364) and 2B Gilberto Mejia (2 for 4). Erie hosts New Hampshire on Friday night in a 7:05 p.m. game.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 35-18, 1st in West division
Nate Bumstead has been winning all year long, and that kept up on Thursday night as he led Lakeland to an 8-5 victory. Bumstead gave up four runs (three earned) over seven innings, earning his 7th win of the year. The Tigers didn't get much from their top three hitters, but the 4th through the 9th had at least two hits apiece, including two solo home runs by Garth McKinney along with a home run and three RBI from Danilo Sanchez. Kody Kirkland also chipped in with a double, triple and two RBI. Lakeland now returns home to host Tampa for a pair of games at Joker Marchant Stadium. The first game goes down at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 25-29, 4th in East division
A huge fourth inning secured the 'Caps lead over Kane County Thursday. West Michigan went on to win the game 10-8. The 'Caps lineup was on fire in the 4th, racking up five singles, two doubles, and back-to-back homers from left fielder Jeffrey Frazier and DH Wilkin Ramirez. With nine 'Caps runs on the board and only one man out, the stunned Cougars sent in a reliever who managed to retire the final batters of the inning. The Kane County pitchers faced a total of 14 'Caps during this show-stopper of a rally. Offensively, the Cougars gave starter Josh Rainwater trouble in the 1st and 2nd. Rainwater, who was recently activated from the DL, gave up seven runs to Kane County including a solo homer served up to the very first batter of the game. Definitely not the best way to start a day's work. Reliever Daniel Konecny took over in the 3rd and came away with the win (2-4, 2.58 ERA). West Michigan leads the series 2-1 going into the final game on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent