Detroit Tigers - 26-27, 3rd in AL Central
Once again, the Tigers being at .500 and above was a short lived experience, as Baltimore toppled the Tigers, using a late inning surge to pummel the Tigers 14-7. The game started out well, as the Tigers put up seven runs in the first three innings, seemingly a comfortable lead for Wilfredo Ledezma. But after a pair of runs scored after an error by Tony Giarratano, Ledezma a couple innings later gave up a grand slam to Rafael Palmiero, tying the game up. From that point on, it got ugly. Chris Spurling held serve, but then Jamie Walker gave up a run, Franklyn German gave up an unearned run, and then Doug Creek got pounded for five more runs, four of those via a Melvin Mora grand slam. Ledezma got a no decision, giving up seven runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Ledezma's ERA has no crawled above seven (7.07). After the game, Ledezma was optioned to Toledo to make room for Troy Percival, who was activated from the disabled list. Rumors also were floating the Doug Creek wouldn't be far behind Ledezma and would be sent back to Toledo as well. At the plate, Rondell White extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a three run home run in the first inning. Brandon Inge and Ramon Martinez each had a pair of hits at the top of the order, and Carlos Guillen, who was the designated hitter, went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Mike Maroth will try and get his team and himself back on track on Sunday afternoon when he faces Daniel Cabrera at 1:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 33-21, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens got back to their winning ways on Saturday with a sweep of their double header with Scranton-Wilkes/Barre. In game one Sean Douglass earned his eighth win of the season after going six innings and only allowing two earned runs on six hits. The Toledo offense provided just enough fire power when they needed it, with a three-run fifth inning that cemented the victory 5-3. Jack Hannahan was the only Hen with more than one hit, going 2-4 with two RBI. Game two saw Toledo go into the ninth inning tied 2-2, and put four runs on the board in that frame and eventually win the game 6-3. Only one of those four runs was earned as the Red Barons committed two errors to allow the Hens to take the lead. The Red Barons' defense was shaky all day, combining for five errors in the two games. Andrew Good made the start for Toledo, but did not earn a decision. The win, however, went to Matt Roney who allowed three hits in two innings of work, but no runs. Vic Darensbourg came in to notch the save, his second of the day, to raise his season total to four. The Hens won despite being out-hit 13-10. Carlos Pena started off his assignment to Toledo on the right foot with a 3-3 performance that included an RBI and a walk. Toledo and the Barons will continue the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. as the Hens look to win their third straight.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 30-26, 2nd in Southern division
A great start wasn't enough for the win as Erie fell to the Harrisburg Senators 7-6 in 11 innings. Erie jumped to a 6-0 lead, scoring twice in each of the first three innings. The Senators began to eat away at the Erie lead with a score in the 4th inning. That was as far as starter Humberto Sanchez would go, as he made his return to action. Sanchez allowed a run in four innings with seven strikeouts. Four runs in the 6th and another Harrisburg score in the 8th tied the game 6-6. The game stayed tied until the 11th, when the Senators pushed across the game winner on a 1-out double by pinch hitter Edgar Gonzales. Erie bats were active, with RF David Espinosa, SS Don Kelly, LF Kurt Airoso, 3B Christopher Maples and 1B Jody Roughton each delivering 2 hits. SeaWolves reliever Corey Hamman (3-1) took the loss. The teams close their series with a 1:05 p.m. game on Sunday.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 36-18, 1st in West division
Lakeland wasn't able to finish up their final game with Tampa due to rain. The game has yet to be rescheduled, as the L-Tigers move on to take on Sarasota on Sunday at 6pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 26-30, 4th in East division
The ‘Caps used a pair of late inning runs to secure a 2-0 victory over Quad Cities. Matt Righter got the win, improving to 3-0 on the year, as he pitched seven shutout innings of baseball, allowing just five hits with four strikeouts. Anthony Tomey pitched the final two innings to get his second save of the year. Dusty Ryan got the Whitecaps on the scoreboard in the 7th when he hit a solo home run, his first of the year. Jeff Frazier then had an RBI double in the 8th inning, scoring Stephen Young, to provide an insurance run for the ‘Caps. Frazier went 2-for-3 for the game. West Michigan hosts Quad Cities again on Sunday at 2:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor