Detroit Tigers - 26-28, 3rd in AL Central
Mike Maroth pitched well, but three errors by the Tigers' defense hurt Maroth, and ended up granting him another loss, as he fell to 4-6 on the year. For the game, Maroth went eight innings, giving up all six Baltimore runs (though just two earned) with a walk and a strikeout. The defense meanwhile committed more errors (3) than runs they were able to put up on the board offensively (2). While it wasn't a save situation, Troy Percival did make his return to action for the Tigers, pitching a scoreless inning in the ninth to close it out. At the plate, the Tigers managed just five hits, three of those coming from Dmitri Young. Young was also responsible for the Tigers only two runs, via a two run home run in the first inning. Carlos Guillen and Nook Logan were the only two Tigers to get a hit. The team will now try and pull their numbers back up out west as they get back into interleague action when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:05pm. Jeremy Bonderman takes on native Michigander Derek Lowe.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 33-22, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens were in the perfect position to win their third straight game over the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre Red Barons on Sunday, but a failed double play attempt allowed the go-ahead run to score in the bottom of the eight for the Barons and the Hens fell by a final of 3-2. Scranton scored two runs in the bottom of the third and led the game until Toledo put up two of their own in the top of the seventh. Mark Woodyard suffered the loss after coming in to relieve Nelson Cruz. Cruz pitched six innings and allowed the first two Scranton runs but Woodyard pitched the final two, giving up the fielder's choice that put the Barons ahead for good. Woodyard's record falls to 1-2 with the loss. The Hens notched seven hits, while the Red Barons only managed six, but the only Toledo player with more than was Ryan Raburn who finished 2-3 with a double, a RBI, and a walk. The four game series comes to an end on Monday with a 7 p.m. first pitch.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 31-26, 2nd in Southern division
For many, a Sunday afternoon activity is mowing the lawn. Erie starting pitcher Joel Zumaya also did some Sunday afternoon mowing -- as he cut down the Harrisburg Senators with 15 strikeouts in 7 innings of work. Zumaya (4-3) got the win, yielding only 3 hits and 1 (unearned) run. Joel Zumaya leads the Eastern League with 99 strikeouts and has an ERA of 3.72. DH Max St. Pierre backed Zumaya's pitching with a 2-out, 3 run homer in the 4th. The other SeaWolves score came on an RBI single by LF Kurt Airoso in the 5th. Erie is off on Monday. The SeaWolves travel to Trenton for a 6:05 p.m. game on Tuesday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 37-18, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers defeated the Reds 4-3. Justin Verlander (7-2) started the game for Lakeland. Verlander had to settle down after a shaky start. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the game. The Reds stole two bases against him. A throwing error by Verlander led to the first run of the game. Sarasota scored another run in the inning. Verlander ended the first inning with two strikeouts and was in much better control as the game progressed. He pitched seven innings, gave up three runs, allowed three hits, two walks and struck out nine. Lakeland was behind 3-2 when Verlander finished the seventh and he did not get the decision. Danny Zell (2-2) came on in the eighth and got the win after Juan Francia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to put the L-Tigers up 4-3. Zell got the first out of the ninth but then got into some trouble after he walked a batter and gave up a double. Chris Homer came on with a one-run lead and two men on base. He got the last two outs of the game and the L-Tigers held on for the win. It was Homer's fourteenth save of the year. Juan Francia finished one for four with two RBI. Brent Clevlen went two for four with a RBI double and a run scored. Kelly Hunt was two for four with a RBI. The L-Tigers and Reds play the second game of their three-game series in Lakeland tomorrow, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 26-31, 4th in East division
The scoring snowballed at the end, but the ‘Caps weren't able to out-score Quad Cities as they lost 8-5 on Sunday afternoon. Jair Jurrjens took the loss, allowing four runs in six innings of work, but the bullpen let it get away, as Tony Peralta and Collin Mahoney each gave up a pair of runs in relief to put the game out of reach, even with West Michigan's four run ninth inning run. As has been the case of late, Wilkin Ramirez and Brent Dlugach led the way at the plate. Dlugach went 3-for-4 with a double and a run, while Ramirez blasted a two run home run, his 6th of the year. Nick McIntyre, who is being used more and more as of late, also went 2-for-4 with a run. West Michigan will try and get the game back on Monday when they take on Quad Cities again at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor