Dodgers Tag Bonderman in Tiger Loss (6/6 Recaps)

The Tigers kicked off their week long road trip out west in depressing fashion, falling in the series opener to the Los Angeles Dodgers as they dropped their third straight game and put themselves back at three games under the .500 mark.

Detroit Tigers - 26-29, 3rd in AL Central
Jeremy Bonderman dueled Derek Lowe on Monday night, and at least this time around, Lowe got the best of the other. Bonderman allowed all five Dodger runs over six innings of work, including allowing a pair of home runs that provided most of the scoring for Los Angeles. Lowe meanwhile cruised through the Tigers' order, allowing three runs (just one earned) over eight innings of work to record his fifth win of the season. At the plate, Craig Monroe had an RBI double, and Nook Logan had a pair of hits for the Tigers. Detroit will try and get back into the win column and reclaim third place from the Cleveland Indians late Tuesday night, when Nate Robertson faces youngster Derek Thompson at 10:05pm eastern.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 33-23, 2nd in West division
Both Toledo and Scranton/WB put up enough runs to win, but the Mud Hens didn't put up quite enough to beat the Red Barons as they lost 10-9. Jason Grilli took the loss, giving up eight runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings of work. Offensively, Curtis Granderson had a huge game, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs and four RBI. 3B Mike Hessman also had a good game, going 2-for-4 including his 10th home run of the season. Jason Smith and Brandon Harper also each chipped in with an RBI. The Mud Hens will try and find their winning ways when they return home to Fifth Third Field and host Pawtucket. First pitch is 7:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 31-26, 2nd in Southern division
Erie is off on Monday, but the SeaWolves travel to Trenton for a 6:05 p.m. game on Tuesday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 37-19, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to Sarasota 6-9. The Reds were all over new starting pitcher Randor Bierd. This was Bierd's first start with the L-Tigers and probably one he'd like to forget soon. The Reds jumped out to a four run lead in the first. Bierd gave up a single, two doubles and two home runs, all before recording the first out of the game. Bierd came on for the second but continued to struggle, giving up a single and a RBI double before he was lifted for Kevin McDowell. Bierd started the season in West Michigan but has spent the last two weeks pitching in Erie. He was 1-2 in his three starts with the Seawolves with an ERA of 3.12 in 17.1 innings of work. McDowell came on in the second and pitched two and a third. The L-Tigers went through their staff. The coaches used a total of six pitchers in the game. Sarasota held a lead throughout. Lakeland had a four-run seventh to get within two. In the seventh, Vincent Blue singled home Garth McKinney and Kelly Hunt hit a two-run double and scored on a wild pitch. The L-Tigers didn't score in either of the last two innings and the game ended with the score 6-9. Bierd got the loss. Kelly Hunt finished two for five with two RBI. Brent Clevlen went three for four with a RBI and a run scored. Vincent Blue was three for four with a RBI and a run. The L-Tigers and Reds finish up their three-game series tomorrow in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 26-31, 4th in East division
West Michigan needed extra innings to make it happen, but a pair of runs in the bottom of the 11th after a run by Quad Cities in the top half of the innings gave the ‘Caps a 7-6 victory. Dallas Trahern got the start for West Michigan and didn't earn a decision, giving up three runs in six innings. Anthony Tomey got the win for pitching the one inning of relief in the 11th, despite allowing what was at the time the go-ahead run to Quad Cities. At the plate, Wilkin Ramirez continues to work to establish himself as he went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a solo home run. Dusty Ryan also had another good game, a hopeful sign that he's starting to break out of his long early season (and into midseason) slump. Ryan had three hits, two RBI and a run for West Michigan. Stephen Young, Nick McIntyre and Brent Dlugach also each had a pair of hits. Young scored the game winning run on a throwing error after stealing third base, and just moments after driving in the tying run. West Michigan hosts Quad Cities again at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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