Tigers Back on the Winning Track (6/7 Recaps)

The Tigers offense had been relatively dormant over the past few games, but awoke on Tuesday night in Los Angeles as the Tigers put up eight runs against the Dodgers. And while the offense put up the runs, the bullpen was able to hold onto the lead, shutting down the Dodgers for the final four innings.

Detroit Tigers - 27-29, tied 3rd in AL Central
Nate Robertson has had a number of outings this season where he kept the opposition in check, but his offense didn't give him enough support to earn a victory. The offense came alive, unfortunately for Robertson, it did so the inning after he came out of the game, leaving him with another no decision. Robertson went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Chris Spurling got the win in relief, pitching a perfect 6th inning. Kyle Farnsworth, then Ugueth Urbina and then Troy Percival each pitched an inning from there on out, with none of them allowing a hit. At the plate, everyone got involved in the action; especially Ivan Rodriguez, who went 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Seven other players each drove in a run to reach the Tigers' magic number of eight. One of those came from Carlos Guillen, as he had the RBI before having to be removed from the game. Guillen pulled up lame rounding third and trying to score on a Dmitri Young single in the fifth inning. With Guillen out, Tony Giarratano replaced him and promptly blasted his first career big league home run. Jason Johnson faces former Tiger Jeff Weaver in the rubber match at 10:10pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 34-23, 2nd in West division
A return home meant a return to their winning ways for the Mud Hens on Tuesday as they played a very unkind host to the Pawtucket Red Sox and beat them 8-3. The win boosts the Hens record to 34-23. Kenny Baugh got back above .500 with his fifth win of the year. Baugh pitched six innings and didn't allow a single earned run, while only giving up four hits and striking out nine hitters. Toledo pounded out 14 hits against three Pawtucket pitchers, with one of those hits being Dewayne Wise's fourth homerun of the year. Carlos Pena went 1-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts as he continues his stay in Toledo. Jason Smith made his Mud Hens debut at third base and went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI. The Hens and Sox get back to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 31-27, 2nd in Southern division
The visiting SeaWolves got zapped by the Trenton Thunder 11-2 on Tuesday night. Trenton opened with 2 runs in the 2nd, and went up 7-0 with 5 more runs in the 4th, all off Erie starting and losing pitcher Jeremy Johnson (4-3). Trenton extended its lead with 2 run innings in the 6th and 7th. The few bright spots for Erie were LF David Espinosa (3 for 4, now hitting .304), DH Kurt Airoso (2 for 5) and 2B/SS Gilberto Mejia (2 for 3). The teams match up again at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday in Trenton.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 37-19, 1st in West division
Lakeland's game on Tuesday evening was rained out. No word yet on when they'll make up the missed game. On Wednesday, Lakeland travels to Clearwater to start a three game series there; the first pitch is set for 7:05pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 27-32, 5th in East division
The 'Caps had a tough loss on Tuesday night, falling to Quad Cities 3-1. The team got another strong start from Josh Rainwater, who didn't allow a run over six innings. Unfortunately, Ed Clelland allowed a pair of runs in relief, and took the loss to fall to 0-1. Offensively, the team managed just three hits, with the lone run coming off a Matt Parrish solo home run in the 3rd inning. Moving past Quad Cities, the team now heads down the road to face Southwest Michigan for a four game series. But first, an off day on Wednesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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