Weaver Quiets Tiger Offense (6/8 Recaps)

The Tigers sent one of their hottest pitchers to the mound on Wednesday night to face a former Tiger, Jeff Weaver. Jason Johnson put together yet another strong start for the Tigers, but Weaver outdid Johnson on the mound to lead the Dodgers to victory.

Detroit Tigers - 27-30, 4th in AL Central
Jeff Weaver has had his share of good games, and his share of bad games – most of which coming when he was a member of the New York Yankees. But now out of New York, Weaver is trying to get back to his winning ways, and he certainly showed that he's getting there. Weaver allowed just two hits by the Tigers as the Dodgers went on to a 3-1 victory. Jason Johnson matched up against Weaver and held his own, but didn't quite keep the Dodgers in check enough, allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings. Johnson however did work to help his own cause, as he had one of the Tigers' two hits, and was the source of the lone run, taking Jeff Weaver deep. It was Johnson's first career home run. Detroit takes a day off on Thursday before kicking off a three game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 35-23, 2nd in West division
Home sweet home continued to be just that for Toledo on Wednesday as the Hens put on another impressive performance against Pawtucket and beat the Red Sox 5-2. The Sox plated their only runs in the top of the first off of starter Sean Douglass, but were shut down for the rest of the night by Douglass and the rest of the Hens pitchers. Douglass' night lasted only four innings, as he allowed the two runs on three hits while striking out five batters. Mark Woodyard came in to relieve Douglass and got the win to even his record at 2-2. Jason Karnuth closed the game out to earn his 11th save of the year. One night after putting up 14 hits, the Hens only needed six to take care of Pawtucket, with most of the offense coming in the four-run fourth inning for Toledo. Alexis Gomez accounted for half of Toledo's hits going a perfect 3-3 at the plate with an RBI and two doubles. Curtis Granderson also chipped in two hits of his own to raise his batting average to .288. The Hens and Sox play game three of the four-game series on Thursday at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 32-27, 2nd in Southern division
After Tuesday's 11-2 loss to Trenton, the SeaWolves decided to bite back -- and they did, taking a 4-3 win over the Trenton Thunder on Wednesday night. Erie worked to a 4-0 lead after 6 innings, with a 2-run second, and single scores in the third and fourth. Trenton nibbled at the Erie lead with two scores in the seventh and another in the eighth. However, Trenton's comeback stalled in the ninth, courtesy of Erie reliever Edwin Almonte, who kept them scoreless while collecting his 19th save. The SeaWolves rocked Trenton pitchers for 12 hits, with LF Kurt Airoso (3 for 4), C Max St. Pierre (2 for 4), 2B Michael Woods (2 for 3), 1B Juan Tejeda (2 for 5), and RF Byron Gettis (2 for 5) leading the Erie attack. Erie starter Virgil Vasquez (2-2) got the win, giving up 2(earned) runs in 7 innings of work. Erie and Trenton close their 3 game series with a 6:05 game on Thursday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 38-19, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers defeated the Threshers 11-3. Nate Bumstead got his eighth win of the year after going seven innings, giving up three runs on two hits, walking three and striking out nine. Lakeland was down 1-0 in the fourth when Derek Nicholson doubled to score Brent Clevlen and tie the game. The L-Tigers followed with three runs in the fifth and then really opened up a lead in the seventh, scoring four runs to go up 8-1. Clearwater scored two more on Bumstead in the bottom of the seventh. Brian Rogers and Danny Zell followed Bumstead and kept the Threshers off the board for the final two innings. Garth McKinney hit his tenth home run of the season. He finished one for four with two RBI and a run. Kody Kirkland hit a three run shot in the seventh. Kirkland went two for four with three RBI and two runs scored. Nicholson went three for five including two doubles. He had three RBI and scored two runs. The L-Tigers and Threshers play the second game of the series tomorrow in Clearwater, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 27-32, 4th in East division
The Whitecaps had Wednesday off, but kick off a four game series at Southwest Michigan on Thursday at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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