Detroit Tigers - 27-30, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers kick off a three game series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on Friday night when Mike Maroth goes up against Jamey Wright at 5:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 36-23, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens couldn't end their game with Pawtucket in the standard nine innings, instead it took them up until the 12th inning to put the Red Sox away. Wilfredo Ledezma made his first start of the year for Toledo, giving up two runs in six innings of work – he took a no decision for his effort. Of course he had the lead when he left, only to see John Ennis lose it right after relieving Ledezma in the 7th. Jason Karnuth got the win in relief for getting the final two outs in the top of the 12th. After Karnuth took care of business in the top half, the offense finally kicked it up, as Curtis Granderson walked, stole second, then made it on home via an RBI single by Carlos Pena. That wasn't Granderson's only noteworthy accomplishment of the game, as he also blasted a pair of solo home runs. Pena drove the offense the rest of the way; going 3-for-5 with two RBI. The Mud Hens will try and keep it going as they go up against Pawtucket again at 7:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 32-28, 3rd in Southern division
No cigars for the SeaWolves to pass around as they lost 3-2 against Trenton to close out their 3-game series. Erie's scoring was confined to 2 runs in the 4th. The first run scored on CF Victor Mendez's RBI single. C Mike Rabelo scored the second run on a Trenton fielding error. The loss went to Erie's starting pitcher Nate Cornejo (4-7), who allowed Trenton's 3 runs in 5 innings on the mound. The SeaWolves welcome New Hampshire Friday at 7:05 p.m. New Hampshire stands 2nd in the Northern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 39-19, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Threshers 7-5. Jordan Tata got the win and improved his record to 6-1. Tata pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on five hits and one walk. Lakeland went up by two runs in the second and stayed ahead for the rest of the game. The L-Tigers added to their lead in the fifth with five more. In the fifth, Kelly Hunt hit a three-run double. Derek Nicholson got Hunt across the plate with his second double of the game and later scored on a wild pitch. The Threshers came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Clearwater scored one more against Tata in the bottom of the seventh. Lakeland's bullpen came on in the eighth to wrap things up. Brian Rogers started the eighth but came out after hitting a batter and putting a man on. Danny Zell came on to finish the inning. Chris Homer pitched the ninth and got save number 15. Derek Nicholson was two for three with a RBI and two runs scored. Kelly Hunt finished one for five with three RBI and a run. The L-Tigers have won the first two games of this three-game series against the Threshers. The third game is tomorrow in Clearwater, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 27-33, 5th in East division
Hit for hit, the Whitecaps and the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays were evenly matched Thursday. Both lineups produced eight hits, but the Whitecaps were edged out when it came to runs. West Michigan lost the first game of their current series 4-1. Shortstop Brent Dlugach added a homer to his stats in the 5th. Dlugach sent a solo blast out of the park for his third HR of the season and the 'Caps only run. Starting pitcher Andrew Kown (L 1-6, 4.65) saw all the action in his seven innings on the mound while reliever Collin Mahoney, who pitched the last inning, held the Rays hitless and scoreless. The 'Caps will have another go at the Rays on Friday when they meet Southwest Michigan at 7:05 p.m.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor