Thin Air No Help to Tiger Offense (6/10 Recaps)

The thin Rocky Mountain air is typically supposed to help offenses, but instead it worked in reverse for the Tigers, as the Tigers managed just six hits and were only able to get five men into scoring position over the course of the game.

Detroit Tigers - 27-31, 4th in AL Central
It was another tough game for Mike Maroth, who despite turning in another strong start, took the loss to fall to 4-7 on the year. Maroth's only blemish was a two run home run that he gave up to Garrett Atkins in the 6th. That proved to be the difference as the Rockies went on to win 2-0. Maroth gave up those two runs on seven hits in seven innings. The offense on the other hand put together just six hits, and only one of the extra base variety (which was a double by Nook Logan). Placido Polanco had a hit in four at bats in his first game as a Tiger, but he did leave four runners on base. Logan was the only Tiger that had more than one hit, as he went 2-for-3 and also reached base on an error by Todd Helton. The Tigers ended up receiving four of their six hits from the 8 and 9 spots, as Mike Maroth contributed with a hit, and Chris Shelton had a single as well when he pinch hit for Maroth in the 8th. The Tigers will look to get back on the winning side of things on Saturday when they send the ace to the mound. Jeremy Bonderman faces Jason Jennings at 8:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 37-23, 1st in West division
For the second straight game, the Hens and Red Sox went into extra innings on Friday, and the outcome was just the same as Toledo completed the four-game sweep of Pawtucket winning 6-5. Pawtucket managed to keep the upper hand throughout most of the game, however Toledo was always able to answer back and did so in the ninth inning, scoring the one run they needed to tie the game at five and send it into extra frames. And one extra inning was all the Hens would need as Jack Hannahan singled in the winning run with the bases loaded and no outs. Ryan Raburn was one of four Hens hitters with two hits, as he finished the game 2-3 with a homerun, two RBI, and two walks. Nelson Cruz got the win despite being sent to the bullpen to make room for Wil Ledezma, which puts Cruz's record at 5-4 on the year. The win is the Hen's fourth straight and puts them back on top of the IL West just a half game ahead of Indianapolis. The Ottawa Lynx come to town on Saturday to begin a four game series that will start at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 32-29, 3rd in Southern division
It was no T.G.I.F. for the Erie SeaWolves as they fell 9-2 to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Erie's first run came in the 2nd. RF Bryon Gettis tripled and later scored when 2B Mike Woods grounded out. C Max St. Pierre drove in Erie's second run in the 4th with a sacrifice fly. Starting and losing pitcher Humberto Sanchez (0-1) surrendered 5 runs in 4 innings of work. Rob Henkel relieved Sanchez in the 5th and gave up another 4 runs in 4 innings on the mound. Erie's leading hitters in the game were St. Pierre (2 for 3) and 1B Juan Tejeda (2 for 4). Game two of Erie and New Hampshire's 3-game series kicks off Saturday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 39-19, 1st in West division
As the summer comes in Florida, so too does the rain. Lakeland and Clearwater were rained out on Friday night, but will hope to get in their game on Saturday.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 28-33, 5th in East division
The 'Caps bats were as hot as the 93 degree night Friday. Fifteen hits and two big scoring innings put West Michigan firmly in the win column. With three men on in the 5th, center fielder Luis Sabino tripled to send all three home, and then scored himself on a throwing error by the Devil Rays center fielder. In the 8th, the 'Caps turned hits into runs with the help of the struggling Southwest Michigan defense. Four of the five West Michigan runs were the result of walks and errors. The Whitecaps defense allowed three runs in the first seven innings--one each in the 1st, 4th, and 5th. With reliever Jay Sborz on the mound in the 8th, eight Southwest Michigan batters rallied for five runs. Ed Clelland came in to close out the game, retiring the final Devil Ray on a strikeout. Starter Matthew Righter (4-0, 2.37) got the win. The teams meet again Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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