Detroit Tigers - 28-31, 4th in AL Central
Jeremy Bonderman came out to start the game, but struggled a bit, just as his counterpart Jason Jennings did, in the first inning. Each gave up two runs. And then came the rain. After a 44 minute rain delay, the teams returned to action, and Bonderman was settled this time around. One run allowed in the fourth and one in the fifth by Bonderman kept the game close, but the Tigers kept it tied through five, then put up the go-ahead run in the sixth. Bonderman was removed after six innings; he allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. The Tigers' offense would add one more run in the 8th inning, but the bullpen wouldn't need it. Jamie Walker, Kyle Farnsworth and Troy Percival pitched the 7th, 8th and 9th innings respectively to close it out, with Percival earning his 4th save. Bonderman improved his record to 7-4. At the plate, Rondell White had a big game, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Brandon Inge also had a good game, going 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and two walks. Craig Monroe and Placido Polanco each chipped in with an RBI apiece. The two teams wrap up their three game series on Sunday when Nate Robertson faces Byung-Hyun Kim at 3:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 37-24, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens had been on a roll. They had won their last six games at home and their last four in a row overall, but on Saturday night they were brought down to earth by the Ottawa Lynx who beat them 11-2. Nothing seemed to go right for Toledo who managed only seven hits, compared to Ottawa's 16. Jason Grilli couldn't get his season back on track pitching only four and two-thirds innings and getting tagged for seven runs on 12 hits and assuming the loss to drop his record to 3-5. Curtis Granderson was the notable hitter for the Hens, being the only Toledo batter with more than one hit. Granderson went 2-4 with one run scored. The loss drops the Hens back out of first place in the IL West, and they now trail Indianapolis by a half game. Game two of four starts on Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 33-29, 3rd in Southern division
The SeaWolves saved the best for last as they defeated the Fisher Cats 5-4. The teams were tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th when CF Victor Mendez hit a game-winning home run to even the series 1-1. Erie's scoring started in the 1st when SS Don Kelly grounded into a double play that brought LF David Espinosa home. In the 7th 2B Gilberto Mejia hit an RBI single. Kelly soon followed with a 2-run single. Erie starter Joel Zumaya gave up 4 runs in a little over 7 innings of pitching. Reliever Lee Rodney came on in the 7th for the win and now holds a 3-0 record. The teams face off Sunday afternoon at 1:05 to finish out the series.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 41-19, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Miracle 2-1 in a rain-shortened, eight-inning game. Preston Larrison started on the mound for Lakeland. Larrison went five innings, gave up five hits, no walks, one run, and struck out three. Ft. Myers got their only run of the game in the second inning when Larrison's errant pick-off throw let a runner on third score. Lakeland tied the game in the fourth on a solo home run by Kelly Hunt. Eulogio DeLa Cruz replaced Larrison in the sixth and pitched for two and third innings. Game officials decided to call the game after eight. In the top of the inning, DeLa Cruz gave up a lead-off double, and the Miracle sacrificed the runner to third. With game tied 1-1, Danny Zell came in, got the last two outs and got Lakeland out of the jam. In the bottom of the eighth, Juan Francia singled in Juan Gonzalez to win the game. Danny Zell (3-2) got the win. Kelly Hunt finished one for three with a RBI and a run. Lakeland didn't manage much on offense. The L-Tigers got only four hits in the game and struck out 14 times against Miracle starter Glen Perkins. Lakeland and Ft. Myers play the second game of their series tomorrow in Lakeland, 6pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 28-34, 5th in East division
After rain delayed the start of their game forty-one minutes, the Whitecaps and Devil Rays got underway Saturday in front of 6,003 fans. Southwest Michigan topped the 'Caps 7-5 to take a 2-1 series lead. West Michigan held the Rays scoreless through six innings but, like Friday, the Southwest Michigan offense fired up in the last innings. Jair Jurrjens, Ian Ostlund, and Anthony Tomey allowed eight of the 11 Southwest Michigan hits in the 7th and 8th innings. Ostlund took the loss to bring his season record to 1-3, 2.93 ERA. The 'Caps lineup gave a solid performance that included switch hitting from DH Nick McIntyre, second baseman Stephen Young, and right fielder Luis Sabino as they faced Southwest Michigan's Matt Larson. Singles from catcher Dusty Ryan, center fielder Justin Justice, McIntyre, and Sabino combined with walks, an error, and a wild pitch from the Devil Rays defense resulted in the five 'Caps runs. West Michigan returns to the field in Battle Creek Sunday looking to tie this series. Game time is 2:05 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent