Tigers Prep for Big Week on Off Day (6/13 Recaps)

The Tigers had Monday off as they attempt to regroup after returning from a road trip in which their bats just couldn't find their way as the fell further away from the .500 mark. Hopefully, the day off was put to good use, as the road doesn't get any easier.

Detroit Tigers - 28-32, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers had a day off, and hopefully used it to iron out their problems at the plate so that they can return to their early season form and return to being among the league leaders in offense. It certainly won't get easier for that group, as they'll go up against San Diego stud Jake Peavy. Jason Johnson takes the mound Tuesday night at 7:05pm for Detroit.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 38-25, 2nd in West division
When the Hens needed a win to break out of their two-game losing streak they went to what's been working all year long; Sean Douglass. Douglass, who has been almost perfect this year pitched a strong seven and one third innings and got his ninth win of the season improving him to 9-1 on the year, as the Hens beat Ottawa 3-2. His night included only eight strikeouts with only five hits, and his ERA stands now at just above 3.00. The Mud Hens almost blew an early lead for the second night in a row but relievers Vic Darensbourg and Craig Dingman were able to come in and shut down the Lynx hitters for the final one and two-thirds innings to preserve the win for Douglass. Curtis Granderson, Carlos Pena, and Alexis Gomez all registered two hits for the Hens. The series concludes on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 34-30, 3rd in Southern division
All was quiet on the SeaWolves front as they fell 6-1 to the Akron Aeros. LF David Espinosa tripled in the 1st and came home on a wild pitch by Akron's Fausto Carmona. The SeaWolves mustered only 3 more hits in the game- 2 from 3B Don Kelly and 1 from SS Gilberto Mejia. Erie starter Virgil Vasquez (2-3) suffered the loss after giving up Akron's 6 runs in his 5 2/3 innings on the mound. Relievers Mike Bumatay and Corey Hamman finished the game and shut down Akron's hitters the rest of the way. The two teams face off again Tuesday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 43-19, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Miracle 2-1 in a well-pitched game that ended up going eleven innings. Kelly Hunt won the game with a RBI single to score Juan Francia with the bases loaded. Nate Bumstead started on the mound for Lakeland. He pitched eight innings, gave up six hits, two walks and one run. Neither team was giving up runs. The game was scoreless until the fifth when the Miracle led off the inning with three straight singles and eventually got a run across. Lakeland tied it up in the sixth. Danilo Sanchez started the inning with a double and scored on a sac fly by Vincent Blue. The L-Tigers had a chance to end it in the bottom of the ninth. Vincent Blue hit a leadoff double but Lakeland could not get him home to score the winning run. Chris Homer (2-3) pitched the tenth and eleventh and got the win. Both Bumstead and Homer will be playing in Florida State League's All Star Game this weekend. Bumstead has an 8-1 record with an ERA at 2.76. Homer leads the league in saves with 15. With the win, Lakeland clinched the Florida State League's West division first half crown. The honor also guarantees the club a slot in the Florida State League playoffs later on this summer. The L-Tigers begin a three-game series against Dunedin tomorrow before heading into the all-star break.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 29-35, 5th in East division
The 'Caps opened their new series with a dramatic win Monday, topping the Lugnuts 4-3. After eight scoreless innings, West Michigan got in on the offensive action at the eleventh hour. Shortstop Nick McIntyre singled with one out in the bottom of the 9th to get a rally started. Right fielder Luis Sabino doubled to send McIntyre home, and then scored himself when catcher Dusty Ryan singled on a pop up to the Lugnuts shortstop. DH Wilkin Ramirez grounded out to end the 9th and the teams were on to extra innings. The game was again tied in the 10th -- Lansing and West Michigan put up one run each. Center fielder Justin Justice singled for the 'Caps and advanced on a sacrifice bunt, ground out, and fielding error to score the tying run. The 11th inning was scoreless. In the bottom of the 12th, Justice singled to put the game-winning run on base and then sealed the deal by crossing the plate as second baseman Stephen Young reached on a fielding error by the Lugnuts first baseman. Ian Ostlund (2-3, 2.83) was the closing and winning pitcher for the 'Caps. Ostlund struck out two of the four Lugnuts he faced. With six games to go before the all-star break, West Michigan will look to build momentum from this win to carry them into the second half of the season. The 'Caps take on the Lugnuts again Tuesday. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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