Offense Awakes Against Padres' Ace (6/14 Recaps)

The Tigers series opener was slowed by a long rain delay shortly after the start of the game, but that didn't stop the Tigers from coming up with a win against one of the top teams in the National League as the Tigers were able to put up eight runs against their 1984 World Series foe.

Detroit Tigers - 29-32, 4th in AL Central
Jason Johnson has surprisingly been an extremely reliable starter for the Tigers so far this season, but unfortunately for him, he didn't get much of a chance to show it on this day, as a rain delay kept him from returning after just two innings of work. With Johnson out, Matt Ginter came on, pitching three strong innings. Fernando Rodney, the recent call-up after a rehab assignment in Toledo, got his first win of the year for pitching an inning of relief. The Tigers took a 3-1 lead on a home run by Brandon Inge, only to see that lead relinquished in the 6th inning. But Craig Monroe came up with a huge double (though it was ruled an error) to score two runs to give the team back the lead, and they rolled from there to an 8-4 victory. Placido Polanco went 3-for-4 with three runs as he continues his hot start as the newest Tiger, while no other Tiger had a multi-hit game. Luckily, that didn't matter. Brandon Inge had a monster home run to straight away center field, while Rondell White had a hit, a pair of runs (including the game winner) and an RBI. Mike Maroth will face Adam Eaton, same time, same place, hopefully this time without the rain.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 38-26, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens couldn't finish their latest series on a high note against the Ottawa Lynx on Tuesday as they lost 5-0. The Hens were held to a season-low two hits for the entire game by the Lynx pitchers. Hen's starter Wil Ledezma, however, got tagged for eight hits and four runs in his six innings of work. The loss was Ledezma's first decision as a Mud Hen and his ERA now stands at 4.50. Sandy Martinez and Gookie Dawkins were the only two Hens with hits as they both went 1-3. After dropping three of four to the Lynx the Hens will now get a day off before traveling to Rochester to start a series with the Red Wings on Thursday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 34-31, 3rd in Southern division
The Akron Aeros muzzled the SeaWolves as they defeated them 6-2. Erie's 1st run scored in the 2nd when 1B Juan Tejeda tripled and came home on RF Bryon Gettis' ground out. CF Victor Mendez tried to rally the SeaWolves with a homerun in the 9th. Besides the two runs, Erie had a total of 10 hits. Akron, however, had a slamming good time getting 18 hits, 11 off losing Erie starter Nate Cornejo (4-8). Cornejo allowed 4 runs in his 6 innings of work. Relievers Adam Peterson and Mark Johnson each gave up a run. The final game between the Aeros and the SeaWolves starts at 7:05 Wednesday evening.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 43-20, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Blue Jays 3-4. The game went twelve innings before Dunedin scored the winning run on a hit batsman with the bases loaded. Losing pitcher Jermy Rodriguez (1-1) came on to start the tenth. He gave up a one-out single in the twelfth. After a stolen base, Rodriguez intentionally walked the next batter and followed that with another walk to load the bases. Rodriguez hit the next batter with a wild pitch and the winning run came across the plate. Jordan Tata started the game for Lakeland. Tata pitched five innings, gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. Derek Nicholson had two homers in the game. He hit a two run shot in the fourth to put the L-Tigers up 2-1. Dunedin came back and tied it in the fifth and Lakeland jumped ahead again in the sixth when Nicholson hit his second home run to make it 3-2. Nicholson finished two for four with two runs scored and three RBI. Brian Rogers, who gave up the tying run in the eighth, was charged with his second blown save. Kelly Hunt was two for five with two doubles and a run scored. Dunedin trails the L-Tigers by four and a half games in the division. Lakeland has two more games against the Blue Jays before the all-star break. Tomorrow's game is played in Dunedin, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 30-35, 5th in East division
Talk about extremes! On Monday, the 'Caps waited until the 9th inning to get on the scoreboard. In their 2-1 win against the Lugnuts Tuesday, West Michigan put up two runs in the 1st and remained scoreless for the rest of the game. Fortunately, two runs got the job done. Third baseman Nick McIntyre doubled on a fly to left to get the rally going. Left fielder Jeffrey Frazier walked, followed by a single from DH Wilkin Ramirez that scored McIntyre. Shortstop Brent Dlugach delivered a line drive double to center field, sending Frazier home for two. Whitecaps pitchers Andrew Kown and Anthony Tomey held the Lugnuts in check throughout the game, guaranteeing that the two 1st-inning runs kept the Whitecaps on top. Kown (W, 2-6, 4.30 ERA) allowed only three hits and the lone Lugnuts run in his seven innings on the mound. Kown had the Lugnuts looking & swinging, taking down five batters on strikes. Reliever Tomey (S, 3) threw for two hitless innings and struck out one. The Whitecaps now lead the Lugnuts 2-0 in this series. The teams meet again Wednesday. Play gets underway at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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