Offense, Maroth Pound Padres (6/15 Recaps)

It's as if the Tigers have begun to take the identity of the team that makes its home just across the street, that of the Detroit Lions. Every time they go up against an alleged lesser foe, they struggled and come up short. But when they go up against some of the top competition in baseball, they somehow come alive to put together two straight victories.

Detroit Tigers - 30-32, 4th in AL Central
Taking on Adam Eaton didn't appear to be a good match-up for the Tigers, especially seeing as he had won eight straight decisions. But the Tigers ignored the obvious, came out, and chased Eaton out of the game in the third inning, but not before tagging him for six runs. Placido Polanco helped lead the charge, as he drove in three runs in the first three innings on a pair of hits, en route to a 3-for-4 day with a run and three RBI. Meanwhile, Mike Maroth had been getting many bounces lately, but that changed on Wednesday night as Maroth took all that run support while giving up just one run on six hits over eight innings. Maroth also struck out five as he got his fifth win of the year. Besides Polanco's great day at the plate, Craig Monroe also had a big game, going 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, the two RBI via his 8th home run of the year. Rondell White and Brandon Inge also each chipped in with a pair of hits and an RBI apiece. Getting close to .500 again, the Tigers will try and complete the sweep on Thursday at 1:05pm with Jeremy Bonderman facing Woody Williams.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 38-26, 2nd in West division
Toledo was off on Wednesday, but return to action on Thursday when they travel to Rochester to start a series with the Red Wings.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 35-31, 3rd in Southern division
The SeaWolves brought home the bacon with an 11-6 victory over Akron. It was a sizzling night for Erie SS Don Kelly, who accounted for 6 of Erie's runs. In the third Kelly singled in a run and later scored on 1B Juan Tejeda's ground out. Fast forward to the 6th when Kelly hit a grand slam. Erie batters 3B Chris Maples and 1B Victor Mendez were repeat offenders against Akron's pitching as each accounted for two runs. Maples drove in a run in the 2nd and doubled in another in the 6th. Mendez tripled in the 4th and then scored off a wild pitch by Jake Dittler. Mendez also drove in a run in the 6th. RF David Espinosa capped off Erie's scoring with an RBI single in the 7th. Erie starter Humberto Sanchez gave up 3 runs and struck out 10 in his 5 innings of pitching. Reliever Rob Henkel (6-2) gave up the other 3 runs and came away with the win. Erie travels to play the Portland Sea Dogs Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. The Sea Dogs are first in the Northern Division of the Eastern League and are coming off a 6-game winning streak.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 44-20, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers battled through their third extra-inning game in a row to beat the Blue Jays 9-8 in thirteen innings. The L-Tigers lost to Dunedin last night in twelve and overcame Ft. Myers two nights ago in an eleven-inning game. The L-Tigers were able to capitalize on some sloppy play by Dunedin who had six errors in the game. Eulogio DeLa Cruz started for Lakeland and went four innings, gave up five runs, four hits, and three walks. DeLa Cruz gave up all five runs in the third inning, which included a grand slam by Dunedin's Eric Arnold. The L-Tigers came back in the next inning to score five of their own and led 6-5 after the fifth. Lakeland scored two more in the seventh, but Dunedin came back and scored three runs in the next two innings to tie the game up after eight. In the thirteenth, Vincent Blue walked, stole a base, and scored the go-ahead run. Danny Zell (4-2) pitched the last three and got the win for the L-Tigers. Danilo Sanchez hit his eleventh home run of the season. He finished three for five with a RBI and two runs scored. Juan Francia went three for seven with a run scored. Lakeland and Dunedin finish up their three-game series today in Dunedin, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 30-36, 5th in East division
Yikes! After two lower scoring games with the Lugnuts, West Michigan fell to Lansing 10-7 Wednesday. The loss ended the West Michigan plans for a series sweep and a lengthy winning streak. Six 'Caps pitchers took the mound to face a Lugnuts lineup determined to get the hits. Collectively, the West Michigan pitchers gave up 15 hits and walked nine. Daniel Konecny, who was third in the string of pitchers, took the loss (2-6, 3.42). The 'Caps sluggers also racked up the hits (16), but were less successful at turning them into runs. Leading the charge was shortstop Brooks Colvin who had five hits in six at bats. Colvin's 2nd inning single scored catcher Dusty Ryan and second baseman Stephen Young to add two RBIs to his stats. West Michigan opens a four-game away series with South Bend Thursday that will carry them to the all-star break. Game one gets underway at 8:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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