Detroit Tigers - 31-32, 4th in AL Central
Jeremy Bonderman became the fastest Tiger starter to reach 8 wins since David Wells in 1993 when he took away his 8th win of the year in the Tigers 3-1 victory over San Diego. The win completed the sweep, the Tigers third sweep of the season. After a leadoff home run to Dave Roberts, Jeremy Bonderman gave up only three hits for the rest of his outing, as he gave up a run through seven innings to get the win. Jamie Walker pitched a scoreless eighth, then Troy Percival came out and shut down the Padres in the ninth to earn his fifth save. Chris Shelton helped drive the offense, with an RBI single in the 2nd, and then a solo home run in the 7th. Dmitri Young had the other RBI, a sacrifice fly that scored Ivan Rodriguez and gave the Tigers the lead in the 3rd inning. Rodriguez went 2-for-3 as well as that run scored. Knocking on .500's door again, the Tigers have a three game set with the struggling San Francisco Giants coming to town. Now, it's time for the Tigers to prove they can beat the teams they should. Nate Robertson faces Jason Schmidt at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 39-26, 2nd in West division
The Hens played enough defense on Thursday to get their 39th win of the season, but on the offensive side all they needed was one swing to cement the victory. Marcus Thames, in only his third game with the Hens this season blasted his third home run of the year in the top of the sixth which proved to be the difference as the Hens beat Rochester 1-0. The pitching duties were shared by starter Andrew Good, Craig Dingman, Jason Karnuth, and Vic Darensbourg who combined to allow the Red Wings nine hits. Good earned the win to improve to 2-2 and Darensbourg got his fifth save of the year. Thames was the only Toledo player with more than one hit going 2-3, as the Hens were held to just six hits as a team. The second game of the series starts at 7:05 p.m. on Friday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 35-31, 3rd in Southern division
Erie got Thursday off, but is back in action Friday night when they start a three game series in Portland. First game is set for 7:05pm.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 45-20, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers closed out the first half of the season with a 10-1 trouncing of the Blue Jays. Winning pitcher Justin Verlander (9-2) threw seven innings, striking out nine, giving up seven hits, one walk and one run. Brain Hensen came on for the last two innings and allowed one hit, and one walk. Danilo Sanchez continues to swing a hot bat going into the all-star break. Sanchez was three for five with three doubles, three RBI, and a run. Kelly Hunt went two for five with two RBI and a run scored. Verlander's ninth win was an exclamation point on what has been a stellar beginning to his professional career. Verlander was taken by Detroit with the second pick of last year's draft. He is leading the league in ERA (1.71) and strikeouts (95). He's allowed 63 hits, 18 runs, and 18 walks in 79 innings. Verlander and nine other L-Tigers are playing in this weekend's 43rd annual FSL all-star game in Clearwater. The L-Tigers (45-20) finished the first half of the season with the best record in the league. Lakeland won the first half West Division pennant, which assures them a playoff spot at the end of the season. The L-Tigers will play the winner of the division winner of the second half of the season. If Lakeland repeats as division champs, they would face a wild card team.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 31-36, 5th in East division
Drama! West Michigan just can't get enough of it lately. Thursday's 10-5 win over the South Bend Silverhawks gave the fans a show in extra innings. After 9, the teams were tied 4-4. The 10th, 11th, and 12th innings were scoreless with both lineups retiring quickly. Then it was on to lucky 13. West Michigan batted through their lineup and managed to get six runs out of three hits. South Bend's defense contributed walks, errors, and a wild pitch that bolstered the 'Caps effort. Left fielder Matt Parrish singled to send third baseman Wilkin Ramirez, who despite striking out swinging made it to first on the wild pitch, home for run #1. Catcher Andrew Graham singled to score Parrish and right fielder Luis Sabino, who walked to first. Finally, a big line drive double from DH Brooks Colvin sent first baseman Jeffrey Frazier, who was intentionally walked, and Graham back to the dugout. Two quick outs ended the inning with the 'Caps ahead 10-4. South Bend put up one run in the bottom of the 13th to end the game 10-5. West Michigan closer Ed Clelland got the win, his first this season. The teams meet again Friday in South Bend. Game time is 8:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent