Detroit Tigers - 31-33, 4th in AL Central
It just wasn't going to be the Tigers night, as Jason Schmidt, who has struggled all year long for the Giants, somehow put everything together and shut out the Tigers in their 4-0 victory. Schmidt pitched eight shutout innings. On the other side, Nate Robertson gave up four runs in seven innings, and while he's carrying an ERA close to that of Jeremy Bonderman, Robertson still has just two wins on the year, while Bonderman has eight. At the plate, the Tigers could only manage seven singles, as they struggled to get runners into scoring position all night long. Dmitri Young and Placido Polanco each had a pair of hits apiece. Jason Johnson will face Kirk Reuter on Saturday night at 7:05pm, where he'll try and get the Tigers back in the win column.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 40-26, 2nd in West division
The ‘Hens weren't able to finish their game on Friday night against Rochester, but they got through the required five innings, so it was enough for Toledo's 3-1 lead to result in a win. Jason Grilli got the win, pitching five strong innings, giving up just the one run while walking three and striking out two. It was Grilli's first win since May 27th. Carlos Pena provided the game winning runs, as he went 2-for-3, including a solo home run in the first and an RBI double in the third. Kevin Hooper added an RBI double in the fourth to give the Hens some breathing room. They'll try and get a full game in on Saturday night in Rochester at 7:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 36-31, 3rd in Southern division
Mark Twain said, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog" and the SeaWolves had one fun fight as they chowed down the 1st place Sea Dogs 9-0. The SeaWolves shattered Portland's 6-game winning streak. SS Don Kelly and DH Kurt Airoso started the SeaWolves' attack in the 3rd. Kelly grounded into a double play with CF Victor Mendez able to make it home for the first run. Airoso singled in Erie's second run later in the inning. Erie brought in 5 more runs in the 5th, lead by Kelly's RBI double. Second baseman Mike Woods drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in another run. With the bases loaded, Mendez rocked a bases-clearing double. Airoso wrapped a ribbon around the win with a 9th-inning homer. Third baseman Chris Maples added the bow with an RBI single. In his 6 innings, starter Joel Zumaya (5-3) earned the win after giving up only 4 hits and striking out 8. Game two of the 3-game series kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 45-20, 1st in West division
Lakeland has finished up the first half of its season, and will now have a few days off for the Florida State League All Star break. The L-Tigers have a league-high 10 players in the game on Saturday evening in Clearwater.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 32-36, 5th in East division
The Whitecaps topped South Bend Friday 3-1. Winning pitcher Dallas Trahern (3-6, 3.12) took on 27 'Hawks batters in eight innings, giving up the lone South Bend run and striking out two. Anthony Tomey faced the final batter of the game with two on and two out to get the save, his fourth this year. Shortstop Brent Dlugach put the 'Caps on the board in the 2nd when he crossed home on a force out grounder and again in the 4th when he led off the inning with a solo homer to right field. Dlugach, who recently shared with Tigstown that he is working on his batting, saw definite results Friday. Dlugach also predicted a strong second half for the 'Caps, and recent wins show that he just may be right. The Whitecaps meet the Silverhawks again Saturday. Play gets underway at 8:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent