Tigers Roll to Victory (6/18 Recaps)

It appeared as if the Tigers were going to get off to a bad start on Saturday when the Giants put up two runs and three hits in the top of the first inning. But then the offense came right back with two solo home runs in the bottom half of the inning. From that point on, Jason Johnson settled down and the offense kept rolling.

Detroit Tigers - 32-33, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers weren't going to let those two runs get the better of them after San Francisco started off hot. Instead, they got hot and Jason Johnson relaxed as the team rolled to an 8-2 victory. Johnson gave up those two runs to start the game, but was strong the rest of the way, not allowing a run the rest of the way. For the game, Johnson went eight innings, allowing two runs on nine hits with four strikeouts. Johnson got the win to improve to 5-5 on the season. At the plate, Brandon Inge was the star, going 3-for-4, including a leadoff home run after the Giants took that early two run lead. Rondell White followed that up two batters later with a solo home run of his own, his only hit of the game. Among the other notables, Ivan Rodriguez and Omar Infante both went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, with Chris Shelton going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. The rubber match comes Sunday afternoon with Mike Maroth, pitching on short rest, facing Jesse Foppert at 1:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 40-27, 2nd in West division
Toledo couldn't make it three straight against the Rochester Red Wings on Saturday as a four-run seventh inning for the Wings was enough to put away the Hens 5-3. Marcus Thames' home run in the second inning put the Hens up 1-0, but the Wings tied the game in the sixth scoring one run of their own. Both teams exploded in the seventh inning combining to score six runs, but Rochester was able to score the majority of those, and hang on for the victory. Kenny Baugh did not earn a decision but went sixth and one third innings while giving up three runs on eight hits and striking out four. John Ennis was tagged with the loss dropping his record to 1-4 on the year. Ryan Raburn and Gookie Dawkins both went 2-4 at the plate and Carlos Pena drove in two Hen-runs. The Hens send Sean Douglass to the mound on Sunday to try and close out the series with Rochester on a high note. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 37-31, 3rd in Southern division
Chomping at the bits was Erie's motto as they defeated Portland 6-2. Third baseman Don Kelly ignited the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd. C Mike Rabelo continued the trend in the 4th with a sacrifice fly to bring in Erie's 2nd run. SS Gilberto Mejia quickly followed with a single to drive in 2 more runs. Espinosa closed the 4th with an RBI double. In the 8th DH Kurt Airoso hit a sacrifice fly to send home Erie's final run. Six innings was all Erie starter Jeremy Johnson needed to get the win. Before Adam Peterson took the mound in relief, Johnson gave up only 4 hits and lowered his ERA to 3.88. Reliever Edwin Almonte came in for his 21st save. The final showdown is Sunday afternoon at 1.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 45-20, 1st in West division
With 10 L-Tigers on the All-Star roster, some of them were bound to have a good weekend. Well, several of them did. After winning the homerun derby with nine in the final round, Brent Clevlen iced the West's victory in the mid-summer classic with a solo shot to left in the 8th inning, extending their lead to 6-4. Clevlen and fellow top prospect Kody Kirkland finished the day 1-4 and 2-3 respectively, with each scoring twice. Centerfielder Vincent Blue also had a nice day, going 2-2 at the plate while driving in a run. The day wasn't so kind to L-Tigers Juan Francia, Danilo Sanchez, and Scott Tousa, who combined to go 0-6 with a strikeout. On the mound, right-hander Jordan Tata started the game for the West, tossing one inning, giving up a hit and a run, while striking out one. Fellow starter Nate Bumstead came on to pitch the third inning, allowing a hit, while also striking out one batter. The last Lakeland pitcher to see action on the night was closer Chris Homer, who recorded two outs without allowing a run to help seal the win for the West All-Stars. Not seeing action in the game was L-Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Verlander just pitched Thursday, and was held out of the game deliberately.
- Mark Anderson, Minor League Editor

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 32-37, 5th in East division
The 'Caps were on their way to sweep South Bend in this last series before the all-star game. The Silverhawks had other plans, however, and topped West Michigan 4-1 Saturday. Two 'Caps used the game for a little batting practice. Left fielder Jeffrey Frazier had three hits in four at bats and third baseman Wilkin Ramirez produced two hits and the RBI that put his team on the scoreboard. That lone run came in the 6th inning when a Ramirez single sent second baseman Stephen Young home. Josh Rainwater (1-2, 2.27 ERA) took his first loss this month. Rainwater gave up six hits, four runs, two walks, a home run, and struck out four. Reliever Daniel Konecny allowed only one hit and held the Silverhawks scoreless in his two innings on the mound. West Michigan closes out this series Sunday in South Bend. Game time is 2:00 p.m..
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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