Comeback's the Word for the Tigers (6/19 Recaps)

One comeback wasn't enough for the Tigers, so they decided to make it two before putting away San Francisco in extra innings on Sunday afternoon. While the Tigers haven't been a power hitting team this season, on Sunday they used the long ball first to tie the game up, and then to run away with the victory.

Detroit Tigers - 33-33, 4th in AL Central
Mike Maroth stepped up for the Tigers and made his start Sunday on just three days rest, and kept the Tigers in the game for his five innings. Maroth gave up four runs in five innings, leaving the game with the score tied at four apiece. Deivi Cruz's RBI single in the eighth gave the Giants a one run lead, but the Tigers got it back in the bottom half of the inning, when Omar Infante drove in Alexis Gomez with an RBI triple. Now tied at five, the Giants then teed off on Tiger closer Troy Percival, as the Giants opened up a three run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. But the Tigers persevered, and after Craig Monroe's sacrifice fly got one run in, Chris Shelton blasted a home run over the right field fence, knotting the game up at 8 all. Jamie Walker held serve in the 10th inning, and then the newly acquired Placido Polanco continued to put his early mark on the team, as he blasted a two run home run to left to give the Tigers a 10-8 victory, and returning them to .500. Walker would get the win in relief. Besides Shelton's big homer, Ivan Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a run, and Rondell White went 2-for-4, including a solo home run in the second inning. The Tigers have Monday off before returning to divisional action, starting a three game series in Minneapolis with the Twins. Jeremy Bonderman takes on Kyle Lohse at 8:10pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 40-28, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens got another solid outing from Sean Douglass on Sunday, but a late rally by Rochester blew the opportunity to give Douglass his tenth win of the season as the Red Wings beat Toledo 5-4 in 11 innings. Douglass went seven and one-third innings only allowing two hits and one run while fanning seven hitters. Curtis Granderson went 1-3, but made his one hit count, blasting a triple with the bases loaded, accounting for 3 RBI. Kevin Hooper and Mike Hessman both went 2-5. The Hens now look to exact some revenge on the Ottawa Lynx for the beating they gave Toledo last week at Fifth Third Field. First pitch on Monday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 38-31, 2nd in Southern division
Ladies and Gentlemen – get out your brooms. The SeaWolves whipped the Sea Dogs, winning 11-4 to complete a 3-game sweep. Hang a star on RF Bryon Gettis for scoring twice off errors in the 5th and 8th and singling in two runs in the 9th. Let's also solute SS Don Kelly, who launched a grand slam with 2 outs in the 7th to take Erie to a 5-3 lead. CF Victor Mendez scored in the 8th on 3B Chris Maples' sacrifice fly and DH Kurt Airoso doubled in two more in the 9th. Lee Rodney (4-0) earned the win after relieving starter Virgil Vasquez in the 6th. Rodney gave up 2 hits and struck out 5. Reliever Corey Hamman finished the game and collected the save. Erie's next assignment is to play New Hampshire Monday night at 7:05. Both Erie and New Hampshire are 2nd in their divisions.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 45-20, 1st in West division
After the conclusion of All Star weekend, Lakeland gets back into action on Monday (minus a few key players who defected to AA Erie) when they travel to Fort Wayne at 7:05pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 33-37, 5th in East division
The Whitecaps wrapped up their series with South Bend Sunday by stomping the Silverhawks 11-5. The 'Caps sluggers were led by first baseman Josh Lee who added stats to all his columns. Lee ended the game with a single, a double, a triple, a two-run homer, three runs, and two RBIs. The homer came on a fly ball to right field in the top of the 9th. Left fielder Jeffrey Frazier blasted a two-run homer to left field in the top of the 5th for his 6th HR of the season. In all, West Michigan put up 17 hits and Frazier led the RBIs with three. All five Silverhawks runs were scored on starter Andrew Kown's watch. Kown (W, 3-6, 4.62 ERA) threw for five innings, giving up eight hits and a two-run line drive homer to the South Bend catcher. The Whitecaps return home to Comstock Park for the all-start break. They open the second half of the season on Thursday against the Lansing Lugnuts.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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