Bonderman, Verlander Shine in Wins (6/21 Recaps)

It was simply a Detroit day on Tuesday night, as not only did the Detroit Tigers step up, but the Detroit Pistons did as well. But while the Pistons were battling, the Tigers came out and shut down the reigning division champs. Meanwhile, the Tigers top pick from a year ago showed exactly why he was selected so high in his Double-A debut.

Detroit Tigers - 34-33, 4th in AL Central
The Twins were hoping to continue their dominance over the Tigers, but instead Jeremy Bonderman emerged to shut down Minnesota and the Twins simply couldn't do anything about it en route to Detroit's 7-2 victory. Bonderman went the distance to earn his fourth win in five starts, allowing two runs on five hits. Bonderman also struck out nine Twins. Chris Shelton had a two run single in the 4th inning to take the lead, meanwhile Dmitri Young would add a two run home run to start to pull away in the fifth inning. A Craig Monroe double added to the scoring and provided Bonderman with a five run lead, which proved to be plenty for him to convert the victory. Placido Polanco also added three hits and two runs for the Tigers in the two hole. Ivan Rodriguez had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI for Detroit. The Tigers will try and keep the hot streak going when Nate Robertson faces Joe Mays on Wednesday night at 8:10pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 42-28, 2nd in West division
Andrew Good made it his third win of the year and the Mud Hens made it their second victory in a row on Tuesday as they beat the Ottawa Lynx 5-2. Good, who is now 3-2 with an ERA of 4.80 pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and five strikeouts. Jason Karnuth and Vic Darensbourg combined to close out the ninth inning with Darensbourg getting his sixth save of the year. Toledo was actually outhit by the Lynx and committed two errors compared to Ottawa's one, but the Hens were able to put runs across the plate when it counted, most notably a three-run homerun by Ryan Raburn in the sixth inning. Raburn was one of three Hens with two hits, one of which was Carlos Pena who continues to hit well on his assignment to Toledo. The third game of the series in on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 40-31, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves should visit the New Hampshire Fisher Cats more often! Erie extinguished New Hampshire 12-0 in game two of their 4-game series. The scoring mayhem started in the 2nd with runs coming from LF Mike Woods' RBI single and 1B Chris Maples' sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, SS Scott Tousa tripled in two more to make the lead 4-0. DH Kurt Airoso popped a home run in the 4th and Woods doubled in run # 6 in the 5th. Erie exploded in the 6th with 3B Don Kelly's 3-run homer. Maples continued with an RBI single and Woods followed to triple home 2 more runs, making the score 12-0. Erie's man on the mound was starter Justin Verlander. In his debut, Verlander struck out 11 in 7 innings and gave up only one hit on his way to the win. Mark Johnson relieved in the 8th and continued the shutout. Erie's winning streak is now at 6 games. The SeaWolves go for 7 in a row Wednesday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 45-22, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost their second straight to Ft. Myers, this time by the score of 5-1. Lakeland was unable to capitalize on its scoring opportunities. The L-Tigers collected ten hits but stranded six runners. Randor Bierd started for Lakeland and got the loss. Bierd made his third appearance for the L-Tigers since coming in from Erie. He threw six innings, gave up nine hits, five runs and recorded four strikeouts. With the score 5-1, Eulogio DeLa Cruz came on to pitch the last two innings. He didn't allow a hit, struck out two and walked one. Vincent Blue went three for four and scored the L-Tigers only run on a RBI single by Brent Clevlen. Clevlen finished one for four with the RBI. Lakeland will try and salvage at least one win against the Miracle when they finish their three-game series in Ft. Myers tomorrow, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 33-37, 5th in East division
All four Whitecaps got in on the action at the Midwest League's All Star game as the East team went on to victory 4-2. Wilkin Ramirez started at designated hitter, going 1-for-3 with a run. Brent Dlugach didn't start but got in the game and made the most of his opportunity, going 2-for-2 with a run scored. Both Jair Jurrjens and Anthony Tomey also got into the game, each pitching a scoreless inning with a strikeout. The ‘Caps still have Wednesday off before returning to action on Thursday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

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