Detroit Tigers - 35-33, 4th in AL Central
It wasn't just that the Tigers won their fourth straight and seventh of their last eight games, but rather how they did it in their 8-1 victory. They simply took it to the Minnesota Twins, never letting up until the outcome was all but decided. Nate Robertson went the distance for the Tigers, just one day after Jeremy Bonderman pitched a complete game. Robertson gave up one unearned run over his nine innings, including six strikeouts to get his third win. The Tigers had multi-hit games from five different players, including a home run from Omar Infante, who continues his hot hitting after returning to the lineup after a break from playing when the team acquired Placido Polanco. Polanco also had two hits a run and an RBI. Craig Monroe also chipped in with two hits, two runs and one RBI (bringing him up to 46 on the year, which leads the team). The Tigers will go for the sweep on Thursday afternoon at 1:10pm with Jason Johnson going up against Carlos Silva.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 43-28, 2nd in West division
After losing their first series with Ottawa 3-1, the Toledo Mud Hens have shown that they've finally figured the Lynx out, beating them for the third straight time on Wednesday, 4-2. Hits were hard to come by for both teams, as both clubs ended up with five hits. The Hens, however, were able to put those hits together at the right time and score two runs in the third as well as two runs in the eighth to pull themselves within a half game of IL West Division leader Indianapolis. Carlos Pena had a big two-run blast in the eighth inning and finished the game with three RBI. After getting in a jam in the first, starter Jason Grilli settled down to hold the Lynx to just four hits, on his way to his fifth victory of the year. Craig Dingman got his fourth save of the season with a one-hit ninth inning. The Hens will try to sweep the Lynx Thursday at 12:05 p.m. as they send Kenny Baugh to the hill.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 40-32, 3rd in Southern division
New Hampshire rained on Erie's 6-win parade with a 6-5 win. The SeaWolves started strong with CF Victor Mendez tripling in the first run in the 2nd. One inning later, Erie got a run off 3B Don Kelly's sacrifice fly. RF Bryon Gettis turned up the heat in the 5th by singling in 2 more runs to make the score 4-1. After LF Mike Woods' home run in the 6th and a 5-1 lead, it looked like another sure win for the SeaWolves. But it was too soon to count out the Fisher Cats – who overtook the SeaWolves with a 5-run 8th fueled by LF Ron Acuna's grand slam. Tonight's loss goes to reliever Edwin Almonte (1-2), who came on in the 8th. Starter Joel Zumaya held down the fort for 7 innings and gave up only one run and struck out 8. The final match up is 12:05 p.m. Thursday. The SeaWolves lead the series 2-1.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 45-22, 1st in West division
Lakeland's game on Wednesday was postponed due to poor field conditions. No word yet on a makeup date, but now Lakeland returns home to host Dunedin for a four game series.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 33-37, 5th in East division
After the All Star break (and some lineup changes), the ‘Caps get back under way at home when they host Lansing for a four game set. The first game is Thursday at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 1-1, 2nd in Stedler division
After a big win to open the season, the O-Tigers couldn't make it two in a row to start the year as they lost to Tri-City 7-2. No one pitched more than three innings for Oneonta, as Matt Norfleet took the loss in relief as he gave up three runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. The offense didn't bring it the way the did in the opener either, as the team managed just three hits. Matt Joyce had two of the three hits for Oneonta and drove in both of the team's runs. Oneonta will now have a game at Tri-City on Thursday night at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor