Detroit Tigers - 35-33, 4th in AL Central
Carlos Silva never comes in with dominating stuff, but he nevertheless seems to get things done as he helped get the Twins to a 6-2 victory. Jason Johnson has been solid almost all year long, with the only start hurting him being that when he wasn't able to make it out of the first inning in Minnesota. That trend continued as Johnson struggled again against the Twins, giving up six runs (five earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Jamie Walker, Fernando Rodney and Troy Percival came on in relief and didn't allow a run, but it was too little, too late. Chris Shelton accounted for most of the Tigers offensive production in their 6-2 loss, including a solo home run. Shelton was 3-for-4 with both of the team's runs scored. After taking two of three from Minnesota, they'll travel to Arizona for a three game set with the Diamondbacks. First game is scheduled for 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 44-28, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens got the payback they wanted on Thursday as they beat the Ottawa Lynx 6-5 in 11 innings. Toledo held a comfortable 5-3 lead entering the ninth, but Jason Karnuth allowed two runs across, and barely escaped allowing the winning run to score, to send the game to extras. The eventual winning run came when Ryan Raburn drew a bases-loaded walk. Craig Dingman got the win and John Ennis notched the save. Kenny Baugh made the start going six innings and allowing three runs, only one of which was earned. Both teams hit the ball exceptionally well as the two combined for 29 hits, but fielding was a bit sloppy on both ends as Toledo committed two errors and the Lynx one. Curtis Granderson was 3-6 with a home run and two runs scored and Brandon Harper was 3-5 with an RBI and a double. Toledo now heads home for ten straight games at Fifth-Third Field beginning with Indianapolis at 7 p.m. on Friday in what will be a battle for first place in the IL West.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 40-33, 3rd in Southern division
The Fisher Cats gave the SeaWolves a taste of their own bitter medicine with a 7-1 win. Despite 11 hits, Erie could only manufacture one run. That run came on SS Scott Tousa's solo homer in the 5th. Starter Jeremy Johnson took the loss. Johnson (5-4) gave up 3 runs during his 6 innings on the mound. Mark Johnson relieved in the 7th and was quickly replaced by Corey Hamman after giving up one run. Hamman finished out the game and gave up the remainder of New Hampshire's runs. Erie's next game is against the Binghamton Mets Friday night at 7. Binghamton stands 4th in the Northern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 45-22, 1st in West division
Lakeland's game on Thursday was also postponed due to rain. No word yet on a makeup date. Lakeland will try to get back on the field to host Dunedin on Friday night.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 33-38, 5th in East division
West Michigan was looking for a win in their first game after the All Star break, but Lansing had other plans. The 'Caps fell to the Lugnuts Thursday, 4-2. The Whitecaps got on the board in the 5th when third baseman Nick McIntyre doubled on a grounder to right field and then scored on a Lugnuts throwing error. Right fielder Luis Sabino and first baseman Josh Lee hit back-to-back doubles in the 6th that scored Sabino. The 'Caps pitchers held the Lugnuts in check for the most part until the 7th inning when Lansing got four hits: three off of starter Dallas Trahern (L, 3-7, 3.30) and one off of reliever Lavon Lewis. Lewis replaced Ian Ostlund, who faced three batters in the middle of the 7th. Add a couple of walks, a throwing error, and a wild pitch to those four hits and the Lugnuts closed the inning with three runs and a two run lead. The West Michigan offense did not recover. The 'Caps batters went down 1-2-3 in both the 8th and 9th innings. West Michigan hosts the Lugnuts again Friday at Fifth Third Ballpark. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 2-1, 2nd in Stedler division
The O-Tigers returned to the winning side of things with an 8-1 victory over Tri-City. Burke Badenhop got the start, but as he still gets his arm stretched out, he pitched just three innings before giving way to Jose Fragoso, who got the win in relief for his two innings of relief. At the plate, Brandon Timm went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Jorge Patino had a big game from the leadoff slot, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Oneonta will now host Lowell for a two game series, with the first game coming Friday night at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor