Detroit Tigers - 35-35, 4th in AL Central
It just wasn't going to be the Tigers night, as they scattered eight hits but could only manage one run. Meanwhile the only blemish against the Tigers was via a questionable call on an attempting to turn a double play, where second base umpire Bill Welke ruled a Placido Polanco throw pulled shortstop Omar Infante off the bag (replays showed Infante was close but likely never did hit the bag). With both runners safe, the D'Backs then used a walk, an infield single, and a sacrifice fly to score a pair of runs. Maroth was responsible for both runs, but neither were earned because of the error. Maroth went 6 2/3 innings, giving up the two unearned runs while walking one and striking out two. Maroth took the loss to fall to 5-8 for the year. Brandon Inge, Rondell White and Craig Monroe each had a pair of hits, but it turned out to be Maroth who drove in the team's lone run; a single the scored Monroe in the fifth. Trying to get back in winning mode, the Tigers will send Sean Douglass to the mound for his first career start as a Tiger. Douglass will face Javier Vasquez at 9:40pm eastern.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 45-28, 1st in West division
Toledo reclaimed first place in the West division with a 7-3 victory over Indianapolis. Matt Ginter made his first start for Toledo, pitching five scoreless innings for the Mud Hens. Unfortunately for him, he took a no decision. Instead, Rob Henkel got the win in relief, despite allowing two runs in his inning of work. Jason Karnuth recorded the final two outs in the ninth to earn his 12th save of the year. At the plate, the heart of the order went to work, as Marcus Thames, Carlos Pena and Ryan Raburn (the 3, 4, and 5 hitters) combined for seven hits, five RBI and four runs scored. Toledo and Indianapolis match up again on Saturdya evening at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 40-34, 3rd in Southern division
They fought until the very end. Unfortunately for Erie, the end was a Mets RBI single that won the game 9-8. DH Juan Tejeda kicked Erie's scoring into gear with an RBI single in the first. Binghamton led 5-1 at the end of the 3rd. RF Bryon Gettis' home run in the 4th sliced the Mets lead to 3. By the 7th, Erie was down 6-2. SS Scott Tousa cut Binghamton's lead with an RBI single. Third baseman Don Kelly brought Tousa home with a ground out. Then it came down to the 9th with Erie trailing 8-4. C Max St. Pierre doubled in 2 and 1B Chris Maples followed with a 2-run homer to tie the game. The Mets' RF Victor Hall dashed the SeaWolves hope with a 1-out RBI and game-ending single in the bottom of the 9th. Erie's 4 pitchers couldn't tie down the Mets. Starter Virgil Vasquez lasted 2 2/3 innings and gave up 4 runs. Adam Peterson and Mark Johnson relieved and gave up 2 runs each. Mike Bumatay (0-3) took the loss after giving up Binghamton's game-winning run. The teams meet again Saturday night at 7.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 0-2, 5th in West division
To make for lost time, Lakeland played two games on Friday. Lakeland lost to Dunedin 3-4 in the first game. Jordan Tata (6-2) started for the L-Tigers and got the loss. Tata went six innings, gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks. Brian Hensen came on and pitched the seventh and last inning. The Blue Jays and L-Tigers played a doubleheader consisting of two abbreviated games to make up for a rainout earlier in the week. Derek Nicholson batted in all three of Lakeland's runs. Nicholson hit a two-run double in the first and a RBI single in the third. Lakeland was up 3-0 until the sixth when Dunedin scored four runs to take and lead and the game. Vincent Blue went two for three with a run scored. The L-Tigers lost both the first and second game of their doubleheader with the Blue Jays. The second game ended with the score 6-5. Jermy Rodriguez pitched the first three and a third. He gave up one run, one walk and struck out three. Eulogio DeLa Cruz came on in the fourth. In the fifth, DeLa Cruz allowed five runs, blowing the L-Tigers' three-run lead. DeLa Cruz got the loss. Danny Zell and Chris Homer followed. Each of them pitched a scoreless inning. This game, like the first in the doubleheader, was shortened. The L-Tigers and Blue Jays were making up a game that was rained out. Kelly Hunt went two for three with a RBI. Russ Cleveland finished two for three with two runs scored. The L-Tigers and Blue Jays finish their series tomorrow in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 0-2, 6th in East division
Jair Jurrjens didn't quite have the game he was hoping for coming off his All Star appearance, as he gave up eight runs in four-plus innings of work to take the loss for the Whitecaps as they fell 11-2 to Lansing. Kevin Ardoin and P.J. Finigan both made their debuts for the ‘Caps also, one going better than the other. Ardoin gave up three runs in an inning of work, but Finigan pitched two shutout innings. Brent Dlugach, Nick McIntyre and Justin Justice each had a pair of hits. The Whitecaps will try and get their first win of the new season on Saturday against Lansing at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 2-2, 2nd in Stedler division
Oneonta couldn't get off on the right foot as they lost to Lowell 6-3. Jay Sborz, just down from West Michigan, took the loss. Sborz struggled, pitching 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout. No O-Tiger had more than one hit, but Rafael Mendez, Brandon Timm and William Rhynes each drove in a run. Oneonta finishes up their run with Lowell on Saturday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor