D'Backs Dominate on Sunday (6/26 Recaps)

Going into a game where you sent your ace to the mound, with the opposition sending a struggling youngster to face him as well as taking their top two hitters of the lineup for the day, you'd probably like your chances for that game. Little did the Tigers know, that situation wouldn't play out so well for them.

Detroit Tigers - 36-36, 4th in AL Central
There are days when you head out to the mound, and for whatever reason, just don't have ‘it'. It was that kind of day for Jeremy Bonderman, who couldn't make it out of the third inning for the Tigers. Bonderman allowed eight runs on nine hits before being removed. The bullpen didn't fare much better though, as The D'Backs got five more runs off of Doug Creek and Chris Spurling. Only Fernando Rodney had any success, blanking Arizona for the final two innings. The offense started off extremely slow, managing just one hit through the first six innings. Only a five run seventh (and two more in the ninth) brought the score back to a somewhat respectable final of 13-7. Omar Infante helped get the offense going with a three home run in the seventh. Craig Monroe and Dmitri Young also each had a pair of hits, and Jason Smith finally started to see his bat come around with two hits and two runs. The Tigers take Monday off but get back into action when they host the division leading Chicago White Sox.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 46-29, 1st in West division
It was a rough night for Toledo pitchers as the Mud Hens fell 8-3. Wilfredo Ledezma got the start but struggled mightily, as he gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. More notably, Ledezma walked seven batters over that stretch as he fell to 1-2 since being sent down. Rob Henkel came on in relief but didn't fare much better, giving up three more runs in 2 1/3 innings. At the plate, Mike Hessman had a solo home run, while Kevin Hooper had a pair of hits in the leadoff role. Curtis Granderson added a double and a run, and Gookie Dawkins had a triple and a run. Toledo faces Indianapolis again at 2pm on Sunday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AA Erie SeaWolves - 41-35, 2nd in Southern division
The 93-degree game weather was hot – but the SeaWolves were hotter as they won 13-7 against the Mets. Roll out the red carpet for SeaWolves star C Max St. Pierre. Erie's catcher drove in 4 runs, 2 with a single in the 1st and 2 with a double in the 8th. Add 3 runs courtesy of SS Scott Tousa who slammed a 2-run homer in the 4th and drove in another the following inning. DH-1B Mike Rabelo was another big hitter accounting for 3 runs of his own. Rabelo tripled in 2 in the 5th and doubled in one more in the 8th. LF-CF Mike Woods knocked in 2 – an RBI double in the 4th and an RBI single in the 7th. RF Bryon Gettis started Erie's onslaught with an RBI single in the 1st. Starter Humberto Sanchez pitched 6 innings and got the win. Sanchez gave up 3 of the Mets' 7 runs. Reliever Lee Rodney came on in the 7th and gave up 4 runs in 1 2/3 innings of work. Corey Hamman relieved and kept the Mets scoreless the rest of the game. The series winner will be determined Sunday afternoon at 1:30.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-3, 5th in West division
The L-Tigers lost to Dunedin, who completed a three-game sweep against Lakeland by winning 8-4. Nate Bumstead (8-2) lost for the second time this year. He pitched six and a third innings, gave up nine hits, seven runs (only two earned), and two walks. The L-Tigers were up 3-0 after the first inning thanks to Kelly Hunt who hit a two-run double, then scored. Lakeland added another run in the bottom of the second on Danilo Sanchez's home run, which is number 13 on the season for him. However, Lakeland collapsed in the fourth. The L-Tigers had two fielding errors in the inning and the Blue Jays scored five runs to take the lead. Dunedin got another three runs in the seventh to put the game away. Bumstead came out in the seventh after giving up two straight one-out singles. Brian Rogers came on in relief but could not get out of the inning unharmed. Felix Sanchez came on and pitched the last two for Lakeland. Kelly Hunt finished two for four with two RBI and a run. Danilo Sanchez was one for three with the homer. Vincent Blue was two for five with a run scored. The L-Tigers had the best record in the league for the first half of the season but have made a slow 0-3 start in the second half. The L-Tigers look to turn things around in a three-game series against Sarasota. The first game is tomorrow in Sarasota, 6pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 1-3, 6th in East division
Ah, victory. West Michigan edged out the Lugnuts Sunday 7-6 in 10 innings. While the runs column was close, the Whitecaps lineup out- hit Lansing (14 for WMI, 6 for LAN). Shortstop Brent Dlugach led the charge with three hits and three runs. DH Wilkin Ramirez sent a 5th inning solo shot to left center for his 9th run of the season. To produce the game-winning run, the trio of center fielder Justin Justice, second baseman Stephen Young, and third baseman Brooks Colvin each stepped up with two outs in the 10th and hit textbook singles. Justice hustled on the Young single to advance to 3rd and get in scoring position. Colvin singled to score Justice and the 'Caps ended their losing streak. On the mound, reliever Kevin Ardoin got the win for his effort in the final innings of the game. Ardoin is among the new faces that 'Caps fans will see during the second half of the 2005 season. West Michigan is on the road to Dayton to open a three-game series. Game time Monday is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 3-3, 2nd in Stedler division
Oneonta got back in the win column with a 6-4 win over Lowell. Guillermo Moscoso got the start and did well, giving up two runs in five innings. Jake Baxter came on in relief, pitching two innings to get the win. Despite scoring six, the O-Tigers had just three RBI, scoring the other three runs via some of Lowell's five errors. At the plate, Leonardo Grullon went 2-for-4 including a solo home run, and Clete Thomas had a big game, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Oneonta travels to Vermont now to start a three game series.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 2-0, 1st in North division
The GCL Tigers improved to 2-0 on the year with an 8-4 win over the GCL Phillies. Orlando Perdomo was the starter and got the win, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out six, walking just one. Pedruin Bautista had a big game, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Santo de Leon had nice game as well, with two doubles and two runs. On Monday, they host the GCL Braves at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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