Tigers Prep for Important Stretch (6/27 Recaps)

It was an off day in big league country as the Tigers prepare for a ten game stretch that could very well predict the direction of their season; a strong stretch could place them in the thick of the wild card race, while falling off could mean the Tigers could become sellers once again at the trade deadline.

Detroit Tigers - 36-36, 4th in AL Central
After an off day on Monday, the Tigers will host Chicago for a critical three game series in Detroit. It starts Tuesday at 7:05pm with a pair of lefties taking the mound; Nate Robertson against Mark Buehrle.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 47-29, 1st in West division
Toledo wasn't going to have it come easy to them, but they were able to eventually pull out a 6-5 victory in twelve innings on Monday night in Toledo. After an excellent Jason Grilli start in which he gave up three runs over eight innings, it was time for the bullpen to come in and hold on. They didn't exactly protect the lead, but the offense bailed them out in extra innings, and when they finally did hold Indianapolis in check, Toledo was still able to put up a run for the win. Mark Woodyard got the win in relief. Magglio Ordonez made his first appearance with Toledo on his rehab assignment; going 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. Dewayne Wise had a big game, going 3-for-5, and Carlos Pena chipped in with a solo home run. Having finished up with Indianapolis, Toledo moves on to take on Norfolk for a three game series starting Tuesday night.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AA Erie SeaWolves - 42-35, 2nd in Southern division
For the SeaWolves, it's good to be home. Erie defeated Harrisburg 5-2 in game one of their 3-game series. Erie's scoring started in the 3rd with 2B Juan Francia's RBI single. Four more runs came in the 7th for Erie. SeaWolves' 1B Juan Tejeda and 3B Don Kelly singled in runs. RF Bryon Gettis doubled in 2 to bring Erie up 5-0. Starter Joel Zumaya (6-3) pitched 7 fierce innings, allowing only 2 hits. Zumaya's ERA now stands at 2.93. Adam Peterson relieved in the 8th and gave up the Senator's 2 runs. Edwin Almonte came on in the 9th for his 23rd save of the season. The teams meet again Tuesday evening at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-3, 6th in West division
Lakeland's game on Monday night was postponed due to rain, a typical occurrence in Florida during the summer. Lakeland faces Sarasota Tuesday morning at 11am, and it may become a doubleheader for a make-up of tonight's game.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 1-3, 4th in East division
The Whitecaps opened their new series with a loss Monday, falling to the Dayton Dragons 3-2. West Michigan got on the scoreboard in the 1st when a series of ground outs sent leadoff batter second baseman Stephen Young, who was hit by a pitch, home for the first run of the game. After six scoreless innings, DH Wilkin Ramirez made it on base by grounding into a force out, stole 2nd for his 14th steal of the season, and went home on a center field single from left fielder Jeff Frazier. First baseman Josh Lee struck out swinging to end the 8th and the 'Caps went down 1-2-3 in the 9th. Recording his first loss of the season, starter Matthew Righter (4-1, 3.28) faced 20 Dragons, struck out three, gave up five hits and the three Dayton runs. West Michigan meets Dayton again Tuesday if Mother Nature holds off with the forecasted rain. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 4-3, 2nd in Stedler division
The O-Tigers came out with a huge victory on Monday, defeating Vermont 13-7. Matt O'Brien got the start and gave up three runs in three innings. Jose Fragaso would take the win in relief. At the plate, plenty got in on the action, with Cory Middleton going 2-for-5 with three runs and Michael Holliman going 2-for-4, including a home run and four RBI. Oneonta continues their series with Vermont on Tuesday night.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 2-0, 1st in North division
Much like Lakeland, the GCL Tigers were rained out on Monday night. They host the GCL Braves Tuesday night at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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