Offense Can't Come Through in 9th (6/28 Recaps)

If Tuesday night's game wasn't an omen that the Tigers need Magglio Ordonez back in the lineup, it's hard to say what is. Down by a run, Pudge Rodriguez opened the bottom of the ninth inning with a triple, but despite three batters, no one could bring him home as the White Sox slipped away with a 2-1 victory.

Detroit Tigers - 36-37, 4th in AL Central
It wasn't the way the Tigers wanted to start out the critical ten game stretch which could help determine whether or not the team becomes buyers or sellers. Nate Robertson gave the team a chance, as he turned in another quality start with two runs over seven innings. That included a season high nine strikeouts, an impressive statistic for Robertson, who hadn't been striking out batters at nearly the same clip he was last year. Unfortunately, despite the solid start, Mark Buehrle did just as well, and with just one run allowed, got the win, while Robertson took home his 6th loss. Besides Rodriguez's triple in the 9th, both Rondell White and Placido Polanco had a pair of hits, and Chris Shelton drove in the lone run via a single in the second. The Tigers will try and get the game back on Wednesday night with Jason Johnson going to go up against the extremely inexperienced Brandon McCarthy at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 47-30, 1st in West division
After the Mud Hens took over the top spot in the IL West during their weekend series with Indianapolis they looked to add to their lead and continue their hot play. But the Norfolk Tides had different plans and came into Fifth Third Field on Tuesday and beat the Hens 6-4. Kenny Baugh fell back to 5-5 after taking the loss. Marcus Thames led the Hens with three RBI on a 3-4 night. In his second night in Toledo, Magglio Ordonez went 0-4 at the plate. The Tides were able to grab six stolen bases while helping their starter Jason Scobie earn his ninth win of the season. Game two of the four game series will be Wednesday at noon.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 43-35, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves made their fans proud as they beat the Harrisburg Senators 10-6. Send out the star treatment for LF Chris Maples who slammed a 3-run homer. Maples' teammate DH Don Kelly went 3 for 5 in the game. Kelly scored 3 times and added an RBI. SeaWolves' RF Bryon Gettis also went 3 for 5 and drove in 2 runs. Third baseman Scott Tousa tripled, had 3 RBIs and scored twice. C Mike Rabelo drove in a run to add to the pile. Starter Jeremy Johnson (6-4) gave up 6 Senator runs and snatched the win in his 6 2/3 innings on the mound. Lee Rodney's no-hit relief pitching earned him the save after relieving Johnson in the 7th. The teams final match-up is Wednesday afternoon at 12:05. The SeaWolves lead the series 2-0.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-4, 6th in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Reds 3-1. Randor Bierd started on the mound for the third time since coming down from Erie at the beginning of June. Bierd pitched six innings, allowed three runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out seven. Bierd had a quality outing but lost without any run support. Bierd is 1-2 as a L-Tiger with a 6.14 ERA in 14.2IP. Lakeland managed only five hits and left a total of nine runners stranded. The L-Tigers got four leadoff runners on base but were only able to capitalize once. They scored their only run in the second on Kody Kirkland's RBI single after Derek Nicholson drew a leadoff walk. Vincent Blue was two for four. The L-Tigers and Reds play again tomorrow in Sarasota, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 2-3, 4th in East division
West Michigan used a big four run second inning to stake a big lead for Dallas Trahern, then just hold serve the rest of the way as they topped Dayton 6-3. Trahern got his fourth win of the year, giving up three runs (two earned) on ten hits, including a walk and four strikeouts. PJ Finigan then pitched two shutout innings in relief, and Anthony Tomey came on to close it out in the ninth. Jeff Frazier had three hits on the night, and Dusty Ryan helped get the action going back in the second, blasting a three run home run. Matt Parrish and Nick McIntyre also chipped in with two hits each. On Wednesday night the ‘Caps finish up their series with Dayton at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 5-3, 2nd in Stedler division
Oneonta came away with another victory on Tuesday, topping Vermont 7-2. Burke Badenhop got the start and the win, pitching five no hit innings of baseball as he got his first win of the year. Another good sign from the pitching staff, after struggling in his first appearance, Kevin Whelan pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts. At the plate, Leonardo Grullon had another big game with a three run home run, all a part of Oneonta's seven run third inning. Rafael Mendez chipped in with three hits, a run and an RBI. Oneonta wraps up its three game series with Vermont at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 3-1, 1st in North division
The GCL Tigers squeaked by the GCL Braves to win by a 5-4 margin. After Luis Gil pitched six strong innings of one hit baseball, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead, with Rhiner Cruz and Garrett Berger giving up four unearned runs in the 7th to relinquish the lead. But the GCL Tigers would get it back with two runs in the 8th, with Adriano Santos pitching the final two innings to get the win. Offensively, SS Audy Ciriaco had another big game, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. Angel Reyes and Casper Wells each hit home runs as well to complete the scoring for the Tigers. One final note, recent draft pick Agustin Guzman made his debut, going 1-for-1 with an impressive three walks. James Skelton also took three walks on the night. They'll face the GCL Yankees on Wednesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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