Sox Top Tigs Again by a Run (6/29 Recaps)

It was just another one run loss for the Tigers, just another one run loss to the vaunted Chicago White Sox. The Tigers battled back, but in the end, Frank Thomas put the big hurt on Detroit in the top of the 13th inning as the White Sox got another win to build their already large lead in the division.

Detroit Tigers - 36-38, 4th in AL Central
Some teams just have it, and apparently, the Chicago White Sox have it. The White Sox got a one run, extra inning victory as they beat the Tigers 4-3. Jason Johnson got the start for the Tigers, giving up three runs over seven innings, but Johnson would walk away with a no decision for his efforts. But when the Tigers tied the game back up in the seventh via a sacrifice fly by Rondell White, the bullpen then came out and pitched five scoreless innings, that is until Fernando Rodney gave up a solo shot to Frank Thomas. The offense had plenty of hits, unfortunately time and again they couldn't bring the runs home, highlighted by the bases loaded with no outs and the Tigers proving unable to get a run to cross the plate. Chris Shelton did have a huge game at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBI, including his fourth home run of the year. The Tigers will try to salvage a game of the series on Thursday with Mike Maroth facing Freddy Garcia at 1:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 47-31, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens couldn't rebound from Tuesday's loss to the Norfolk Tides on Wednesday and lost their second game in a row by a final score of 3-1. The Hens scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Gookie Dawkins that came after Curtis Granderson belted a triple. That would be Toledo's only run as Norfolk scored two of their own in the second and put to rest any thoughts of a comeback by the Hens in the ninth when Ronney Nye smacked an RBI triple to make the score 3-1. Matt Ginter's second start of the season was a four-hit, two-run effort, but the Hens offense failed to plate enough runs to get him the victory. The loss was his first decision of the season. Granderson was the only Hen with more than one hit, going 2-4 and Magglio Ordonez went 0-4 for the second night in a row. Ryan Raburn committed one of two Toledo errors. It was his 15th of the season. Toledo will try to salvage the series Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 43-36, 2nd in Southern division
Harrisburg squeaked out a 5-4 victory over Erie on Wednesday night. Nate Cornejo returned to the mound in solid form, pitching six strong innings, allowing one run on six hits, including two walks and two strikeouts. Unfortunately, no reliever could hold a lead as Mark Johnson, Edwin Almonte and Corey Hamman all giving up runs, with Hamman taking the loss. Juan Tejeda and Byron Gettis each blasted solo home runs for the SeaWolves at the plate, while Don Kelly, Mike Rabelo and Chris Maples chipped in with two hits apiece. The SeaWolves have the day off on Thursday before hosting Reading for a three game series.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-4, 6th in West division
Surprise, surprise. Lakeland was rained out on Wednesday night. No word yet on when they'll make up the game. They'll try and face Clearwater again on Thursday night.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 3-4, 4th in East division
The Whitecaps kept up their winning as they downed Dayton 8-3. All Star Jair Jurrjens got the victory, allowing a run on four hits over six innings to get his 6th win of the year. Kevin Ardoin and Freddy Dolsi closed it out to secure the victory for the ‘Caps. At the plate, Nick McIntyre had a monster game, going 6-for-6 with two runs scored. Matt Parrish and Jeff Frazier drove in a pair of runs apiece, and Dusty Ryan chipped in with three hits and an RBI. West Michigan now moves on to host Clinton for a four game series, starting Thursday at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 6-3, 2nd in Stedler division
Chalk up another victory for the O-Tigers as they rolled to victory over Vermont 9-4. Jay Sborz got the start, but struggled mightily, allowing four runs (three earned) in 3 2/3 innings. Sborz also walked five and struck out five. Loren Fraser got the win in relief, pitching 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Offensively, Clete Thomas went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Cory Middleton also had a home run, his first of the year. Mark Haske had three hits from the leadoff slot. Oneonta will mix it back up with Lowell, this time traveling to Lowell, where they play at 7:05pm on Thursday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 3-2, 1st in North division
The GCL Yankees handed the GCL Tigers a 9-1 loss on Wednesday night in Lakeland. The notable on the pitching staff was Eric Beattie, who came on in the 9th, and didn't allow a hit, but allowed an earned run via four walks. Louis Ott was responsible for the offense going 2-for-3 and driving in the team's only run. On Thursday, they take on the GCL Yankees again, this time at noon in Tampa.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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