ChiSox Bring Out the Brooms (6/30 Recaps)

Two straight one run losses coupled with facing a red hot Freddy Garcia spelled trouble for the Tigers, as they couldn't get much going offensively, while Mike Maroth tired in the later innings as the White Sox moved in for the kill and completed the sweep Thursday afternoon.

Detroit Tigers - 36-39, 4th in AL Central
Most were hoping the Tigers could go through this ten game stretch against the White Sox, Yankees and Indians with at least a .500 record, if not better. If they hope to do that, they'll have to get awfully hot awfully fast, as Chicago completed the sweep over the Tigers with a 6-1 win Thursday afternoon. Mike Maroth started off strong, but tired in the later innings as he ended up allowing five runs in seven innings to drop his 9th game of the year. Opposite Maroth was Freddy Garcia who went the distance for the White Sox, giving up just one run to get his 8th win of the season. The Tigers managed just five hits, no one had a multi-hit game, and just one of those five was for extra bases (a double by Rondell White). Vance Wilson drove in the lone run, scoring Omar Infante via a single in the 2nd inning. Hoping to put the sweep behind them, the Tigers will now host New York for a three game set. Jeremy Bonderman will try and recover from the rough start he had on Sunday, going up against former Cy Young winner Randy Johnson at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 48-31, 1st in West division
Toledo's offense gave Wilfredo Ledezma plenty of support, which appeared to be plenty, as Ledezma kept Norfolk scoreless through six, only giving up three runs in the seventh to blemish his mark. He would still get the win, despite the bullpen trying to give up the game (namely Rob Henkel), the ‘Hens still held on for a 10-7 victory. Henkel gave up three runs without ever recording an out in relief. The Toledo offense brought the run support early, scoring all ten runs in the first four innings. Carlos Pena and Marcus Thames both had big games, with Pena going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, and Thames blasting two home runs with three RBI on his 3-for-4 day. And finally, Magglio Ordonez started to heat up, going the distance in right field and going 2-for-4 with three runs and a solo home run. Gookie Dawkins also drove in three runs.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 43-36, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves had Thursday off, but on Friday host Reading in Erie for the start of a three game series.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 3-4, 4th in West division
The L-Tigers and Threshers played two, seven-inning games to make up for yesterday's rainout. The L-Tigers took them both. The first game ended 10-1. Lakeland won behind a dominant performance from Nathan Bumstead and an offensive explosion in the second inning. Bumstead (9-2) pitched all seven innings, giving up four hits, no walks and recording five strikeouts. His only run allowed was a solo homer to the leadoff batter in the top of the first. Bumstead was propelled into the lead by a seven-run second inning. The L-Tigers lineup put together a string of hits, which included three straight doubles by Vincent Blue, Brent Clevlen, and Derek Nicholson. Blue finished two for four with two runs and a RBI. Clevlen was one for three with two RBI and a run scored. Nicholson was two for four with a run and a RBI. Kelly Hunt hit his tenth home run of the season. The L-Tigers won the second game 7-5. Kevin McDowell went three innings, gave up four runs on four hits and two walks. McDowell's four runs came in the top of the third and Lakeland answered back in the bottom of the inning by scoring four to tie things up. Brian Hensen pitched a scoreless fourth. Lakeland scored to go up 5-4. Brian Rogers started the fifth but only got two outs before giving up the tying run. Eulogio DeLa Cruz replaced him. DeLa Cruz threw two and a third innings and got the win when the L-Tigers scored two in the sixth. DeLa Cruz gave up no hits, no walks, and struck out three. Eric Rodland finished two for three with two runs and two RBI. Kody Kirkland was one for two with two runs. Russ Cleveland went two for three with a run and a RBI. The L-Tigers and Threshers play the final game of their series tomorrow in Lakeland, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 4-4, 4th in East division
Luckily, Wilkin Ramirez didn't catch the same disease the Tigers' hitters, as he drove in the winning run with a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game, 3-2 for the ‘Caps. Josh Rainwater got a no decision for his start, pitching seven strong innings, allowing two runs. Ed Clelland pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the win. Stephen Young and Nick McIntyre each chipped in with two hits apiece, Luis Sabino going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. The ‘Caps continue their series with Clinton on Friday night at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 7-3, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta snagged first place in the Stedler division on Thursday night with a 5-2 victory over Lowell. Dan Konecny got the win, allowing two runs over six innings of work. Kevin Whelan converted his first save as a pro, pitching a perfect 9th with a strikeout. Matt Joyce had a big game, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Brandon Timm went 2-for-4 with a run. Oneonta continues its series with Lowell on Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 3-2, 1st in North division
The GCL Tigers were scheduled to play in Tampa against the GCL Yankees, but as of press time, no release had been made as to the results of the game.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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