Detroit Tigers - 38-43, 4th in AL Central
Mike Maroth hasn't been known as the Tigers streak stopper (that honor has been granted to Jeremy Bonderman), but he did just that on Tuesday night as the Tigers rolled to victory over Cleveland 3-2. Maroth got the win for his efforts, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits. Franklyn German and Kyle Farnsworth held the two run lead that Maroth left the game with, and then it was turned over to Troy Percival, at which point things got interesting. Percival promptly entered the game and gave up a solo home run to Jhonny Peralta to close it to a slim one run lead. Percival was able to retire two batters, then walked pinch hitter Travis Hafner on four pitches (not intentional, but it could well have been ruled one). That left the game in the hands of Grady Sizemore with the tying run on base. Percival has been inconsistent all year long, but he buckled down at that point, and struck out Sizemore to earn the save. At the plate, Magglio Ordonez blasted his second home run of the year as part of a three run third that staked the Tigers lead. Chris Shelton also had an RBI groundout in the 3rd. Carlos Guillen chipped in with three hits as he continues his hot hitting. The Tigers will try and start a winning streak, tie their four game series with Cleveland, and keep their hopes of heading into the All Star break at .500 alive on Wednesday when Bonderman faces Indians' ace C.C. Sabathia at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 52-32, 1st in West division
Toledo kept up their winning ways with a 9-4 victory over Durham on Tuesday night. Wilfredo Ledezma got the win, giving the ‘Hens a quality start, going six innings, allowing three runs. The only concern; all three runs were solo home runs. The offense however gave Ledezma plenty of support. Curtis Granderson is once again heating up power wise as the summer rolls around, as he launched a solo home run, his third in two days. Marcus Thames and Carlos Pena also had huge games, each with three hits, one of which was a home run (Thames drove in three runs, Pena two). Don Kelly also added two doubles and a run. The ‘Hens now travel to Richmond for a three game series, the first game coming Wednesday at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 45-39, 2nd in Southern division
In search of post-holiday fireworks? So were the SeaWolves after a 3-1 loss to Altoona. Erie's lone run came courtesy of LF Chris Maple's sacrifice fly in the 2nd. The SeaWolves were held scoreless the rest of the game. Nate Cornejo suffered the loss, going 6 2/3 innings. Cornejo (4-9) gave up 8 hits and surrendered 3 runs. Relievers Mark Johnson and Adam Peterson finished out the game. The night's leading hitters were 2B Juan Francia and CF Mike Woods – each going 2 for 4. The teams are now tied 1-1 in the 4 game series. The third game starts Wednesday evening at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 7-4, 3rd in West division
The L-Tigers defeated the Yankees 6-1 to make it seven wins in a row. Starting pitcher Nate Bumstead dissected Tampa's lineup, recording 10 strikeouts in six and a third innings of work. Bumstead improved to 10-2 on the year and lowered his ERA to 2.50. The Yankees' only run came in the first, but was not charged to Bumstead. Lakeland shortstop Gilberto Mejia committed an error that allowed leadoff batter Justin Christian aboard. Christian stole two bases and eventually scored on a ground out. The L-Tigers tied it up in the bottom of the inning. Mejia was first to the plate and made up for his error by leading off with a single and scoring the tying run on a hit by Brent Clevlen. Lakeland scored another in the second to go up 2-1. The L-Tigers went on to score two in the fifth and another two in the eighth. Mejia finished two for five with two runs. Clevlen was two for four with three RBI. Vincent Blue went two for two with three walks. He scored a run and had one RBI. Danny Zell and Chris Homer came on in relief of Bumstead. Zell recorded a hold, his fifth, for his one and third innings. Lakeland begins a four-game home series with Daytona tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 7-5, 2nd in East division
West Michigan kept winning, this time on the back of Josh Rainwater, as they defeated Quad Cities 5-1. Rainwater was outstanding, going eight innings, allowing one run on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. It was just his second win of the year. Nick McIntyre had a huge game in support of Rainwater, going 3-for-5 with two solo home runs. Matt Parrish also had a nice game, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. The two teams continue their series on Wednesday at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 11-4, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers offense kept rolling as they were able to out-score Vermont 9-7 in yet another victory for Oneonta. Dan Konecny was the starter, but he struggled, allowing six runs in five innings of work. Collin Mahoney came on in relief and didn't do terribly, giving up a run in 1 2/3 innings of work. However, not quite as well as Loren Fraser, who gave up one hit and no runs in the final 2 1/3 innings, including five strikeouts to get the win. Leonardo Grullon had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Schuyler Williamson chipped in with two RBI, as did Ryan Roberson. Oneonta will try and make it five straight when they travel to Tri City at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 6-2, 1st in North division
The GCL Tigers kept things rolling with an 8-4 win over the GCL Braves. Luis Gil got the win in an excellent start, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits in six innings, including an impressive nine strikeouts. Audy Ciriaco had a home run, his third of the year, as did Miguel Linares, who went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored. Jason De La Cruz also had two hits, a home run and two RBI. They'll have a doubleheader in Tampa with the GCL Yankees on Wednesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor