Detroit Tigers - 39-43, 4th in AL Central
Just when you think they're going to start to fade, they re-emerge with a game like Wednesday night's game against the Indians. Jeremy Bonderman came out ready to dominate, and after the typical shaky first inning, Bonderman settled down and helped lead the way to victory. Bonderman turned in eight strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, including five strikeouts. The win was Bonderman's 11th of the year. At the plate, Ivan Rodriguez got the scoring started when a dribbler off the bat of Brandon Inge allowed Rodriguez to score all the way from second. Travis Hafner answered in the bottom half of that inning with a solo home run, but the Tiger bats really came alive in the 5th with four runs to provide the necessary separation and help keep the Indians at bay for the rest of the game. The Tigers top of the order led the way, as each of the top four (Placido Polanco, Carlos Guillen, Chris Shelton and Magglio Ordonez) had at least two hits and a run, and Shelton and Ordonez each drove in two runs apiece. Hoping to get on a roll, the Tigers travel to Tampa for four games before taking a break for the All Star break. Sean Douglass faces Seth McClung at 7:15pm at Tropicana Field.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 53-32, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens made it five in a row on Wednesday, belting out 16 hits against the Richmond Braves and getting Andrew Good his fifth win of the season by a final of 11-3. Good pitched seven strong innings, only allowing six hits and three runs, only one of which was earned. Good's record now stands at 5-2 with an ERA just over four. Toledo, who has the best record in the International League, blasted four homeruns off of the Braves' staff, two of which belong to Mike Hessman who now has 16 shots on the year. Carlos Pena had a blast of his own in the seventh inning giving him seven as a Hen. Toledo has now opened up a comfortable four-game lead in the IL West and will try take game two of their three-game series with Richmond on Thursday at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 46-39, 1st in Southern division
Altoona never stood a chance in Erie's 13-4 victory Wednesday night. The defeat was inevitable with the star power of Erie 2B Juan Francia, SS Tony Giarratano and LF Chris Maples. Francia tallied 4 RBIs along with Giarratano and Maples who drove in 3 each. The other 3 runs came on RBIs from CF Mike Woods, RF Bryon Gettis and C Mike Rabelo. Starter Humberto Sanchez owned the win. Sanchez (3-2) powered his way through 7 1/3 innings by striking out 6, giving up 9 hits and 4 runs. Mike Bumatay relieved in the 8th to close out the game for his 1st save of the season. With the SeaWolves leading the series 2-1, the teams face each other one last time Thursday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 9-4, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers opened their four-game series against Daytona with a 6-2 win. Starter Kevin McDowell went four and a third with no decision. He gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. The game was scoreless for three innings until the Cubs scored in the top of the fourth on a solo shot by Scott Moore. Lakeland tied it up in the bottom of the inning. Gilberto Mejia led off with a triple and scored on a single by Vincent Blue. McDowell hit a batter to open the fifth and was relieved by Felix Sanchez after one out. Sanchez pitched one and two-thirds innings. He allowed one hit and had two strikeouts. Eulogio DeLa Cruz came on in the seventh and threw two scoreless innings. DeLa Cruz (3-2) got the win after Lakeland went ahead in the seventh on a three-run homer from Garth McKinney. McKinney finished two for three with two runs and three RBI. Vincent Blue was two for four with two RBI. Gilberto Mejia went three for four with a run scored. The L-Tigers have now extended their winning streak to eight. They will try for nine in a row against the Cubs tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 8-6, 2nd in East division
Unfortunately, Andrew Kown just wasn't able to keep the winning ways of West Michigan going as they fell to Quad Cities 9-3. Kown's offense staked him to an early lead, but Quad Cities erupted with a huge inning in the 6th, putting up six runs to grab the lead. Kown ended up allowing eight of Quad Cities' nine runs to fall to 4-7 on the year. No one had a big game offensively, but catcher Chris Robinson did get his first RBI as a Whitecap via an RBI groundout in the second inning. Brent Dlugach also had a sacrifice fly RBI in the third inning. The two teams finish up their series at noon on Thursday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 11-4, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta and Tri-City had their game postponed due to rain. No word yet on when they'll make the game up. They're still on schedule for Thursday though in Tri-City.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 7-3, 1st in North division
The GCL Tigers split a doubleheader with the GCL Yankees on Wednesday to keep hold of their lead in the North division. Thomas Lyons got the start in one game, but gave up seven runs (though just one earned) and was quickly removed. No harm, no foul though, as the offense came alive and put up nine runs in the 4th and 5th innings to take back the lead and win 11-7. Louis Ott had a good game, going 2-for-3 with three runs. Agustin Guzman had three hits and three RBI, and Casper Wells added a pair of hits and three more RBI. In the other game, the GCL Yankees got the best of the GCL Tigers 4-2. Brendan Wise started but took the loss, giving up all four runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Wilkin Rodriguez and Pedruin Bautista each had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort. The two teams match up again on Thursday, this time in Lakeland.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor