Detroit Tigers - 40-43, 4th in AL Central
Sean Douglass wasn't spectacular on Thursday night, but he was good enough for the Tigers to stake themselves to a lead and hold onto it as they won 6-4 in Tampa. Douglass pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. The bullpen took over from there, allowing just two hits for the remaining four innings (and an unearned run given up by Kyle Farnsworth). Troy Percival then pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 8th save of the year. At the plate, both Chris Shelton and Magglio Ordonez kept up their hot hitting, as each blasted home runs – Shelton a two run homer in the 1st, and Ordonez a solo shot in the 3rd. Rondell White added two hits, and Placido Polanco took three walks atop the lineup. On Friday night, a pair of lefties take the mound, as Nate Robertson faces Scott Kazmir at 7:15pm. After nearly a week without television, the Tigers finally return to Fox Sports Detroit for the final three games before the All Star break.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 53-32, 1st in West division
The Hens and Braves were rained out in Richmond on Thursday and will play a double header on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 47-39, 1st in Southern division
The SeaWolves had their cake and devoured it too as they won 3-2 against Altoona. It was a night of very few hits – 5 from Erie and 6 from Altoona – but Erie made their hits count. Erie 3B Scott Tousa lead the scoring with a 1st-inning RBI single. LF Chris Maples brought in Erie's 2nd run in the 5th off a sacrifice fly and C Max St. Pierre doubled in Erie's 3rd run in the 7th. St. Pierre was the night's leading hitter going 2-3. Altoona didn't mess with Erie's winning and starting pitcher Joel Zumaya (8-3), who dominated with 6 strikeouts and gave up only 1 hit in his 5 innings on the mound. Adam Peterson relieved Zumaya in the 6th for 2 2/3 innings. In those innings, Peterson gave up 2 runs and struck out 3. Lee Rodney relieved Peterson and finished out the 8th. Edwin Almonte came on in the 9th and collected his 25th save of the season. The SeaWolves are on to visit the Akron Aeros Friday night at 7:05. The Aeros are second behind Erie in the Southern Division of the Eastern League and are coming off a 3-game winning streak.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 10-4, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers shutout the Cubs 6-0 and extended their winning streak to nine. Jordan Tata (7-2) pitched five and a third, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out eight. Lakeland jumped all over Daytona starter Anderson Tavares (3-8). The L-Tigers scored five in the first inning. Gilberto Mejia and Vincent Blue led off with back-to-back singles. Mejia scored on a fielding error and Blue on a sac fly by Eric Rodland. Later in the inning, Kody Kirkland hit a two-run triple and scored on a single by Danilo Sanchez. Lakeland made it 6-0 in the second when Derek Nicholson hit his eighth home run of the year. Tavares walked the next batter and was pulled after one and two-thirds. The Daytona bullpen followed Tavares with six and half scoreless innings but the Cubs were never able to get any closer because Lakeland's bullpen matched the effort. Ian Ostlund took over for Tata in the sixth and got the last two outs of the inning. Brian Rogers threw two innings and Danny Zell pitched the ninth. All three relievers were perfect, giving up no hits or walks. The L-Tigers have turned it on after a slow, 0-4 start to the second half of the season. Their win streak has brought them to a half game back from current division leader Dunedin. The L-Tigers and Cubs continue their series tomorrow in Lakeland.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 9-6, 2nd in East division
West Michigan used some more late inning offense, as they tied it up with three runs in the 9th, then scored three runs in the 10th to take the game 6-5 over Quad Cities. Josh Kauten, back from his muscle strain in his side, had a solid start, giving up two runs in six innings, including four strikeouts. Kevin Ardoin would end up getting the win in relief, despite almost allowing Quad Cities to take the game, giving up two runs in the bottom of the 10th after the Whitecaps got three in the top half. Brent Dlugach helped lead the way at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Nick McIntyre, who just won the organization's minor league player of the month award, went 2-for-3 also with two runs.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 12-4, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers kept up their amazing hitting with a 13-7 victory over Tri City on Thursday night. Guillermo Moscoso got the start and the win, giving up two runs over six innings. It was the bullpen rather that made it interesting, especially Matt Norfleet, who allowed five runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Everyone in the lineup managed at least one hit, including Cory Middleton, who had a monster night, going 2-for-4 with three runs, a double, a home run and four RBI. Michael Holliman went 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Rafael Mendez chipped in with two hits and an RBI. They return home to take on Tri City on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 8-3, 1st in North division
The GCL Tigers won again on Thursday, beating the GCL Yankees 7-4 in Lakeland. Orlando Perdomo got the start, but couldn't make it the required five innings to get the win – he didn't allow an earned run though over 4 2/3 innings. Rhiner Cruz got the win in relief, allowing two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Angel Reyes blasted a solo home run for the GCL Tigers, and Pedruin Bautista and James Skelton added two hits apiece in the win. They face the GCL Phillies on Friday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor