Tigers Too Much for D Rays (7/8 Recaps)

The Tigers made it four straight as Scott Kazmir was simply too wild to keep the Tigers in check, and while Nate Robertson still didn't get the opportunity to pick up the win because of an extremely rare occurrence, the Tiger bullpen came on and pitched nine excellent innings to return Detroit to within two games of .500.

Detroit Tigers - 41-43, 4th in AL Central
When Placido Polanco was beaned with the first pitch of the game, it figured to be a bad start. And after four Tiger runs crossed the plate in that inning, it probably was, but for the D Rays one would think. But when Nate Robertson retaliated on the first pitch of the bottom half of the inning, umpire Tim McClelland would have nothing of it as he ejected Robertson just one pitch into the game. Franklyn German then came in with no warning and was able to shut down Tampa Bay for three innings. Fernando Rodney also chipped in with three scoreless innings, while Doug Creek came in to finish it out, it didn't go quite the way it was planned as he gave up three runs, so Jamie Walker had to come in to record the final out and preserve the 7-3 victory. Craig Monroe had a monster game at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a season high 5 RBI, including a two run, two out RBI single in the 1st, and a two run home run in the 7th inning. Chris Shelton also chipped in with a pair of hits, a run and a walk. Assuming the Hurricane doesn't force the Tigers to flee Tampa Bay, the Tigers will play the D Rays again on Saturday at 7:15pm, with Jason Johnson facing Hideo Nomo, each of whom have a 5-7 record, despite Johnson having an ERA nearly three points lower.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 55-32, 1st in West division
Toledo came out firing in their doubleheader with Richmond and put both games away handily, winning both 9-0. Jason Grilli got the win in game one, pitching all seven innings, giving up just three hits. At the plate, Curtis Granderson fell a home run short of the cycle, also scoring three runs. Marcus Thames had a big game, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Mike Hessman and Alexis Gomez also drove in a pair each. In the nightcap, it was Kenny Baugh's turn to shut down the opposition, and he did just that, shutting out Richmond for six innings, before giving way to Jason Karnuth, who recorded the final three outs. Mike Hessman, Carlos Pena and Thames each had a home run in the second game, helping drive the offense. They'll now head to Columbus for a brief two game series with the Clippers.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 48-39, 1st in Southern division
A perfect 77-degree day matched the nearly perfect game as the SeaWolves beat Akron 1-0. The only player to cross home plate was 1B Juan Tejeda with a 4th-inning home run. The game's leading hitters were 2B Juan Francia (2-3) and LF Mike Woods (2-3). The SeaWolves' pitching was dynamite with starter Mark Johnson (3-1). Johnson nabbed the win, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3 in his 5 innings on the mound. Corey Hamman relieved in the 6th for 2 innings of solid pitching, allowing only 2 hits. Lee Rodney continued the shutout in his inning of relief. Edwin Almonte relieved in the 9th to pick up his 26th save of the season. Game two starts Saturday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 10-4, 2nd in West division
Due to Hurricane Dennis, Lakeland's game on Friday was postponed, as were the games for the weekend, leaving the L-Tigers at home to wait out the storms.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 9-7, 2nd in East division
The Whitecaps couldn't quite manage enough offense to top Clinton as they lost 6-2. Dallas Trahern got the loss, allowing four runs over six innings, including three strikeouts. Josh Lee continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-3 with a double. Jeff Frazier and Brent Dlugach also had a pair of hits and a run in the losing effort. They face Clinton again at 7pm on Saturday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 12-4, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta had its doubleheader with Tri-City postponed due to rain once again. No word yet on a makeup, as Oneonta now travels to Mahooning Valley.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 8-5, 1st in North division
The GCL Tigers were still able to get both of their games in on Friday before the adverse weather came through, unfortunately, they probably would have just rather had the games rained out as they dropped both to the GCL Phillies. The first game was tight as they lost by a run, 8-7. Jesse Caraballo turned in a solid start, but Adriano Santos allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings, and then Thomas Lyons gave up two unearned runs to take the loss. Wilkin Rodriguez had three hits, and Angel Reyes had a home run (his 6th) and two RBI. The second game wasn't quite as competitive as the Tigers lost 8-1. Eric Beattie got the start but was shelled, allowing six runs in just an inning and two thirds. The Tigers managed just four hits in that one, with none going for extra bases. The GCL Tigers have a game scheduled with the GCL Phillies for the 9th, but that's likely rained out as well because of the hurricane.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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