Percival Gives Away Game in 9th (7/9 Recaps)

One pitch, and just like that, there went the Tigers winning streak and their chances of being at .500 for the All Star break. After a solid game from all the parties involved, it was Tiger closer Troy Percival that couldn't hold up his end of the bargain as a two run walk off home run ended Saturday night's game.

Detroit Tigers - 41-44, 4th in AL Central
It was the last sight the Tigers wanted to see. After a hard fought game, clinging to a one run lead, one fastball, one swing, and one cocky Devil Ray standing at the plate, admiring his blast to deep centerfield, and just like that the Tigers would have to walk away with a 5-4 defeat. Jason Johnson turned in a solid start, going seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. The offense held up their end as well, including three solo home runs; one apiece from Dmitri Young, Ivan Rodriguez and Chris Shelton. Rondell White also chipped in with three hits. Unfortunately, it was all for nothing because of Jonny Gomes two run walk off home run in the 9th off Troy Percival. It was Percival's third blown save of the year. The Tigers will try and get one final win before the break when Mike Maroth takes on Mark Hendrickson at 2:15pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 56-32, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens continued to roll with a big 11-3 victory over Columbus on Saturday. Matt Ginter got the win, going the necessary five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. The bullpen took it from there, holding Columbus to just four hits over the final four innings. Sandy Martinez had a monster game, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. Alexis Gomez also went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Additionally, Don Kelly and Curtis Granderson each chipped in with a pair of hits. The ‘Hens take on Columbus again on Sunday at 1:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 48-40, 1st in Southern division
Erie's excitement of tying the game in the 7th was brief as Akron rallied in the 8th to win 6-3. Erie's go-to guy was 1B Juan Tejeda. Tejeda doubled in a run in the 4th and then slammed a homerun in the 6th. SS Tony Giarratano scored the 3rd run in the 7th on a passed ball. Tejeda lead the team batting 3 for 4. Starting pitcher Jeremy Johnson allowed 11 hits and 3 runs in his 5 2/3 innings on the mound. Reliever Eulogio De La Cruz (0-1) made a less-than stellar debut allowing 3 runs in 1 2/3 innings and took the loss. Mike Bumatay closed the game without allowing a run. The next game starts Sunday afternoon at 2:15. The teams are now tied 1-1.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 10-4, 2nd in West division
Due to Hurricane Dennis, Lakeland's games for the weekend are postponed.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 9-7, 2nd in East division
It was a heart breaker for the Whitecaps on Saturday. They carried a three run lead into the 9th inning, assumed to have a strong lead and would be able to skate away with a victory. But Clinton had other plans, scoring three runs to send the game into extra innings. Anthony Tomey gave up all three runs, blowing the save, and the win for Jair Jurrjens, who was spectacular over seven innings, allowing no runs on three hits with eight strikeouts. It wouldn't get any easier, as the team's held each other scoreless for the next six innings, until a Jeff Frazier single scored Nick McIntyre to give the Whitecaps the lead. That lead wouldn't hold either though, as Clinton responded with two runs to win the game 6-5 in a 16 inning marathon. McIntyre went 3-for-6 in the loss, including a solo home run. Frazier also went 3-for-7 with a run and two RBI, and Wilkin Ramirez chipped in with an RBI triple. The ‘Caps take on Clinton again at 2pm on Sunday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 13-4, 1st in Stedler division
The only thing that seems to be capable of stopping the O-Tigers right now is the weather, as they won yet again on Saturday, beating Mahooning Valley 7-3. Matt O'Brien pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, but Jake Baxter gave up a run to lose the lead in relief. No problem though, as Oneonta's offense re-claimed the lead in the 10th with four runs to put the game away. Cory Middleton led the way on offense, going 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. Michael Holliman and Clete Thomas also each chipped in with two his each and an RBI. Oneonta faces Mahooning Valley again on Sunday at 2:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 8-5, 1st in North division
Just like Lakeland, the GCL Tigers are on break for Hurricane Dennis.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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