Tigers Head to Break with a Win (7/10 Recaps)

The Tigers simply couldn't allow a team that really has little business having a major league schedule tie them two apiece over a four game series, meaning Sunday was a must win. The offense played like it too, as they put up nine runs on the Devil Rays to ensure the series victory and heading into the All Star break having won five of their last six.

Detroit Tigers - 42-44, 4th in AL Central
Mike Maroth didn't have his best stuff, but when he wasn't quite on, the offense came to support him as the Tigers capped off the season's first half with a 9-4 victory over Tampa Bay. Maroth wasn't great, but was good enough to get the win, pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on ten hits, including five strikeouts. His offense took the lead in the third though, and never relinquished. Not only did the offense come to play, but the bullpen was strong as well, as Chris Spurling and Kyle Farnsworth closed it out, not allowing a single hit over the final 3 2/3 innings. At the plate, Magglio Ordonez is continuing to demonstrate why he was an RBI machine in Chicago, as he drove in three more, giving him 11 in just 12 games. Carlos Guillen also had another big game, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Rondell White and Dmitri Young also each had a pair of RBI in the win. The Tigers now can rest (except for Pudge Rodriguez) over the All Star weekend, before heading back into action on Thursday with a four game series with Kansas City.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 57-32, 1st in West division
The Hens won their ninth in a row on Sunday and maintained their 4.5 game lead over Indianapolis in the IL West with a 6-2 win over Columbus. Wil Ledezma made the start for the Hens and pitched four innings without allowing a run. John Ennis got the win for his two innings of work, despite allowing two runs. Toledo only needed seven hits to cement the victory and Brandon Harper was the only Hen with more than one going 2-4 on the night with a homerun and two RBI. Marcus Thames also went deep for his 12th of the year. The Hens now have three days off for the All-Star Break and will return home to play host to Buffalo on July 14.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 48-41, 1st in Southern division
After the 1st inning, no one heard a peep from the SeaWolves who lost 9-2 against Akron. DH Kurt Airoso doubled in Erie's first run in the 1st. RF Bryon Gettis had an RBI ground out for Erie's final run in the inning and the game. The leading hitters were 2B Juan Francia going 2-3 and LF Mike Woods going 2-4. Starter Nate Cornejo (4-10) took the loss after giving up 4 runs in 6 innings pitched. Adam Peterson continued and gave up 4 more runs in 2/3 of an inning in relief. Corey Hamman took over in the 7th and finished the game, giving up one run. The SeaWolves final match up with Akron is Monday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 10-4, 2nd in West division
Due to Hurricane Dennis, Lakeland's games for the weekend were postponed. They're expected to return to action on Monday.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 9-9, tied 2nd in East division
The ‘Caps got a strong effort on the mound, but the offense couldn't match as West Michigan lost to Clinton 2-0. Josh Rainwater made the start and took the loss despite an impressive performance; he allowed a run on five hits over six innings, including 11 strikeouts and not a single walk. The ‘Caps had eight hits, but were never able to seal the deal and get a run across the plate. Justin Justice had three of those eight hits, while Nick McIntyre had a double, the team's only extra base hit. They face Clinton to wrap up the series Monday at 10am.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 13-5, 1st in Stedler division
Their run of blowout victories finally ran out, as the O-Tigers lost to Mahooning Valley 9-1. Bruce Badenhop was the starter but got hit hard, allowing eight runs in just 2 1/3 innings. Collin Mahoney came on in relief, giving up another two runs in two innings; he walked four batters with just one strikeout though. Oneonta managed 10 hits, but couldn't consistently turn those hits into runs. Matt Joyce and Brandon Timm had a pair of hits apiece. Oneonta and Mahooning Valley finish their series on Monday at 7:05pm.
- 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. They're expected to return to action on Monday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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