Royals Top Tigs in 2nd Half Opener (7/14 Recaps)

The Tigers kicked off the second half of their season in less than impressive fashion as despite the offense putting up nine runs, Jeremy Bonderman and the pitching staff couldn't slow down the Royals who out-paced Detroit at Comerica Park.

Detroit Tigers - 42-45, 4th in AL Central
It wasn't the debut the Tigers, or Jeremy Bonderman, were looking for as they lost to Kansas City 12-9. Bonderman didn't have his best stuff and was consistently trying to work his way out of jams. Bonderman pitched six innings (and pitched but didn't record an out in the 7th), allowing six runs on eight hits, including nine strikeouts. The bullpen came in to try and stop the bleeding, but did so with little effectiveness, as Jamie Walker and Franklyn German were tagged for another six runs. At the plate, all was well and good, except nine runs just wasn't enough on Thursday night. Chris Shelton had another big game, going 3-for-4 with three RBI, including his 8th home run. Magglio Ordonez added three hits and drove in a pair, and Craig Monroe also added a solo home run. The Tigers will try and show better on Friday night when Sean Douglass faces D.J. Carrasco at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 57-33, 1st in West division
Much like the Tigers, the Toledo offense showed up, but the pitching couldn't slow down Buffalo as the ‘Hens lost 9-6. Jason Grilli took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Curtis Granderson is once again showing he's a second half player, continuing his hot hitting going 2-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI. Jason Smith, Don Kelly and Sandy Martinez all added two hits and an RBI for Toledo. The two teams face off again on Friday at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 48-42, 2nd in Southern division
Erie was supposed to get their second half started on Thursday night, but Mother Nature had other plans. The game was rained out, and it'll be made up as a doubleheader on Friday night, starting at 6:05pm.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 11-7, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers lost 11-7, dropping their third straight to the Mets. Lakeland starter Kevin McDowell went four innings, giving up four runs on four hits and six walks. McDowell allowed one run in the first but was well ahead after the L-Tigers scored five in the third. In the third, Brent Clevlen hit a two run homer and Vincent Blue, Kody Kirkland and Danilo Sanchez had RBI singles. St. Lucie got another run in the fourth and then exploded for five in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. McDowell started the fifth by giving up a leadoff single and then issued three straight walks. McDowell was lifted for Danny Zell, who finished the fifth and pitched the sixth. Zell allowed one run on one hit and no walks. Eulogio DeLa Cruz came on in the seventh and threw three perfect innings. The L-Tigers came back to tie the game with a run in the eighth and another in the ninth. Lakeland had a great chance to win in the ninth with two runners in scoring position and one out; however, the Mets were able to get out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts. Lakeland brought in Felix Sanchez to pitch the tenth. Sanchez got the first batter to ground out, but things deteriorated quickly after that. The Mets broke loose for six hits and scored four runs; two of them on a home run by St. Lucie's Andy Wilson. The L-Tigers went down one-two-three in the bottom of the tenth to end the game. Clevlen finished two for six with two RBI and a run scored. Eric Rodland went four for five with a run. Sanchez was three for four with a RBI. The L-Tigers out-hit the Mets 16-11 but did not play solid defense, recording four errors in the game. Lakeland goes on the road and begins a four-game series against Jupiter tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 12-9, 1st in East division
The Whitecaps didn't follow the lead of the rest of the organization as they topped Dayton 6-5 on Thursday. Dallas Trahern got the win, allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings. Lavon Lewis gave up three unearned runs to close out the game. Clete Thomas is starting off well at West Michigan, going 1-for-2 from the leadoff spot, including two walks. He also scored two runs. Brent Dlugach drove in a pair of runs, and Matt Parrish went 2-for-4 with an RBI. They face Dayton again at 7pm on Friday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 15-5, 1st in Stedler division
Strangely enough, Oneonta's game on Thursday was postponed due to a power outage. They'll face Batavia again on Friday at 7pm. No word yet on a make up.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 9-8, 2nd in North division
The GCL Tigers have gone cold, as they lost again on Thursday by a score of 8-2 to the GCL Yankees. Orlando Perdomo took the loss, giving up three runs in four innings. Eric Beattie made another appearance on the mound, being somewhat effective, allowing a run over two innings – unfortunately over that period he also walked four batters. Audy Ciriaco was really the only source of offense, going 2-for-4, scoring both the team's runs, including one via a solo home run. The Tigers will take on the GCL Phillies for a doubleheader on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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