Tigers' Pen Loses Lead, Game to Sox (7/18 Recaps)

Having only taken two of four from Kansas City, it was imperative the Tigers get some wins over the next week against the top teams in the division. They were well on their way, that is up until the White Sox offense exploded in the 7th inning against Chris Spurling to take the lead, and eventually the game.

Detroit Tigers - 44-47, 4th in AL Central
Monday was a perfect example of why the Tigers are probably still a year away from competing for postseason play. The team jumped out to the lead early with a leadoff home run by Brandon Inge on the very first pitch of the game, then recaptured the lead in the fifth inning with three runs. That was plenty for Sean Douglass, who continues to impress after being called up from Toledo. Douglass exited the game with a 4-1 lead, having pitched six innings, allowing the one run on three hits, including six strikeouts. The lead was turned over to Chris Spurling, but Spurling was completely ineffective against the White Sox, as they put up five runs on Spurling in the 7th, including three home runs to suddenly snag a 6-4 lead. The White Sox would add another run in the 8th inning, and while Ivan Rodriguez tried to get the Tigers back into it with a solo home run in the 9th, it wasn't enough as Chicago took the 7-5 victory. Inge had a good game back in the leadoff slot, going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Magglio Ordonez also had a pair of hits in his return to Chicago. The two teams match up again at 8:05pm with Jeremy Bonderman facing Jose Contreras.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 60-34, 1st in West division
The Hens won their second in a row on Monday night and started off their series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on the right foot with a 2-1 victory in 11 innings. Curtis Granderson sent the crowd home in the bottom of the 11th with his 13th homerun of the year. Alexis Gomez provided the other run for Toledo in the bottom of the second inning with a solo shot that traveled 496 feet. Jason Karnuth got the victory to improve to 5-1 on the season. The Hens and the Barons will play the second game of the four-game series on Tuesday at noon. It will be the last weekday afternoon game for Toledo this season.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 49-45, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves' game on Monday was suspended due to rain, so they will play a double header starting at 6:05pm on Tuesday with Altoona.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 14-8, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat Jupiter 10-3 and completed a four-game sweep of the Hammerheads. Lakeland starter Lucas French (2-1) got the win. French joined the roster at the beginning of July, up from the GLC-Tigers. He pitched five and a third, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks. French was up 3-0 in the fifth but allowed Jupiter to tie it up in the bottom of the inning. The L-Tigers came out in the top of the sixth and scored three. French recorded the first out of the sixth and was replaced by Felix Sanchez who finished the inning. Danny Zell came on for one and Brian Rogers threw the last two innings, striking out four. Kody Kirkland had a terrific night at the plate. Kirkland went three for four, including a two-run homer and a RBI double. He scored four runs and had four RBI. Juan Gonzalez was three for five with two runs. Lakeland came into the game a half game behind Dunedin for the division lead. With Dunedin losing to Vero Beach today, Lakeland now takes possession of first place. The L-Tigers are scheduled off tomorrow and then begin a four-game series with the Tampa Yankees on Wednesday.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 14-10, 1st in East division
Rain postponed game three of the current West Michigan/South Bend series Monday. The entire right field warning track flooded, with ankle deep water sitting on the field. The two teams will play Tuesday at 8pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 18-6, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta squeaked out a 6-5 victory on Monday in extra innings over New Jersey. Sendy Vasquez got hit hard as the starter, allowing five runs with four hits and four walks in just 2 1/3 innings. But the bullpen pitched shutout baseball from that point on, going 8 2/3 innings with just four hits and no runs. That gave the offense a chance to get the team back in the game, and they did with a run in the 6th, and then another run in the 7th. That tied the game up, and neither would score over the final two innings to send the game into extra innings, where a run in the 11th inning on a sacrifice fly by Mark Haske proved to be the difference. William Rhymes, who scored the winning run, went 2-for-5 with two runs. Cory Middleton, Matt Joyce and Ryan Roberson also added two hits apiece, with Roberson having a double and a solo home run. They now travel to Brooklyn for a three game series, starting at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 10-11, tied 2nd in North division
The GCL Tigers have been struggling to come up with wins as of late, and that continued on Monday as they fell 13-5 to the GCL Braves. Waldy Sierra, Garrett Berger and Eric Beattie all struggled on the mound, giving up the 13 Braves' runs. The trio also combined for 10 walks in just 7-plus innings. At the plate, Casper Wells went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, an RBI and two runs. Miguel Linares also chipped in with two hits and an RBI. The two teams will face either other again on Tuesday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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