Tigers Stop Late Rally to Win Series (7/20 Recaps)

After having just split a four game series with the Kansas City Royals, the prospects weren't promising for the Tigers recent road trip. But it seems the Tigers succeed when expectations are at their lowest, as the Tigers went on to take two of three from the AL leading Chicago White Sox, despite a late push from the Sox on Wednesday.

Detroit Tigers - 46-47, 4th in AL Central
Nate Robertson hasn't received a lot of hype this season, but he has continued to pitch well all year long, and was finally rewarded on Wednesday with enough support to earn him the victory. Robertson allowed three runs on four hits, including six strikeouts as he won his 5th game of the year. It didn't come easy though. The Tigers clung to a slim 4-3 lead heading into the 9th, and that's when things started to get interesting. Omar Infante led off the inning with a home run, seemingly providing some breathing room. But the Tigers didn't stop there, and added three more runs to build a five run (and assumed solid) lead. But, no lead is comfortable when facing the White Sox, as Chicago capitalized on the shakiness of Kyle Farnsworth, scoring three runs on the fireballer. Manager Alan Trammell had to turn to the bullpen again, and went with Craig Dingman, who recorded the final out to get his first big league save of the year. Farnsworth was hoping to answer questions that he couldn't close, but those questions will likely re-emerge, as he allowed three runs with two hits and three walks allowed. At the plate, Brandon Inge went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while five other Tigers had multi-hit games, including Chris Shelton, who had three with three RBI and his 9th home run. The Tigers will now face Minnesota for five games in Comerica Park, starting Thursday night at 7:05pm with Jason Johnson going up against Johan Santana.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 61-35, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens learned on Wednesday that all things must come to an end. The three game winning streak that Toledo boasted coming into the affair was put on hold and the series of extra-inning games also came to a halt. Toledo was beaten by the Red Barons 7-3 in the first nine-inning game of the series. Nothing seemed to go right for the Hens as they blew an early lead, managed only seven hits, and committed two errors on the night. The brightspots at the plate for Toledo were Alexis Gomez and Mike Hessman who each had two hits to account for over half of the Hens' total. Matt Ginter dropped to 3-2 after giving up five earned runs on nine hits. The Hens will try to take the series from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 51-46, 2nd in Southern division
For Erie's fans at the 12:05 game it was lunch time. For the SeaWolves, however, it was more like launch time as they blasted 3 home runs on the way to a 5-4 win against Altoona. CF Victor Mendez ignited Erie with a 2-run homer in the 4th. DH Kurt Airoso shined in the 5th with an RBI double. LF Chris Maples blasted a home run in the 6th and 1B Juan Tejeda slammed in another homer in the 7th. Tejeda had a fun night going 3 for 3. Starter Jeremy Johnson (8-5)iced Altoona's hitters by striking out 7 in 6 innings and holding Altoona to 3 runs. Corey Hamman relieved in the 7th and was followed by Edwin Almonte in the 9th, who gave up one run and took his 28th save. Erie has Thursday off and travels to play against Reading Friday night at 7:05. Reading stands 5th in the Southern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 14-8, 1st in West division
More rain means no baseball for the L-Tigers. They'll try and face Tampa on Thursday and hope to avoid the rain with a doubleheader starting at 5pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 15-11, 1st in East division
A West Michigan Whitecaps 15-11 Wednesday was an off day for West Michigan. The 'Caps are now in Battle Creek for a four-game road series against the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays. The Rays are just one game back from the division-leading Whitecaps so fans can expect fierce competition in this series. Game time Thursday is 7:05 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 18-8, 1st in Stedler division
Another high scoring loss is chalked up for Oneonta, as they fell to Brooklyn 11-8. Guillermo Moscoso had a solid start, giving up a run in five innings, but Brooklyn blew the game open against Collin Mahoney in the sixth inning, where Mahoney allowed five runs while not recording an out. Oneonta's one through four hitters led the way offensively, each with at least two hits and all four scoring at least one run. Justin Justice also drove in a pair of runs. Oneonta finishes up their series with Brooklyn on Thursday night at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 10-13, 4th in North division
It had been ugly, but it just got worse. The GCL Tigers fell to the GCL Yankees 15-1 on Wednesday. Orlando Perdomo took the loss, giving up six runs over four innings. He wasn't the only one, as Garrett Berger allowed five more runs in just 2/3 of an inning, and Eric Beattie gave up another three in just 1/3 of an inning. It'd be tough for the offense to keep up with 15 runs of offense, but not much happened on the offensive side. Pedruin Bautista went 2-for-3, and drove in the lone run. They host the GCL Yankees on Thursday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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