Twins Hammer Johnson, Tigers (7/21 Recaps)

Coming off a series victory over the Chicago White Sox, the Tigers had to be feeling pretty good. That good feeling likely won't last though, as when the Minnesota Twins rolled into town, they let the Tigers know who was boss (or, in more practical purposes, who was the leader in the wild card race).

Detroit Tigers - 46-48, 4th in AL Central
Nothing went right for Detroit, and everything went right for the Twins. That about sums up the Tigers' Thursday night game with Minnesota. Jason Johnson got hammered by the Twins, lasting just four innings while giving up six runs on ten hits. Chris Spurling, who was the goat of the game on Monday night in Chicago when he gave up three home runs in just 1/3 of an inning, came on in relief and allowed two more runs in three innings. That differential however proved to be plenty for the Twins though, as the Tigers managed half the runs they did in the 10-5 defeat. Of course, the team wasn't helped by the four errors the Tiger defense committed on Thursday. As far as good news, Brandon Inge went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, and Chris Shelton also had a pair of hits. The Tigers will attempt to get back in the win column on Friday night, with Mike Maroth facing Joey Mays at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 62-35, 1st in West division
Toledo got off to a rough start, but the offense brought the team back and eventually was able to pull out a victory in extra innings as Toledo won 9-8. Mark Johnson got the start but struggled, allowing eight runs in just four innings of work. Luckily, the bullpen came in and shut down the Red Barons, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball. At the plate, Curtis Granderson went 3-for-5, falling a home run short of the cycle. Ryan Raburn and Carlos Pena also each chipped in with a home run. The winning run wasn't that glamorous though, as Jason Smith walked, advanced on a wild pitch, moved to third on a single, and then scored on another wild pitch. But, the ‘Hens will still take the win. Toledo now heads to Louisville for an extensive five game series, with game one on Friday at 7:15pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 51-46, 2nd in Southern division
Erie had Thursday off, but 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 - 15-9, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Yankees 3-2 in a shortened, eight-inning contest. Brent Clevlen hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth to win the game. Chris Homer, who pitched a scoreless eighth with the game tied, got the win. Nathan Bumstead started on the mound for Lakeland. He went two and two thirds, gave up one hit and no runs. The L-Tigers were on the board first thanks to a solo shot by Derek Nicholson in the second. Danny Zell took over for Bumstead in the third and pitched through the fifth, allowing one run on two hits. Brian Rogers came on for sixth with a 2-1 lead, but gave up a run and was charged with a blown save, his fourth. Homer pitched the eighth, allowing one hit, no runs. Clevlen was the first batter in the bottom of the inning and took a pitch over the right field wall for the victory. Clevlen finished one for two with a run and a RBI. Nicholson was one for three with a run and a RBI. Lakeland has opened the four-game series against Tampa with back-to-back wins. Tomorrow, the L-Tigers and Yankees head to Tampa where they will play the next two.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 15-11, 1st in East division
Thursday's match up between West Michigan and South Bend was postponed because of rain. Unfortunately, the potential for rain exists again Friday when the teams are scheduled to take the field at 7:05 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 18-9, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta is still scoring plenty of runs, but is finding it increasingly more difficult to win simply by out-scoring the opposition. They lost again on Thursday, falling to Brooklyn 10-9. Matt O'Brien got roughed up as the starter, allowing eight runs on nine hits, but he walked away with a no decision. Jose Fragoso would take the loss in relief, as he gave up the game winning run in the 11th inning. Offensively, William Rhymes went 4-for-7 with two runs, Cory Middleton went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, and Ryan Roberson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Now done with Brooklyn thankfully, they head home to host Williamsport on Friday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 10-14, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers continued their slide as they lost to the GCL Yankees 7-1. Thomas Lyons took the loss, giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings. Jesse Caraballo relieved him, giving up two more runs over the final 4 1/3 innings, but the damage was already done, and the offense couldn't bring the team back. Wilkin Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a double, while James Skelton scored the team's lone run. They face the GCL Phillies on Friday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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