Tigers Roar Back to .500 (7/24 Recaps)

Welcome to the big leagues Curtis Granderson! A day after blasting his first home run as a major leaguer, Granderson followed that up with another big game as he helped pace the offense, which gave plenty of support to Jeremy Bonderman, who was on his game yet again as the Tigers cruised to victory over Minnesota.

Detroit Tigers - 49-49, 4th in AL Central
Watch out wild card contenders, the Tigers haven't conceded this race just yet. A stretch in which the Tigers had won four of their last six was stretched to five of their last seven as the Tigers beat Minnesota 5-2, winning their second straight series. Jeremy Bonderman was his usual spectacular self, pitching eight-plus innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. Bonderman allowed two runs on seven hits, including six strikeouts as he got his 13th win of the year. The Twins made it interesting in the 9th when they were able to get the tying run to the plate, but Kyle Farnsworth (with the help of a spectacular double play by up-the-middle duo Carlos Guillen and Omar Infante) set down the Twins 1-2-3 to close it out and earn his 5th save. The offensive star would have to go to rookie Curtis Granderson, who is quickly showing why he earned the billing of TigsTown's top prospect; Granderson went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run, including his 2nd home run as a Tiger. Carlos Guillen, Chris Shelton and Magglio Ordonez also packed a powerful punch in the 2-3-4 spots, combining for eight hits and two more RBI. Back at .500, the Tigers now head west for a critical six game stretch against Oakland and Seattle. Nate Robertson faces Ryan Franklin in the opener with Seattle, scheduled for 10:05pm eastern. - Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 63-38, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens dropped their third straight game on Sunday, losing to the Louisville Bats 4-1. The loss drops Toledo's record to 63-38, but they still lead the IL West by five and a half games. Jason Grilli got tagged for all four runs in seven innings of work and took the loss, dropping his record to 7-7. No Toledo hitter could muster more than one hit against the Louisville staff, but Mike Hessman made his one hit count by blasting his 20th homerun of the season in the second inning. Toledo will try to take at least one game from the Bats on Monday when they play the fourth and final game of the series beginning at 7:15 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 53-47, 2nd in Southern division
Oh what a night for Erie as they defeated Reading 2-1. Both of Erie's runs came from red-hot LF Mike Woods. Woods star shined in the 7th with an RBI and in the 9th with a home run. Stellar pitching goes to starter Humberto Sanchez, who gave up 1 run in 7 2/3 innings pitched, and reliever Adam Peterson (3-1) who earned the win. Edwin Almonte relieved in the 9th and earned his 29th save. Erie meets Trenton Monday night with the game starting at 7:05. Trenton stands 2nd in the Northern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 18-9, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat up on the Manatees 15-5 in the opening game of their four-game series. It was the fifth straight win for the L-Tigers. Lakeland collected nineteen hits in the game. Derek Nicholson was a terror at the plate, going four for five including two doubles. Nicholson had three RBI and scored once himself. Brent Clevlen went three for five including a double and a three-run homer. He finished with three runs scored and four RBI. Garth McKinney hit his sixteenth home run of the season and went two for four with three RBI and three runs. It was impressive night for the L-Tigers' offense. Lakeland had eight batters with multiple hits. Lucas French was the winning pitcher. French (3-1) threw six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks. Danny Zell recorded a hold for pitching a scoreless seventh. Brian Hensen pitched the last two, allowing just one hit while striking out three. The L-Tigers are now three and a half games ahead in the division. They continue their series with the Manatees tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 17-13, 1st in East division
The 'Caps were as hot as the temperature Sunday, crushing Southwest Michigan 11-2. Home runs were the hit of choice in the 2nd and 3rd innings. West Michigan came out strong in the 2nd when catcher Dusty Ryan sent a shot to left field for a grand slam. First baseman Josh Lee homered in the 3rd, sending left fielder Jeffrey Frazier home for two. A second pair of innings, the 6th and 7th, produced the rest of the Whitecaps runs. Doubles were the trend in those innings, with Ryan, Frazier, and shortstop Brent Dlugach all contributing doubles to the scoring effort. Starter Andrew Kown stayed in for six innings to record the win (6-7, 4.32 ERA). Anthony Tomey relieved Kown, and was in turn relieved by Ed Clelland. Tomey and Clelland struck out three Devil Rays and held the Southwest Michigan batters hitless. West Michigan returns home for a series with the Burlington Bees. Game one gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Monday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 18-12, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers took a tough loss as they fell again 7-6 to Williamsport. Dan Konecny got hit hard, allowing seven runs in just 2 2/3 innings of work. Jeff Hahn though came in and pitched 4 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just two hits and striking out five. At the plate, Matt Joyce went 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI, with Cory Middleton and Michael Holliman adding two hits each – Holliman with a home run and two RBI. On Monday, Oneonta travels to Aberdeen, with game time set for 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 11-15, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers were off on Sunday, but get back in action on Monday afternoon when they face the GCL Braves at noon. - Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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