West Coast Trip Has Rocky Start (7/25 Recaps)

It might have just been too much for the Tigers. After having finished up a five game series in just four days, they had to travel out west to take on the Mariners in Seattle. The Tigers came out somewhat flat, and Nate Robertson wasn't quite his usual self as the Mariners returned the Tigers to the below .500 club.

Detroit Tigers - 49-50, 4th in AL Central
Nate Robertson didn't turn in quite the start the Tigers needed, and the offense didn't explode against Ryan Franklin as the Tigers dropped the opener with the Mariners 5-3. Robertson went 6 1/3 innings, but allowed five runs, including back to back home runs by Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre in the 4th inning. The Tigers offense wasn't quite clicking, as they couldn't consistently get things started, and their one big threat (bases loaded with no outs) ended in just two runs via a sacrifice fly by Ivan Rodriguez and an RBI groundout by Craig Monroe. The Mariners, possibly a strategy, made certain not to allow Chris Shelton and Magglio Ordonez beat them, and the strategy seemed to work, as the two combined for five walks (and still three hits and an RBI from Ordonez). The Tigers will try and get the game back on Tuesday night when Jason Johnson faces Joel Piniero at 10:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 64-38, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens got back on the winning track on Monday after losing three in a row over the weekend to the Louisville Bats. This time the Toledo bats were strong enough to overcome Louisville's offensive attack and the Hens won by a final of 13-9. The Bats were greeted with an early 4-0 lead the Toledo put up in the first inning with help from Marcus Thames and Carlos Pena who both went deep in the frame. The sixth inning brought about even more good hitting for the Hens as they belted out three more round-trippers to regain the lead of 12-8. One night after having no player with more than one hit, Toledo had three batters who registered three hits apiece and three more who notched two each which helped the Hens reach their hit total of 18. John Ennis got his third win of the season after giving up one run in just over two innings of work. Toledo now travels to Norfolk to begin a four-game series with the Tides.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 53-48, 2nd in Southern division
Trenton's thunder came in loud and clear as they defeated the SeaWolves 8-1. Erie's solo run came courtesy of LF Mike Woods with an RBI double in the 3rd. SS Tony Giarratano had a fantastic night leading Erie's hitters going 4 for 4. Starter Jeremy Johnson took the loss with 5 1/3 innings on the mound. Johnson (8-6) gave up Trenton's 8 runs. Relievers John Birtwell and Corey Hamman relieved and allowed not hits for the rest of the game. The teams start on game two at 11:05 Tuesday afternoon.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 18-10, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost 7-5 to the Manatees. Lakeland starter Kevin McDowell pitched three and two-thirds, allowing five runs on nine hits and one walk. McDowell gave up an early lead to Brevard. After he had recorded the first two outs of the game, the Manatees rattled off two singles, a double, and another single to take a 3-0 lead in the first. The L-Tigers climbed back into the game in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Kelly Hunt and Juan Gonzalez hit back-to-back home runs. In the fifth, Lakeland tied it up 5-5 on Garth McKinney's three-run homer. Ian Ostlund, who had taken over for McDowell in the fourth, had a tie game going into the sixth. The Manatees' leadoff batter got on base and Ostlund was replaced by Eulogio De La Cruz. Ostlund (4-4) was charged with the loss after his base runner scored to put the Manatees ahead. Brevard's bullpen came on and held the L-Tigers scoreless through the last three innings. Hunt was two for four with a run and a RBI. McKinney finished one for four with a run and three RBI. The L-Tigers and Manatees continue their series tomorrow in Brevard County.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 17-14, 1st in East division
The Whitecaps fell 5-1 to the Burlington Bees Monday in the first match up of a four game series. The 'Caps had the hits (8), but couldn't manage to convert them into runs. The lone West Michigan run came in the 6th when center fielder Clete Thomas scored on a Jeffrey Frazier (LF) single. Seven 'Caps runners were stranded on base, four in scoring position with two out. Starting pitcher Josh Kauten (L, 4-2, 3.25 ERA) had the Bees looking and swinging. Five Bees went down on Kauten strikes. Kauten allowed seven hits, a home run, and four earned runs in his four innings on the mound. A trio of relievers (Kevin Ardoin, Matthew Righter, Freddy Dolsi) kept the Bees in check for the rest of the game, allowing only two hits and one run. The teams meet again Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 19-12, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers were finally able to get back on track, took a great start from Guillermo Moscoso and turned it into a win. Moscoso turned in seven solid innings, allowing a run on three hits, including a very impressive ten strikeouts. Kevin Whelan closed it out for his 3rd save of the year. The offense wasn't firing on all cylinders like normal, but it did enough to get the 3-1 victory. William Rhymes had a big game, going 3-for-4, including two runs and an RBI. Michael Holliman also chipped in with two hits and an RBI. They face Aberdeen again on Tuesday at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 11-16, 4th in North division
Losses keep mounting for the GCL Tigers as they fell to the GCL Braves 6-0. Brendan Wise took the loss, allowing five runs on a whopping eleven hits over five innings. That was plenty for the opposition, as the offense managed just four hits (two of them from shortstop Louis Ott). Agustin Guzman managed a double, the team's lone extra base hit. They travel to Orlando to take on the GCL Braves again at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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