'Da Meat Hook Drives Tigers (7/26 Recaps)

The Tigers game was turning into yet another like they've had all too often, that is up until something clicked in the 8th inning and the Tigers scored four runs over the final two innings (with some help from Dmitri Young) to distance themselves from the Seattle Mariners and get back in the win column.

Detroit Tigers - 50-50, 4th in AL Central
Tuesday night's game was a game you'd just expect the Tigers to lose. Every time the Tigers put runs on the board, the pitching staff would give them right back. Every time they needed a big hit, they couldn't get it. But instead the offense came back around and turned a potentially frustrating situation into an 8-5 victory. Jason Johnson got the victory after pitching eight innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits. Kyle Farnsworth, who has held strong so far, pitched the 9th inning to earn his 6th save. Dmitri Young drove the offense, as he had three hits and five RBI – a two run double in the 4th, and a three run home run in the 8th. Carlos Guillen also had another solid game, with three hits and an RBI. Chris Shelton and Magglio Ordonez also each had a hit and an RBI. The rubber match takes place at 10:05pm with Mike Maroth facing Jamie Moyer.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 64-38, 1st in West division
Toledo and Norfolk were postponed on Tuesday, no word yet on a makeup. They face the Tides on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 54-48, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves squeezed by with a 4-3 win against the Trenton Thunder. Erie 1B Juan Tejeda kicked Erie's scoring into gear with an RBI single in the 1st. DH Kurt Airoso made his presence known with a 2-run homer in the 6th and CF Victor Mendez slammed a homer in the 8th for the winning run. Starter Virgil Vasquez lasted 4 innings and gave up 2 runs. Lee Rodney relieved and gave up one run. Mike Bumatay (2-3) relieved in the 7th and took the win. Edwin Almonte closed the game and collected his 30th save of the season. The teams play Wednesday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 19-10, 1st in West division
Lakeland shut out Brevard County on Tuesday, with Nate Bumstead and the bullpen combining to pitch the 5-0 victory. Bumstead got the win, allowing just three hits in six innings – it was Bumstead's 11th win of the year. Eulogio DeLa Cruz, Daniel Zell and Brian Rogers took care of the final three innings, with Rogers earning his 2nd save. The top four hitters drove the offense, with Gilberto Mejia and Vincent Blue having two hits each in the top two spots, and Brent Clevlen and Kelly Hunt each having a hit and an RBI from the next two spots. They face Brevard County again on Wednesday at 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 18-14, 1st in East division
The 'Caps bounced back in a major way from their Monday loss, blanking the Bees 8-0. Leadoff batter Clete Thomas set the tone for the game with a single followed by some serious hustle. Thomas stole second, and then charged home third baseman Nick McIntyre's single. McIntyre took Thomas' example to heart, scoring three of the 'Caps eight runs. The big hit award went to first baseman Jody Roughton, who scored DH Jeffrey Frazier on a huge triple to center field. Dallas Trahern (W, 6-8, 3.10 ERA), Anthony Tomey, and P. J. Finigan held the Bees in check, allowing only five hits and striking out four. West Michigan will look to continue their winning ways when they face the Bees Wednesday. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 20-12, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta triumphed again as they beat Aberdeen 6-3 on Tuesday night. Matt O'Brien got the win to improve to 3-0, pitching seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits. Good news as well from relief, as Collin Mahoney pitched a solid inning, walking one and striking out one without a hit or run allowed. The offense was helped along by three home runs; one each from Michael Holliman (a two run homer), Cory Middleton (also a two run home run), and Justin Justice (a solo shot). Middleton and Justice helped get the scoring going in the 2nd inning, when both blasted their bombs. Oneonta finishes up their series with Aberdeen on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 11-17, 4th in North division
Still no luck for the GCL Tigers, as they dropped yet another game to the GCL Braves, mirroring the Oneonta score, only in the other direction, as they fell 6-3. Matt Rusch made his debut with the team, giving three runs in four innings before giving way to the bullpen. Rusch took the loss. Brian Ott was the power of the offense, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Miguel Linares chipped in with a pair of hits and scored a run. The GCL Tigers have now lost 12 of their last 14 games, but will try and change that on Wednesday against the GCL Yankees at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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