Seattle Stops Tigers in Tracks (7/27 Recaps)

The Tigers went into Seattle with confidence, coming off two straight series wins over the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins. No one ever ventured to think they'd be given problems by the Seattle Mariners. But that's exactly what happened, as the two teams finished up the series on Wednesday with a 9-3 Seattle victory.

Detroit Tigers - 50-51, 4th in AL Central
The 9-3 loss to the Mariners wasn't what the Tigers were hoping for, not with heading to face one of the hottest teams in all of baseball, the Oakland Athletics. Mike Maroth came out, and most nights, turns in a solid start. But not Wednesday, as Maroth was hammered, being chased in the second inning. Maroth allowed six runs (though just three earned) in an inning and 2/3. Chris Spurling did well in relief, giving up two runs in 3 1/ 3 innings, but the damage had already been done. The offense simply wasn't going to keep up with the Mariners on Wednesday. They did manage three runs, but they didn't get on the board until the 8th inning. Placido Polanco made his return to the lineup with a big game, going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Rondell White also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. The Tigers are off on Thursday, but hope to show better down by the bay against the A's. Sean Douglass will face Rich Harden at 10:05pm on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 64-40, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens and Norfolk Tides made up the game they missed Tuesday on Wednesday night as part of double-header, and the two teams needed an extra frame to decide the winner. A four-run sixth inning by the Tides left Toledo scrambling to score a run, which they did, in the top of the seventh, which sent the game to an extra inning. Unfortunately for the Hens the Tides only needed one more chance to bat to put the game away by a final of 6-5. Jason Smith led the Hens at the plate going 2-4 with a homerun and two RBI. Alexis Gomez and Brandon Harper both also went 2-4 in the first game. Rob Henkel took his first loss of the season, giving up two hits and the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth. The second game wasn't much better as Toledo lost to the Tides 7-2. Kenny Baugh took the loss, giving up six runs (just three earned) in five innings. Baugh also struck out seven. Carlos Pena and Mike Hessman each had a pair of hits, but that wasn't enough to get a victory. Toledo faces Norfolk on Thursday at 12:15pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 54-49, 2nd in Southern division
Erie just couldn't hold the lead Wednesday night in a rain delayed game as the Trenton Thunder rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the ninth to snatch a 9-8 win from Erie. The SeaWolves bats were alive with 11 hits, led by a 3 for 5 performance by LF Kurt Airoso, that included 2 home runs and 4 RBI's. Also joining Erie's hit parade were 2B Juan Francia (2 for 5, with 3 RBI's), 1B Juan Tejeda (2 for 4,with 2 doubles),and SS Tony Giarratano (2 for 4). Starter Nate Cornejo pitched well for Erie, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) in 7 innings of work. Erie reliever John Birtwell came on in the 8th but was rocked for 4 runs in 1 1/3 innings. Losing pitcher Edwin Almonte (1-4) relieved Birtwell in the ninth and was tagged for 2 runs, including the game winner for Trenton. The SeaWolves and Thunder meet again in a 7:05 P.M. game in Trenton on Thursday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 20-10, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Manatees 7-3. Lakeland starter Jermy Rodriguez went four and two-thirds scoreless innings. He gave up five hits and a walk and struck out five. Rodriguez left the game in the fifth with 2-0 lead but did not get the decision. Felix Sanchez came on for Rodriguez to finish the fifth. He got out of the inning, but in the sixth, Sanchez allowed two runs that tied up the game. Brian Hensen replaced Sanchez in the sixth. Hensen pitched two and two-thirds, allowing one run on three hits. He was charged with his first blown save after surrendering the lead, but was awarded the win after Lakeland came back to score three runs in the seventh. In the seventh, Kody Kirkland had a RBI single and Gilberto Mejia hit a two-run double to put the L-Tigers up 5-2. The Manatees scored again in the bottom of the seventh. Lakeland added two more in the eighth on Kody Kirkland's two-run single. Chris Homer came on and pitched a scoreless ninth. Kirkland finished the game two for three with a run and three RBI. Juan Gonzalez was two for four with two runs. Kelly Hunt was two for three with two runs scored. Lakeland travels to Vero Beach tomorrow to take on the Dodgers.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 19-14, 1st in East division
The 'Caps waited until the bottom of the 9th to score Wednesday, but the two runs were enough to put them ahead of Burlington 2-1. West Michigan now leads their current series 3-0. With two outs in the 9th, second baseman Brooks Colvin singled to send center fielder Luis Sabino, who lead off the inning with a walk, home to tie the game. Colvin advanced to 2nd on the throw. Catcher Christopher Robinson stepped up next, sending a ground ball double to right field that scored Colvin for the win. Reliever Lavon Lewis was the winning pitcher (2-0, 1.54), allowing just one hit in the last three innings of the game. Burlington got seven hits off starter Jair Jurrjens but the 'Caps defense held the runs to just one. The teams meet Thursday to close out this series. Game time is 7:00 p.m. with fireworks immediately following the game.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 21-12, 1st in Stedler division
The Oneonta offense out-paced Aberdeen on Wednesday for a 10-8 win. Bruce Badenhop allowed four runs in four innings as the starter, taking a no decision. Jose Fragoso gave up three runs in two innings of relief, but got the win nonetheless. William Rhymes drove in three runs for Oneonta, while Matt Joyce had two hits and two runs, Cory Middleton had two hits, a run and an RBI, and Justin Justice went 3-for-5 with three more RBI. After taking care of Aberdeen, they're off on Thursday before returning home to host Tri-City on Friday at 6pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 12-17, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers finally got back in the win column with an 8-6 victory over the GCL Yankees. Jesse Caraballo got a no decision for his start, allowing six runs on ten hits in 5 1/3 innings. But from that point forward, a trio of relievers combined to shut out the GCL Yankees to help hold the lead. Angel Reyes went 2-for-4 with two runs, while Miguel Linares had two RBI to go along with his double. Pedruin Bautista also got in on the action with a solo home run. They now travel to Tampa to take on the GCL Yankees on Thursday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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