Tigers Rest Up on Off Day (7/28 Recaps)

The Tigers got a day off to rest up and lick their wounds after dropping two of three to the Seattle Mariners. The Tigers were resting, but down on the farm there was still action, including an impressive streak from one of the top prospects finally coming to an end.

Detroit Tigers - 50-51, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers were idle 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 - 64-41, 1st in West division
Norfolk just seems to have the Mud Hens number as they beat Toledo 4-0. Andrew Good pitched well but took the loss nonetheless, giving up four runs (three earned) in seven innings. Jason Scobie was the one that shut down the ‘Hens as he improved to 13-4 on the year. Toledo was able to manage just five hits at the plate, three of which came from Gookie Dawkins, who went 3-for-3 with a double. Carlos Pena and Kevin Hooper were the only other players that were able to get a hit. Toledo has one more game with Norfolk, Friday evening at 7:15pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 55-49, 2nd in Southern division
Parting with such sweet joy were the SeaWolves after defeating Trenton 6-1. Erie's first run wasn't until the 6th with DH Kurt Airoso's RBI single. C Max St. Pierre impressively brought in 3 runs off a ground out in the 8th and 1B Juan Tejeda doubled in the last two runs in the 9th. The game's winning pitcher was starter Justin Verlander. In 8 innings, Verlander (2-0) gave up one run and struck out 7. Lee Rodney relieved in the 9th to close the game. The SeaWolves travel home to face the Reading Phillies. Reading is placed last in the Southern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 21-10, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers cranked out 21 hits and rolled over the Dodgers 13-7. Lakeland's offensive barrage included six home runs hit by five different players. Winning pitcher Jordan Tata went eight innings, allowing four runs; three of them earned. He gave up nine hits, no walks and struck out four. After Tata gave up two in the first, the L-Tigers answered back with four runs in the second. Kody Kirkland hit a two-run homer. Russ Cleveland and Garth McKinney followed with solo shots. It was McKinney's 18th home run of the year. The Dodgers tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the second but the L-Tigers answered again with three runs in the third, three in the fourth, and another in the fifth. Derek Nicholson hit a homer in the third. Kody Kirkland followed him with his second of the game. Kirkland finished two for four with two runs and four RBI. Nicholson went three for five with two runs and two RBI. Brent Clevlen went two for six with four RBI and a run scored. Clevlen hit his 14th homer of the year in the fourth. Lakeland gave up three runs in the ninth, but the runs didn't put the game in jeopardy because of a nine-run lead. The L-Tigers and Dodgers will play the second game of this three-game series tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 20-14, 1st in East division
Sweep! The 'Caps topped Burlington 4-2 Thursday, sending the Bees home with four games in their loss column. Two of the newer faces on the roster, pitchers Freddy Dolsi (1-0, 3.60) and P. J. Finigan (3, 1.72), recorded the win and the save. Shortstop Brent Dlugach had the hot bat for the night. Dlugach led the hits with three and his two RBIs scored half the West Michigan runs. Center fielder Clete Thomas, third baseman Nick McIntyre, and left fielder Jeff Frazier all crossed the plate for the 'Caps. Frazier's 1st inning double sent McIntyre home for the first of his two runs. Dlugach stepped up next to collect his first hit and RBI of the night, sending Frazier back to the dugout on a line drive single to right field. At the end of the first, the 'Caps led 2-1 and didn't look back. The 'Caps remain at home for their next series, welcoming Southwest Michigan to Fifth Third Ballpark for a four game match up. Play gets underway Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 21-12, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta was off on Thursday but return to action on Friday when they head home to host Tri-City at 6pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 12-18, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers lost a close one as they fell to the GCL Yankees 3-2. Ramon Garcia took the loss but pitched well, giving up three unearned runs on four hits in six innings. Rhiner Cruz pitched two shutout innings of relief, but the damage had already been done. Oneonta took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth, only to hand it back in the bottom half, giving up two more unearned runs. Both teams would hold serve from that point forward. Audy Ciriaco went 2-for-3 with a run from the designated hitter position, and Pedruin Bautista had the team's only RBI. They host the GCL Phillies on Friday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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