Detroit Tigers - 50-52, 4th in AL Central
It was one of those games where you just shake your head in disbelief. The Tigers got 12 hits off Rich Harden, chasing him in the sixth inning. But despite all those hits, the Tigers could manage just four runs over that span. Oakland's bullpen took over from there and kept the Tigers away from home plate as Oakland went on to an 8-4 victory. Sean Douglass finally proved to be human, as he followed the path of Mike Maroth, getting chased in just the third inning. He went 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on just six hits. At the plate, Placido Polanco went 4-for-5 with a run and two RBI, while Brandon Inge went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Rondell White also chipped in with three hits. Magglio Ordonez also saw his career best 20 game hit streak come to an end. Nate Robertson will try and get the ship back on course at 4:05pm when he goes up against Barry Zito.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 65-41, 1st in West division
Toledo was finally able to get a game from the Tides, but they needed extra frames to do it as they beat Norfolk 4-2 on Friday night. Joel Zumaya was lights out, pitching six shutout innings, giving up five hits while striking out 12 Norfolk batters. Unfortunately, John Ennis and Doug Creek couldn't hold the lead and gave up two runs in the 7th, losing the victory for Zumaya. Mark Woodyard and Jason Karnuth were excellent in relief, each pitching two shutout innings, with Karnuth getting the win after Ryan Raburn's RBI single in the 11th. Marcus Thames went 2-for-4 at the plate, including a double, while Raburn drove in a pair of runs. Toledo, now done with Norfolk, heads home to host Durham at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 55-50, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves fell at home 6-3 to Reading. Humberto Sanchez took the loss as he only made it 4 2/3 innings. He gave up two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Corey Hamman then came on in relief, but was hit hard, allowing four more runs in 2 1/3 innings. The offense meanwhile continued to struggle along, as they could never get any solid threat going to do some damage to Reading. David Espinosa managed two hits atop the lineup; while Chris Maples went 3-for-4 including scoring two of Erie's three runs from the nine spot. Erie faces Reading again on Saturday at 7:05pm.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 21-11, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Dodgers 5-4. Lakeland scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at four, but Vero Beach came back and scored the winning run in the bottom of the frame to get the victory. Starting pitcher Preston Larrison did not get a decision. He went six and a third, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk. Larrison left in the seventh behind 3-2 with a runner on base. Eulogio De La Cruz came in and got the last two outs of the inning, but not before the Dodgers had extended the lead to two runs. In the ninth, Lakeland started the inning with four straight singles, which included RBI hits from Brent Clevlen and Derek Nicholson. Danny Zell came on to try and hold the Dodgers and take Lakeland to extra innings, but couldn't get the job done. Zell got the loss. He hit the first batter he faced with a pitch, and then gave up a single and a walk to load the bases. The Dodgers won when Zell walked the winning run across the plate. Nicholson finished two for four with a RBI. Kody Kirkland hit his twelfth home run of the year in the third. He finished one for four with a run and a RBI. The L-Tigers wrap up their series with the Dodgers today in Vero Beach.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 21-14, 1st in East division
The 'Caps continued their winning ways Friday, beating Southwest Michigan 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th. Center fielder Clete Thomas led off the 10th with a single and then stole 2nd with Matt Parrish batting. Parrish singled to advance Thomas to 3rd and then advanced to 2nd himself when left fielder Jeffrey Frazier was intentionally walked. With the bases loaded, Thomas took advantage of a balk to score the game-winning run. Despite the win, the 'Caps were out-hit by the Devil Rays. Starter Andrew Kown gave up eight hits and two runs. Reliever Kevin Ardoin allowed an additional two hits while striking out three. Closer Ed Clelland, who threw to just two Devil Rays, recorded the win (6-2, 3.81). West Michigan and Southwest Michigan meet again Saturday at Fifth Third Ballpark. Play begins at 7:00 p.m. with fireworks immediately following the game.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 22-13, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta split their doubleheader with Tri-City, taking the first game but dropping the second one. In the first, Oneonta jumped all over Tri-City and never let up as they cruised to a 12-1 victory. Sendy Vasquez pitched five shutout innings to get the win, with Dan Konecny pitching the final two, giving up the lone run. Justin Justice had three hits, two runs and two RBI, while Michael Holliman blasted a grand slam. Mark Haske also drove in four runs, and Rafael Mendez chipped in with three hits and two RBI. Things didn't go as well in the second game as they lost 8-4. Thomas Lyons got the start and the loss, allowing five runs in two innings before leaving the game. Michael Holliman still was firing in the second game, going 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBI. Cory Middleton also drove in a pair. Oneonta and Tri-City face off again on Saturday at 1:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 12-19, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers lost yet again on Friday, falling to the GCL Phillies 11-8. Lucas French made it five innings, but was never able to keep the Phillies off the basepaths as he gave up seven runs (six earned). His offense kept him in the game though; it wasn't until reliever Luis Gil gave up four runs over the next three innings that lost the lead and the game for the Tigers. Gil took the loss, falling to 1-2. Wilkin Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with two runs, while Santo de Leon went 2-for-5, including a solo home run and three RBI. Agustin Guzman also went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. They face the GCL Phillies again on Saturday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor