Tigers Return Home a Broken Bunch (7/31 Recaps)

Coming off two series victories against teams within the division (that are above them in the standings no less), things were looking up for the Tigers. Then they traveled out west, where a 1-5 west coast trip promptly squashed that optimism. The trip was capped off with a 5-2 defeat in Oakland on Sunday.

Detroit Tigers - 50-54, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers have had a habit of making mediocre pitchers look far better than they are. On Sunday, that was Kirk Saarloos, as Saarloos went the distance against Detroit. He was just a couple outs away from a complete game shutout too, until a Magglio Ordonez two run home run broke up the shutout. Jeremy Bonderman meanwhile wasn't quite up to that level, as he was continually working his way in and out of trouble. Bonderman allowed four runs on eight hits, including four walks and just one strikeout. It was Bonderman's 7th loss of the year. Ordonez provided all the run scoring, while Carlos Guillen was the only player for Detroit with a multi-hit game – he also scored the other run besides Ordonez. At four games under .500, the Tigers have worked themselves into quite a hole if they still hope to compete for the wild card. They'll have Monday to re-group before mixing it up with Seattle, this time back in Detroit at Comerica Park. Jason Johnson faces Jamie Moyer at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 66-42, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens couldn't slow down Durham as they dropped their game on Sunday 8-6. Matt Ginter was the pitcher on record, but he allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss. The offense put up six runs itself, but most of that came too late as part of a five run eighth inning, when Durham had already put up their eight runs. Jason Smith helped bring in some of those with a three run home run as part of that eighth inning. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to catch Durham. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-5 with two runs in the loss, and Alexis Gomez drove in a pair of runs. Toledo has Monday off to try and regroup after a rough week, but they return to action on Tuesday to host Richmond at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 56-51, 3rd in Southern division
Ouch! The SeaWolves rallied, but couldn't quite catch the Phillies in a 7-6 loss on Sunday afternoon in Erie. The game looked to be quickly out of reach as Reading jumped to a 6-0 lead in the top of the second. The SeaWolves rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the second, and added runs in the fifth and ninth. Reading scored one additional run in the eighth, and that proved to be decisive in the Phillies one run victory. Strong hitting displays came from 1B Juan Tejeda (2 for 5, including a double), SS Tony Giarratano (2 for 5), and C Mike Rabelo (2 for 4). 2B Juan Francia added 2 RBI's. It was a tough loss for Erie starting pitcher Virgil Vasquez (2-4) who gave up six runs (only three earned). Reliever Adam Peterson gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings of relief. Reliever John Birtwell closed with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless pitching. Erie hosts Altoona at 7:05 P.M. on Monday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 21-13, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers were beaten by the Dodgers 4-3. Starter Nathan Bumstead lost for just the third time this season. Bumstead (11-3) pitched six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and two walks. The Dodgers scored on their first at-bat with a solo shot from leadoff batter Xavier Paul. Lakeland couldn't manage a run until the fifth when a RBI single by Gilberto Mejia made it 2-1. Lakeland suffered two costly fielding errors in the bottom of the sixth. Vincent Blue committed an error in center field. Third baseman Kody Kirkland had an error on the next play and Vero Beach ended up adding two more runs to their lead. Brian Hensen came in and pitched a scoreless seventh. The L-Tigers scored two in the eighth to get within one but the Dodgers brought in Mark Alexander who proceeded to shut the L-Tigers down on the way to his nineteenth save of the year. Alexander struck out every Lakeland batter he faced. He came on and got out of the eighth with two strikeouts and he sat the L-Tigers down in the ninth one-two-three to end the game. Mejia was two for four with a run and a RBI. Lakeland also got RBI singles from Brent Clevlen and Derek Nicholson. The Dodgers have taken three in a row from the L-Tigers in this match up of division leaders.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 21-16, 1st in East division
The Whitecaps suffered a disappointing loss Sunday, falling 4-3 to Southwest Michigan in 11 innings. The 'Caps led the Devil Rays 3-2 going into the 8th inning, but a Southwest Michigan solo homer off pitcher Lavon Lewis tied the game and set the stage for extra innings. Losing pitcher P.J. Finigan (0-2, 1.93) gave up two hits in the 11th that resulted in the game-winning run for the Devil Rays. For West Michigan, DH Wilkin Ramirez led the lineup with two hits, two runs, a solo homer, and one RBI. Ramirez's 2nd inning homer was his 11th of the year. West Michigan will have another go at the Devil Rays Monday. Play gets underway at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 23-14, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta was only able to get the first of their doubleheader in with Tri-City before having the second one postponed due to rain. In the first game, Oneonta lost 4-1. Guillermo Moscoso took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings. After making progress as of late, Collin Mahoney then came on in relief and had an up-and-down outing, giving up a run on one hit, but still walking more (three) than striking out. At the plate, Oneonta managed just four singles, with Cory Middleton driving in the lone run on an RBI single in the third inning. Oneonta now moves on for a series with Hudson Valley, starting Monday at 7:11pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 13-19, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers were off on Sunday but get back into action on Monday against the GCL Braves at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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