Detroit Tigers - 50-55, 4th in AL Central
Another game, another loss. It's now five straight losses for the Tigers as they lost to Seattle 4-1. It was a game of almost's for the Tiger hitters, as they had drive after drive that eventually died and ended up in the glove of a Seattle outfielder at the warning track. Meanwhile, Jason Johnson was solid, up until the 8th inning when Raul Ibanez drove in a pair to retake the lead. Johnson ended up allowing four runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings – it was his 9th loss of the year. The offense simply couldn't get anything going as they possessed nothing more than warning track power. Ivan Rodriguez was the only one that was able to stretch it, putting one in the right field seats in the seventh inning to tie the game at one. It would have been his second of the game had Ibanez not robbed him of a home run in left field. Placido Polanco added a pair of hits. The Tigers will try to get back in the win column and break this ugly losing streak on Wednesday night against Seattle, with Mike Maroth facing Jamie Moyer at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 67-42, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens jumped on the Richmond Braves early on Tuesday night, and then added insult to injury in the late innings to put the finishing touches on a 9-2 beating of the Braves. Toledo won despite only out-hitting the Braves 11-9 and committing two errors, compared to Richmond's one. Kenny Baugh got his ninth victory of the year after pitching six innings and giving up two runs. Richmond used seven different pitchers, none of whom lasted over two and one-thirds innings. Curtis Granderson went 3-5 at the plate with three RBI, while Alexis Gomez was perfect going 3-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Marcus Thames also hit his 15th homerun of the year. Toledo and Richmond get back to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 56-53, 3rd in Southern division
It was 0-0 after five, and 1-1 after six as Altoona and Erie met on Tuesday night in Erie. Unfortunately for Erie, Altoona outscored the SeaWolves over the final three innings to take a 5-2 win. Good games at the plate came from both RF David Espinosa (2 for 5, with a double) and LF Michael Woods (2 for 3). Erie starter Justin Verlander pitched three hitless and scoreless innings. John Birtwell replaced Verlander in the fourth and worked three solid innings, giving up three hits and one run. Adam Peterson (3-2) didn't fare so well, getting tagged for four runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief, and winding up as the losing pitcher. The teams play the third game of their four game series at 7:05 P.M. on Wednesday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 21-14, 1st in West division
The Cardinals came into Lakeland and walloped the L-Tigers 10-4. Lakeland managed five hits to the Cardinals' twelve. Starter Jermy Rodriguez went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk. Palm Beach scored three against Rodriguez in the first but he settled in and held the Cardinals scoreless for the next three. The L-Tigers scored two in the third to get within one, but Palm Beach added two in the fifth to stretch the lead. Rodriguez was finished after five and was replaced by Danny Zell. Lakeland's bullpen didn't fair any better than Rodriguez. Zell gave up two runs in his one and third innings. Eulogio DeLa Cruz came on with one out and two runners aboard in the seventh. De La Cruz hit a batter to load the bases and then gave up a grand slam that cleared them. He earned two of the four runs and recorded only two outs in the game. Brian Hensen came on and pitched the final two innings. Kody Kirkland was two for four with two doubles, one run and one RBI. Lakeland and Palm Beach play the second game of their four-game series tomorrow in Lakeland.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 23-16, 1st in East division
Score! The Whitecaps lineup was on fire Tuesday, churning out 15 hits and 10 runs in a 10-9 win over the Beloit Snappers. The Snappers, close on their heels, got 12 hits of their own off the West Michigan pitchers. Kevin Ardoin (4-1, 3.46) was the winning pitcher but the drama came from closer Anthony Tomey (8) who came on in the bottom of the 8th to shut down a rally attempt from the Snappers and then sent Beloit back to the dugout 1-2-3 in the 9th to end the game. The 'Caps set the tone for the game in the 1st inning with two hits and a two-run homer from left fielder Jeffrey Frazier (9). In the 3rd, third baseman Wilkin Ramirez sent a two-run homer to left field for his 12th of the season. While the entire 'Caps lineup had a strong night, Ramirez led the charge with three hits, two runs, and three RBIs. Fans will want to watch center fielder Clete Thomas (.329) who has established a definite habit of starting off 'Caps games with a hit. The teams meet again Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Beloit.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 23-16, 1st in Stedler division
Don't look now but Oneonta's losing streak (likely brought along by the organization promoting practically every high caliber player they had) has left them just a half game ahead of Lowell in the Stedler division. That was brought on with their 4-2 loss to Hudson Valley. Bruce Badenhop turned in a good start, allowing two runs (one earned) in seven innings. But Loren Fraser couldn't hold the lead and took the loss in relief, allowing two more runs in an inning of work. Oneonta's offense, which has been carrying the team all year long, was able to manage just two runs and six hits, without a single player having a multi-hit game. Michael Holliman did have a solo home run, while Mark Haske drove in the team's other run. They finish up the series with Hudson Valley on Wednesday at 7:11pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 13-21, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers kept their losing streak going with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the GCL Braves. Erik Averill got the start and the loss for the Tigers, giving up just a run in four innings. Jesse Caraballo gave up the other two runs in four innings of relief, but because the offense could never manage a run, Averill was stuck with the loss. The team managed just two hits, one from Audy Ciricao, and the other from Daniel Sandoval. They travel to Tampa to take on the GCL Yankees at noon on Wednesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor