Detroit Tigers - 52-55, 4th in AL Central
Sean Douglass was thought to be coming back to Earth, his first few starts were just dumb luck obviously. Certainly, a pitcher that couldn't carry an ERA under seven in his prior major league experience could suddenly turn into a stud. But after a rough outing in Oakland, Douglass returned to previous form as he got the win in the Tigers 3-1 victory. Douglass allowed a run on just three hits over eight innings, before handing the game over to newly-anointed closer Fernando Rodney. Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his 2nd save. Douglass' lone blemish was a solo home run from Raul Ibanez in the seventh inning. The Tigers didn't have a ton going offensively either, but more than the Mariners, and enough to get the win. The team had a big threat going in the first with a run across the plate, the bases loaded, and nobody out, but Dmitri Young grounded into a double play, keeping any runs from scoring and running the Tigers out of the inning. Young would try and make up for it later with an RBI single to provide an insurance run in the eighth inning. Magglio Ordonez had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Tigers, and Placido Polanco scored two of the team's three runs. Nate Robertson faces C.C. Sabathia on Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 68-43, 1st in West division
For the second night in a row, the Hens wasted no time in scoring their first run, however, that run in the first inning was the only one that the Richmond pitching staff would give up in the entire game as the Braves beat Toledo for the first time this season 2-1. Carlos Pena's single off of Mike Hampton in the first inning scored Kevin Hooper all the way from first base. The Braves tied the score in the fifth and took the lead for good in the seventh against John Ennis who took the loss and dropped to 3-5 on the year. The Hens only put together four hits on the night, one being Pena's single as well as singles by Hooper, Alexis Gomez and Brandon Harper. Joel Zumaya, the Hens starter had an excellent outing going six innings and only allowing four hits and one run while striking out six. Zumaya did however walk four Richmond batters. The Hens send Jason Grilli to the mound on Friday to try and win the series from Richmond at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 57-54, 3rd in Southern division
Altoona scored 5 runs in the first two innings and grabbed a lead that Erie could not overtake in a 5-4 win over the SeaWolves on Thursday night. Erie closed the gap to 5-4 in the third, but couldn't push across that tying run as Altoona won for the third time in the four game series. Erie's strongest hitting came from SS Tony Giarratano (2 for 3, with 1 RBI) and DH Byron Gettis (2 for 4, with 2 RBI's). Erie starting and losing pitcher Rob Henkel (6-3) had a rocky start and was tagged for 5 runs (all earned) in 2 1/3 innings of work. Relievers Lee Rodney and Mike Bumatay were solid, combining for 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Erie is now 57-54, and is in third place in the Southern Division of the Eastern League. The SeaWolves trail Division leader Akron by 6 1/2 games. Erie moves over to Bowie on Friday night for a 6:05 P.M. game against the BaySox.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 22-14, 1st in West division
Lakeland's game on Thursday was rained out. No word yet on a makeup. They'll face Palm Peach again on Friday at 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 24-17, 1st in East division
After two wins against Beloit, the 'Caps lost to the Snappers 5-2. Andrew Kown (L, 6-8, 4.33) threw for six innings and faced 24 batters. Kown gave up three hits and four of the Beloit runs including a two-run homer in the bottom of the 5th. Reliever Freddy Dolsi, who came on in the 7th, allowed the Snappers two more hits and one additional run. The West Michigan lineup managed only four hits, a sharp contrast to the 15 hits they produced just two games ago. Left fielder Jeff Frazier's 6th inning double scored second baseman Nick McIntyre for the first of the two Whitecaps runs. Later that same inning, Frazier scored on a fielding error. West Michigan faces the Snappers again Friday before traveling home to host Beloit in a four-game series at Fifth Third Ballpark. Game time Friday in Beloit is 8:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 24-17, 1st in Stedler division
Ouch! Auburn jumped all over Oneonta as the O-Tigers dropped the series opener 14-3. Jose Fragoso took the loss as the starter, but of the seven runs he allowed, just one was earned as he certainly wasn't helped by Oneonta's three errors. Collin Mahoney and Thomas Lyons didn't fare any better though, giving up another seven runs over the final four innings. William Rhymes went 3-for-3 with a run, while Justin Justice drove in a pair of runs. Ryan Roberson blasted a solo home run to complete the scoring for Oneonta. The two teams match up again at 7:05pm at Auburn.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 14-22, 4th in North division
Luis Gil may be a bit old for the Gulf Coast League, but that won't stop him from helping his team get a victory as the GCL Tigers topped the GCL Yankees 3-2. Gil allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, but took a no decision as the Tigers didn't score the winning run until the 10th inning. Wilkin Rodriguez, Daniel Sandoval and Agustin Guzman each had a pair of hits for the GCL Tigers, with Brian Ott and Audy Ciriaco chipping in with an RBI each. They face the GCL Phillies at noon on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor