Detroit Tigers - 52-56, 4th in AL Central
Take out the top of the sixth inning, and the Tigers had a great game. Unfortunately, all nine innings count, including that sixth inning where the Indians scored all nine of their runs. That was good enough for a 9-6 victory. Everything started off fine, with Nate Robertson cruising along through the first five innings. But then the sixth inning started with a solo home run. Then a triple to left field. Then another home run. And everything piled on from there, as they put up nine runs on Nate Robertson and reliever Roman Colon. Chris Spurling came in and got the Tigers out of the inning, and pitched another two innings, but the damage had already been done. The Tigers wouldn't go without a fight, as they put up five runs in the seventh inning to bring the team to within three runs. It wouldn't be enough though, as the Indians bullpen held on for the win. Robertson took the loss, allowing six runs in five-plus innings. No Tiger managed more than one hit, but a couple hitters had big ones. Rondell White had a solo home run in the seventh, and Brandon Inge blasted a three run home run in the same inning. The Tigers will try and get the game back on Saturday evening with Jeremy Bonderman facing Jake Westbrook at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 69-43, 1st in West division
The ‘Hens continued to widen their lead in the division with a 6-2 victory over Richmond on Friday night. Jason Grilli and Mark Woodyard took care of things from the mound, with Grilli getting the win for his start, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Mark Woodyard took care of things from there, giving up just one hit over the final 2 1/3 innings to get his first save of the year. Toledo got things started off right with a Marcus Thames RBI single and a Carlos Pena home run in the first inning. Later on, Curtis Granderson would blast a solo home run and Sendy Martinez and Jason Smith would each bring in a run to get the team to the final score. Toledo now heads to Indianapolis, where they'll play a doubleheader on Saturday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 57-55, 3rd in Southern division
It was an off-night for the SeaWolves, who committed 4 errors and managed only 4 hits in a 7-1 road loss to Bowie on Friday night. Erie starter Jeremy Johnson must have wondered about the pre-game meal as he watched fielding lapses (including one by him) lead to 5 unearned runs in his 4 innings on the mound. Johnson (9-7) actually pitched well in a losing effort, giving up only 1 earned run in 4 innings of work. Erie hitters were quiet, with C Mike Rabelo and his 2 for 4 evening supplying the most offense. The SeaWolves look to fire up their bats and tighten their defense for Saturday's 7:05 P.M. game with Bowie.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 22-15, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers and Cardinals were set to play a doubleheader but only got through one game because of the weather. Palm Beach beat Lakeland 2-1 in a seven-inning game. Josh Kauten started for the L-Tigers and got the loss. Kauten was making his first appearance for Lakeland since coming up from Michigan at the beginning of the month. Kauten was 4-3 with the Whitecaps, with a 3.32 ERA. He pitched four and two-thirds, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks. Kauten earned only one of the two Cardinal runs, which both came in the fourth. Kauten gave up a walk, then a RBI triple. It was a passed ball by catcher Danilo Sanchez that allowed the second run to score. Kauten got into some trouble in the fifth and Brian Rogers was called in with two runners aboard. Rogers got out of the fifth and pitched the last two and third. Rogers gave up two hits and struck out three. The L-Tigers scored their only run in the sixth when Garth McKinney scored on a sac hit from Brent Clevlen. Lakeland is scheduled to begin a home series with Sarasota tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 25-17, 1st in East division
Both West Michigan and Beloit got their scoring done early Friday. The 'Caps led Beloit 3-2 after the 3rd inning and held that lead through the end of the game. In the 3rd, three walks and a throwing error from Beloit gave the 'Caps their first two runs followed by a single from DH Wilkin Ramirez that send the third run home. First baseman Josh Lee had the only other hit for West Michigan. Lee singled on a ground ball to left field in the top of the 9th. A quartet of 'Caps pitchers took on the Snappers: Jeff Hahn (W, 1-0, 1.50), Kevin Ardoin, Anthony Tomey, and Kevin Whelan (S, 3). Whelan had them swinging in the 9th -- he sent the Beloit batters back to their dugout 1-2-3 to end the contest. West Michigan and Beloit now travel to Fifth Third Ballpark to begin another four-game series. Game time Saturday is 7:00 p.m. with fireworks immediately following the game.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 24-18, 1st in Stedler division
When Oneonta went into extra innings, then promptly scored three runs in the top half of the tenth inning via a Cory Middleton three run home run, they probably felt pretty good about their chances. Think again, as Auburn put up four runs in the bottom of the tenth, ending it with a two run walk off home run by Nick Thomas to give Auburn the 7-6 victory. Anthony Claggett took the loss, blowing the save and never recording an out in the final inning. Guillermo Moscoso was the starter, giving up three runs in six innings, with nine strikeouts. At the plate, William Rhymes went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, Michael Holliman blasted a triple and Matt Joyce had a hit and a run. The two teams square off again on Saturday at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 15-22, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers offense came to play, as they scored ten runs on 18 hits to roll to a 10-6 victory. Brendan Wise got the win, allowing six runs (just three earned) in seven innings. Wise also struck six while walking none. Brian Ott, Angel Reyes, Daniel Sandoval, Agustin Guzman, Pedruin Bautista and Vince Berry all had big games. Ott had three hits and two runs, while Reyes and Bautista had two hits and two RBI each. Guzman had two runs and two doubles with an RBI, and Berry went an impressive 5-for-5 with a run and two RBI. Most of that offense came later in the game, as the game was still knotted up at six heading into the eighth inning, that was before a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth. The two teams meet again, this time in Lakeland, at noon on Saturday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor