Bullpen Blows Lead as Tribe Sweeps (8/7 Recaps)

A stellar start from Jason Johnson and a big five run second inning from the offense all went to waste on Sunday afternoon when the bullpen couldn't hold the two run lead Johnson handed off to them.

Detroit Tigers - 52-58, 4th in AL Central
Jason Johnson has been pitching well all year long, important for him heading into a contract year. Johnson will certainly cash in this fall if he can keep up what he did on Sunday. If only the bullpen could have held on for him. Johnson went seven innings, allowing three runs (though just one earned), before handing over a 5-3 lead to the bullpen. But Craig Dingman started the eighth off with a walk, then Vic Darensbourg walked another, leaving the go-ahead run at the plate with just one out. Manager Alan Trammell turned to new closer Fernando Rodney, but Rodney gave up a three run bomb to Ron Belliard, giving the Tribe a 6-5 lead. One would hope the offense would come up big for the team and avoid a sweep, but six hitters came up, and six went down. The offense did manage nine hits, but only got one threat going (the five run second inning), and most of those runs were the result of a bizarre play on which Nook Logan scored on his own bloop single (Ivan Rodriguez and John McDonald came in before him). Brandon Inge also added a solo home run for the Tigers. Detroit now travels to Toronto to take on yet another wild card contender. Mike Maroth faces Dave Bush at 7:07pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 69-46, 1st in West division
Kenny Baugh and the Mud Hens lost on Sunday afternoon, dropping their game with Indianapolis by a score of 6-1. Baugh took the loss, giving up all six runs on 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Mark Woodyard was perfect over the final inning and a third, but the damage was already done. The offense meanwhile couldn't get much going against the Indians, as Michael Connolly gave up just one run on six hits. The ‘Hens lone run came off a Dewayne Wise home run. After being swept in Indianapolis, Toledo will hope to have better luck in Columbus, where they'll play two games in Columbus, before returning home for four more games with the Clippers. Game time on Monday is set for 7:05pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 58-56, 3rd in Southern division
The lucky number for Erie on Sunday afternoon was 13 -- as in 13 hits and 13 runs -- as the SeaWolves whipped the Bowie BaySox 13-8. Erie bats came alive in the 85 degree weather, highlighted by a 7 run third inning and a 3 run fourth inning. SS Tony Giarratano was 3 for 5, including a double, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. C Mike Rabelo went 3 for 4, with a home run, 3 RBI's and 3 runs scored. DH Mike Woods contributed 3 RBI's while going 2 for 5, including a double. Woods also scored. CF Victor Mendez and 3B Chris Maples each drove in 2 runs. Erie starter Humberto Sanchez left the game with an injury after pitching to just one batter. Lee Rodney (5-1) came on in relief and gained the win with 2 2/3 innings of work, giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Relievers Adam Peterson, John Birtwell, Mike Bumatay and Edwin Almonte also saw action for Erie. The SeaWolves travel to Akron for a Monday night game, scheduled to start at 7:05 P.M.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 22-17, 1st in West division
Lakeland's game with Sarasota was rained out. They'll play a doubleheader with Sarasota on Monday, starting at 5pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 26-18, 1st in East division
West Michigan blanked the Snappers Sunday, winning 5-0. Jair Jurrjens (9-5, 2.98) recorded his 9th win of the season, striking out four and giving up just three hits in six innings of work. The 'Caps lineup rallied for four runs in the bottom of the 3rd. By inning's end, the West Michigan sluggers racked up five hits: singles from catcher Christopher Robinson, second baseman Brooks Colvin, and third baseman Wilkin Ramirez and doubles from DH Nick McIntyre and left fielder Jeffrey Frazier. Shortstop Brent Dlugach made the most of his center field single in the 6th, advancing on a fielding error and two consecutive outs to add one more run to the scoreboard. The Snappers managed seven hits but were held in check by the West Michigan defense. The teams meet again Monday at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 26-18, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers squeaked out a close one as they beat Jamestown 4-3. Bruce Badenhop got the win, allowing three runs in six innings. Badenhop got the win, but his relievers certainly deserve a mention, as they kept the Jammers at bay for the final three innings. Matt Norfleet and Loren Fraser didn't allow a hit over the final three innings to preserve the victory. Michael Holliman went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Matt Joyce had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI. Schuyler Williamson drove in the game winner in the sixth with an RBI single. Oneonta continues their series with Jamestown on Monday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 15-23, 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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