Good Bounce Gets Tigers a Win in 12 (8/8 Recaps)

The rollercoaster ride that was the Tigers – Blue Jays game on Monday night eventually culminated with, of all things, a lucky bounce for arguably the unluckiest Tiger this season; Vance Wilson, as the Tigers broke out of their losing skid with a win against Toronto.

Detroit Tigers - 53-58, 4th in AL Central
A four run first inning might have given some hope that the Tigers would be able to roll to a laugher and get an easy game to throw back in the win column. It was anything but easy though, as the Tigers threw everything they had minus the kitchen sink at the Blue Jays in their 9-8 victory in 12 innings. That early 4-0 lead didn't last long though, as Toronto quickly came back as they shrunk the lead to 4-2, then 7-4, then 7-6. All of it culminated with a two run home run by Orlando Hudson off Roman Colon in the eighth inning, giving Toronto an 8-7 lead heading into the ninth. One might have expected the Tigers to fold once again, but this time around, they were resilient, and back to back singles by Omar Infante and Dmitri Young put runners on the corners with one out, and Magglio Ordonez's flyout scored Infante to knot the game at 8. Each team went scoreless through the first three innings, but the Tigers struck big in the 12th when they loaded the bases with just one out. Unfortunately, Brandon Inge struck out on a questionable call, leaving it all up to Vance Wilson. Wilson has struggled mightily all year long, but in a spot where he needed a hit, Wilson got the big (literally) bounce he needed, as Aaron Hill couldn't handle the high chopper at third base, good for an infield hit and the lead. Craig Dingman came in and induced a double play to close the game and secure the win. Ordonez and Rondell White each drove in a pair of runs, while Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen each had two hits, a run and an RBI (Guillen's via a solo home run). Mike Maroth got a no decision, allowing six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Sean Douglass squares off against Dustin McGowan at 7:07pm on Tuesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 70-46, 1st in West division
After a rough go of it in Indianapolis, Toledo got back on track with a 7-4 victory over Columbus. Andrew Good got the win, giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings. A four run third inning from the Toledo offense helped give Good the cushion to relax on the mound and get the win. Marcus Thames got the offense going in the first inning with a solo home run, while Mike Hessman helped extend the lead in the third with a three run homer. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Dewayne Wise had a pair of RBI. Toledo has one more game at Columbus before returning to Toledo to host Columbus for four more games.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 59-56, 3rd in Southern division
The SeaWolves welcomed Akron with open arms as they defeated them 9-6. Erie 3B Scott Tousa led Erie's scoring in the 2nd with an RBI ground out, then DH Juan Tejeda singled in a run in the 3rd. C Max St. Pierre jump started the 4th with a home run. Tejeda chimed in by singling in 2 more runs. The 5th inning belonged to CF Victor Mendez and LF Mike Woods. Mendez singled in one and Woods contributed an RBI double. Mendez and Woods returned in the 7th to bring in two more runs. Mendez with another single and Woods brought in the final run on a sacrifice fly. Erie's leading hitters were St. Pierre going 4-5 and Tousa and Mendez going 2-3 each. Starting pitcher Preston Larrison (3-1) worked 5 innings and took the win. Edwin Almonte closed the game to collect his 32nd save of the season. Akron and Erie face off Tuesday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 22-18, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers and Reds played a marathon game that lasted 15 innings. The teams had scheduled to play a doubleheader but with the first game stretching so long, the second game was postponed. In the end, Sarasota prevailed 5-1, winning the game with a grand slam in the final frame. Nate Bumstead started for Lakeland. Bumstead pitched seven and a third, allowing just one run on eight hits and a walk. The game was tied at the end of every inning but the last one. Both teams scored a run in the fifth to keep it tied. Kody Kirkland plated Lakeland's only run with his fourteenth home run of the season. The L-Tigers brought in Eulogio De La Cruz for two and two-thirds. Danny Zell pitched two innings. Losing pitcher Chris Hensen came on in the thirteenth. Hensen gave up a single to start the fifteenth and the Reds advanced the runner with a sac bunt. Hensen gave up a single and a walk to load the bases and Sarasota's Shramek hit the walk off homer. The L-Tigers and Reds will play again tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 27-18, 1st in East division
The 'Caps squeaked past Beloit Monday, topping the Snappers 4-3 for a 2-1 series lead. West Michigan wasted no time getting on the board -- left fielder Jeff Frazier doubled to center to score third baseman Nick McIntyre in the 1st. Frazier, DH Wilkin Ramirez, and first baseman Josh Lee held a double derby in the 6th to add two more runs for the 'Caps. With the game tied, second baseman Brooks Colvin and McIntyre continued the double derby in the 7th to score the game- winning run. Ed Clelland (7-2, 3.63) took the win for his 1.2 innings of relief work, taking over the mound after starting pitcher Lucas French allowed eight hits, three runs, and three walks to give the Snappers a 3-1 lead. Kevin Whelan (4) got the save after retiring the Snappers 1-2-3 on strikes in the 9th. West Michigan closes out this series when they meet Beloit Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 27-18, 1st in Stedler division
Sendy Vasquez turned in another solid start to help give Oneonta a 4-2 win, beating Jamestown. Vasquez went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on just four hits, walking two and striking out eight. Jake Baxter and Anthony Claggett closed things out in relief, allowing just a single hit over the final 2 2/3 innings. Ryan Roberson had a huge night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI for the O-Tigers. William Rhymes also had a pair of hits and Michael Holliman had a hit and two runs. Oneonta hosts the Jammers again on Tuesday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 16-23, 4th in North division
It was another solid victory for the GCL Tigers as they slowly turn around their season, getting a win the GCL Braves 4-1. Jesse Caraballo got his first win, pitching five shutout innings, giving up just two hits. The GCL Tigers got the offense started early, with a Santo De Leon single driving in Wilkin Rodriguez. Rodriguez would later also blast a solo home run in the sixth inning. Vince Berry had a double and a run as well, and Daniel Sandoval had an RBI double in the third. They play at Orlando at noon on Tuesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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