Tigers Can't Make It 2 In a Row (8/9 Recaps)

Four extremely strong innings from Sean Douglass led to hope that the Tigers could turn their extra inning win into some form of winning streak. But the fifth and sixth innings went the opposite direction, and the offense couldn't make up the difference as the Blue Jays got the victory.

Detroit Tigers - 53-59, 4th in AL Central
Sean Douglass, through four innings: no runs, one hit allowed. Sean Douglass just before being taken out; 5 2/3 innings, seven hits, six runs. Those six runs resulted in a 6-1 lead for Toronto. The Tigers got three of them back in the seventh inning, helped by a pinch-hit sacrifice fly all the way to the wall by Magglio Ordonez. Ordonez, who originally had the day off, was brought in for Nook Logan by Bruce Fields after Alan Trammell was ejected earlier for arguing with home plate umpire Tim Timmons (the same umpire that Trammell argued with on Monday night when Timmons was at first). Placido Polanco finished the game with three hits and two RBI, while Rondell White, Craig Monroe and Brandon Inge each chipped in with a pair of hits. Nate Robertson will take on Gustavo Chacin on Wednesday night in game three of the four game set.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 71-46, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens won their 71st game of the year on Tuesday with an 8-2 win over the Columbus Clippers, their second in as many days. Joel Zumaya won his first game as a Hen after going six innings and only allowing one run. Toledo scored five runs in the first three innings, giving Zumaya enough cushion to strike out seven hitters and only allow three hits. Curtis Granderson and Alexis Gomez both had two hits, with one of Granderson's being a triple, his 13th of the year, which set a modern day Mud Hen record. Brandon Harper also smacked his sixth home run of the season. The Hens now get a day off before welcoming the Clippers to Fifth Third Field for a four-game series on Thursday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 59-57, 3rd in Southern division
It was a painful night for the SeaWolves as they lost to Akron 13-9. Erie's night looked promising after 2B Juan Francia shot out a home run at the top of the 1st. DH Juan Tejeda brought in Erie's second run in the 6th with a double. Erie started on a roll with the 7th inning. C Max St. Pierre and Tejeda both singled in runs to bring in two more in the 7th. In the 8th, Francia struck again with an RBI triple. SS Scott Tousa, Tejeda and RF Bryon Gettis singled in runs later in the inning to narrow Akron's lead to 13-8. Tousa's sacrifice fly brought in Erie's final run in the 9th. Although they lost, Francia and Tejeda had a fantastic night at bats - both going 4-5. Francia though one-up'd Tejeda, as Francia hit for the cycle, capped off by a double in the ninth. Starter Rob Henkel (6-4) took the loss after pitching 2 innings and giving up 8 runs. Relievers Matt Beech (allowed 3 runs), Adam Peterson (allowed no runs) and John Birtwell (allowed 2 runs) came on for 2 innings each but couldn't hold down Akron. The team's final game starts Wednesday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 22-19, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Threshers 7-6 after scoring four runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game at six. Clearwater scored the winning run against Ian Ostlund, who came in to the game in the ninth to try and get the L-Tigers to extra innings. Ostlund (4-6) gave up a leadoff double and the Threshers advanced the runner with a sac bunt. Ostlund intentionally walked the next two batters, which loaded the bases. He got a strikeout for out number two, but gave up the winning run on a line drive to center. The L-Tigers certainly didn't lose because of poor run production. Lakeland got home runs from four different players: Kelly Hunt in the second, Garth McKinney in the sixth. Brent Clevlen and Derek Nicholson in the eighth. All of them were solo home runs except Clevlen's three-run shot. Jermy Rodriguez started for Lakeland and was behind early after the Threshers scored one against him in the first, then added four more in the third. Rodriguez went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. Rodriguez was only charged with two earned runs because of a third inning that included a fielding error and a passed ball. Lakeland is 1-9 in their last ten games and the L-Tigers have slipped out of first place in the division. Lakeland will try to right the ship in Clearwater tomorrow, 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 27-19, 1st in East division
Yikes! West Michigan was beat soundly by the visiting Beloit Snappers Tuesday, falling 7-1 to split this series 2-2. The 'Caps managed only three hits and their lone run came in the bottom of the 8th when center fielder Clete Thomas scored on a Jeff Frazier double to left field. Fielding errors by the West Michigan defense contributed to Beloit's scoring success in the 5th and the 7th. On the mound for the Whitecaps, starter Andrew Kown (L, 6-9, 4.37) faced 24 batters, gave up six hits, five runs (3 earned), walked two and struck out two. A trio of relievers finished out the game (Lavon Lewis, Anthony Tomey, and Kevin Ardoin) with Tomey allowing two additional hits and the two 7th inning Beloit runs. West Michigan is off Wednesday. The 'Caps will resume play on Thursday when they host the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 28-18, 1st in Stedler division
A pitcher's duel for hard hitting Oneonta? As improbable as it seems, that's what happened on Tuesday, as Oneonta shut out Jamestown to win 1-0. Jose Fragoso got the win, pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings. Collin Mahoney was even effective, not allowing a hit in 1 2/3 innings. Loren Fraser closed it out with a perfect ninth inning for his third save. Oneonta managed just four hits, with their lone run coming in the bottom of the first inning, when Matt Joyce scored after second baseman James Guerrero threw the ball away on a Michael Holliman grounder. Joyce actually reached on a fielding error earlier in the inning by Guerrero as well. After sweeping Jamestown, they play host to Staten Island on Wednesday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 17-23, 4th in North division
Is a trend developing? It's unlikely, but the GCL Tigers were victors in a game similar to Oneonta's, winning 1-0 over the GCL Braves. Ramon Garcia as the starter got the win, scattering five hits over six innings. The bullpen held it down from there, with Orlando Perdomo closing it out by striking out the side in the ninth inning for his third save. There was no RBI for the GCL Tigers either, as Casper Wells scored the lone run, first reaching after striking out on a wild pitch, then scoring with the help of a fielder's choice and a throwing error. The GCL Tigers host the GCL Yankees on Wednesday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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