Hudson Puts Away Tigs with Walkoff (8/10 Recaps)

Nate Robertson can't buy a win. Then again, when handed a two run lead, Robertson promptly gave back those two runs, so he can't pass away all the blame. But all that still left the game tied at three apiece. Orlando Hudson, who had the big home run two nights ago, ended the game with a walk-off blast off Craig Dingman.

Detroit Tigers - 53-60, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers knew losing so much from their bullpen would be a problem, but they probably didn't think it would become the issue it has. The Tiger bullpen lost another game on Wednesday night, as Craig Dingman allowed a walk-off home run to Orlando Hudson in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory for Toronto. It was another tough blow to Nate Robertson, who got a no decision for his seven innings of work, allowed three runs. But two of them came right after he was handed a 3-1 lead, as he gave a solo home run to Shea Hillenbrand and then an RBI single to Alex Rios. Magglio Ordonez helped stake him to that lead with a solo home run in the top half of the sixth, but that proved to be only enough to tie it. Both teams held serve from that point on until the Hudson homer. Dmitri Young drove in the other two runs for the Tigers, including a solo home run in the fourth inning. The two teams wrap up their series on Thursday afternoon at 12:37 with Jeremy Bonderman going up against Scott Downs.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 71-46, 1st in West division
The Hens had the day off but welcome the Clippers to Fifth Third Field for a four-game series on Thursday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 59-58, 3rd in Southern division
These SeaWolves couldn't seem to catch a break as they fell 11-1 to Akron. Erie's lone run came courtesy of 3B Don Kelly's RBI single in the 9th. Erie totaled 13 hits for the night, lead by C Mike Rabelo going 3-4 and LF David Espinosa gong 2-3. Starter Jeremy Johnson(9-8) went 4 innings and gave up 7 runs. The other 4 runs were scored off reliever Lee Rodney in the 8th. Mark Johnson pitched between J. Johnson and Rodney and allowed no runs. The SeaWolves travel back to Erie to face the Bowie Baysox Thursday night at 7:05. Bowie stands 3rd in the Southern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 23-19, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers defeated the Threshers 3-2. It was a battle of long balls. All of the runs scored in the game came on solo home runs. Lakeland took the lead in the second after Derek Nicholson hit one over the right field wall and Kody Kirkland scored on an inside the park home run. Lakeland got another run in the fifth when Danilo Sanchez led of the inning with a homer. Jordan Tata got his twelfth win of the season, pitching seven shutout innings and striking out nine. Tata allowed only two hits and issued four walks. It was Brian Hensen who ran into some difficulty when he took over in the eighth. Hensen gave up two solo homers to Clearwaters' Seller and Hansen, but still managed to get his sixth hold of the year. Chris Homer closed things out in the ninth and got save number twenty-one. Lakeland and Clearwater finish up their series tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 27-19, 1st in East division
After an off day Wednesday, the Whitecaps meet the visiting Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Thursday for the first of a four-game series. Game time at Fifth Third Ballpark is 7:00 p.m. with fireworks immediately following the game.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 29-18, 1st in Stedler division
Now, that's more like it. Well, not really, as you'd much rather see Oneonta run away with a 10-0 victory. But in any case, Oneonta got back to the way it's been winning in the past, beating Staten Island 10-9. It wasn't easy though, as starter Guillermo Moscoso wasn't even able to make it out of the first inning, allowing four runs in 2/3 of an inning before being pulled. The bullpen was still far from perfect from then on, but it was good enough to keep a lead that the O-Tigers offense provided. Despite a late scare in the 9th, Oneonta held on for the win. Chris Torres, Michael Holliman and Pedro Cotto each drove in a pair of runs, with Matt Joyce going 3-for-4 with three runs. Oneonta hosts Staten Island again on Thursday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 17-23, 4th in North division
Luis Gil had a solid outing, but received absolutely no run support as the GCL Tigers fell to the GCL Yankees 3-0. Gil allowed three runs but just one earned in six innings. Rhiner Cruz pitched three shutout innings of relief, but it still wasn't enough because the damage had already been done and the offense just wasn't there for them. The GCL Tigers' offense managed just four hits, with only one extra base hit coming from Manuel Brea (a leadoff triple to start off the 8th – he was out at the plate though on a fielder's choice). They face the GCL Yankees on Thursday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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