Pitchers' Duel Ends in Defeat (8/11 Recaps)

Going up against perennial Cy Young contender Roy Halladay, the Tigers they knew they had a tough task ahead of them. What's that? They were facing Scott Downs, not Roy Halladay, who had a total of six wins coming into the game? Oh, well in that case, the Tiger bats were quieted once again by making yet another average pitcher look like a Cy Young candidate.

Detroit Tigers - 53-61, 4th in AL Central
Jeremy Bonderman started the game off with a walk, and then gave up a two run home run to Frank Catalanotto. After that, Bonderman settled down, allowing just three hits and no runs as he went the distance for the Tigers. If only the offense could have done more than what it did. Two runs on four hits isn't much, but the Tigers output (one run on two hits) was even worse. Because of that, Bonderman fell to 13-9 on the year, continuing to lack run support, no matter how well he pitches. Rondell White provided the team's lone run via a solo home run in the eighth inning. Surprisingly enough, Vance Wilson was the only other Tiger who managed a hit, as Scott Downs earned his first victory of the year, two hitting the Tigers over seven innings. With no rest for the weary (or under-performing), the Tigers now travel to Kansas City, where they'll match up with one of the worst teams in baseball. Jason Johnson will go up against Jose Lima at 8:10pm at Kauffman Stadium.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 72-46, 1st in West division
Much like the big league club, the Mud Hens had a pitchers' duel on Thursday, only the Mud Hens came up on the winning end of the stick with a 2-1 victory. Jason Grilli was excellent, allowing one unearned run on four hits over his seven innings of work – it was his 10th victory of the year. Matt Ginter gave up a two out single, but he retired the next batter to get out of the inning, and Jason Karnuth gave up a two out single as well in the ninth, but retired the final batter as well to record his 18th save. Alexis Gomez drove in both of the team's runs, via a double in the second inning that scored Carlos Pena and a single that also scored Pena, who double earlier in the inning. Sendy Martinez also went 2-for-3 for the ‘Hens. They host Columbus again at 7pm on Friday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 59-59, 4th in Southern division
Almost didn't count for the SeaWolves after losing 5-4 to Bowie. Erie 1B Juan Tejeda was responsible for 3 of those four runs, driving in 2 in the 1st and bringing in another run on a sacrafice fly in the 8th. C Mike Rabelo singled in the additional run in the 6th. Mike Bumatay took the loss tonight after relieving starter Virgil Vasquez - who gave up one run in 7 innings. Bumatay (2-4) gave up 4 runs in one inning and John Birtwell closed out the game in the 9th. The teams face off for round two Friday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 24-19, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers beat the Threshers 9-3. Brent Clevlen had a great night at the plate. He was directly involved in six of the L-Tigers' nine runs, scoring three and batting in three. Clevlen scored Lakeland's first two runs of the game in the fourth inning with his sixteenth home run of the year. Later in the fourth, Kody Kirkland hit a two-run double and scored on a single by Garth McKinney and the L-Tigers were up 5-1. Lakeland starter Josh Kauten pitched five innings and gave up three runs on three hits and six walks. Kauten, who came up from West Michigan at the beginning of August, got his first win with the L-Tigers and is 5-4 on the season. Clevlen came up to bat in the fifth and took up right where he left off. He doubled home Vincent Blue and then scored on a single by Eric Rodland. Clevlen hit another double in the ninth and scored his third run on a RBI single from Kelly Hunt. Clevlen finished three for four with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI. Vincent Blue went two for five with two runs. Kody Kirkland went one for three with two runs and two RBI. The L-Tigers totaled thirteen hits in the game. Lakeland begins a three-game home stand against Ft. Meyers tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 28-19, 1st in East division
The 'Caps lineup definitely ate their Wheaties Thursday morning. By game's end Thursday night, the West Michigan sluggers had racked up 17 hits and 10 runs to dominate the visiting Timber Rattlers 10-3. Left fielder Jeffrey Frazier and second baseman Brooks Colvin led off the 5th and 6th innings with solo homers. Frazier's shot to left field in the 5th was his 11th homer of the season. Colvin sent his 3rd round-trip of the year to center. Heading into the bottom of the 8th, the 'Caps led Wisconsin 4-3. Then the Wheaties kicked in big time. By inning's end, West Michigan had six more runs and a commanding lead. Winning pitcher was Jeff Hahn (2-0, 3.00) and P. J. Finigan (4, 1.48) recorded the save. The teams meet again Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 30-18, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers rolled to victory again on Thursday night with an 11-6 victory over Staten Island. Matt O'Brien was the starter and pitched well, but didn't get the win, as he gave up five runs (just two earned) over six innings. He left the game with the lead, but Tim Robertson lost the lead in relief as Staten Island tied it up. Then the Oneonta offense decided to put the game away, scoring five runs in the eighth to provide plenty of cushion. Justin Justice went 2-for-5 with three RBI, while Mark Haske drove in a pair without actually having a hit. Pedro Cotto also went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Chris Torres had two hits, a run, and an RBI. The two teams wrap up their series on Friday evening at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 17-23, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers were able to put a 10 spot up on the scoreboard on Thursday afternoon, but that still wasn't enough to get a ‘W' for the club as the pitching staff gave up one more than that in an 11-10 defeat. Brendan Wise got a no decision as the starter, giving up five runs (four earned) over six innings. Joey Watts took the loss, giving up four runs in relief (though just one earned). A three run threat from the GCL Tigers got them within a run, but Jason De La Cruz, who had a monster game (3-for-4, three RBI, two runs), got caught trying to get into scoring position as the tying runner and was tagged out in a rundown to end the game. Among other notables, Wilkin Rodriguez had two doubles and two RBI, with Angel Reyes going 3-for-5 with two runs, two doubles, and two RBI. The GCL Tigers host the GCL Phillies at noon on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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