Tigers Steal Two from Royals (8/14 Recaps)

After seeing the first two games of their weekend series with Kansas City get rained out, the Tigers finally got back into action on Sunday, playing a doubleheader. It appears as if the days off (or maybe the closed door team meeting) helped, as the Tigers took both games from Kansas City.

Detroit Tigers - 55-61, 4th in AL Central
Sunday was one of those days where the Tigers could claim a fresh start, and not only did they, but they backed it up, winning both games of their doubleheader with Kansas City. In the opener, the offense jumped out to an early lead with a four run first inning, but Kansas City chipped away at that lead, and tied it up in the fourth inning, an inning after David DeJesus had an inside-the-park home run and Rondell White dislocated his shoulder, on the same play. DeJesus hit a ball down the line and White attempted a diving catch, but came up short and his shoulder went out in the process. DeJesus would score easily with no one backing up White in left field. Jason Johnson would exit two innings later when he got himself into trouble again; Johnson would allow six runs in 6 1/3 innings. The game entered the ninth inning knotted up at seven, and with the Tigers down to their final out, Vance Wilson got on via a single, then the Tigers used Omar Infante as a pinch hitter, who blasted a double to the wide open right centerfield gap, scoring Wilson and giving the Tigers an 8-7 lead, a lead Fernando Rodney would secure to get the save. Wilson went 3-for-4 with three runs in the win, with Magglio Ordonez going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. In the nightcap, scoring was at a premium, as the pitcher's duel ended in 1-0 win for Detroit. Mike Maroth got the win for the Tigers, falling just an out shy of a complete game shutout. Maroth went 8 2/3 innings, allowing five hits. His opponent, Jose Lima, did make it the distance, but got the loss for allowing one run, a run scored by Dmitri Young on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Inge in the fifth. Manager Alan Trammell made a strange move with Maroth needing just one out, turning to his closer again as Rodney came in again to record the final out. The Tigers return home and on Monday begin a three game series with the defending world champion Boston Red Sox. Sean Douglass faces Bronson Arroyo at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 74-47, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens couldn't keep their winning streak alive on Sunday, and couldn't sweep the Columbus Clippers in the finale of their four-game series as Columbus won by a final of 7-3. The Hens and Clippers traded blows in the fourth and fifth innings, each scoring a run apiece in the two frames, but the sixth brought about a three-run onslaught by the Columbus hitters that chased Toledo-starter Andrew Good, and saddled him with the loss. Good is now 6-5 after giving up three earned runs in five and two-thirds innings of work. Columbus only out hit Toledo by a tally of 9-8, but the Clippers managed a baserunner in every inning, putting the pressure on the Hens defense to make plays. Ryan Raburn was the only Hen with more than one hit, going 2-4 with a homerun in the seventh inning. The Hens will try to extend their seven game lead over Indianapolis in the IL West on Monday when they welcome in the Knights of Charlotte for a two-game set.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 60-62, 4th in Southern division
It was an un-stoppable Sunday for Bowie pitcher Matt Bailie, who threw a no-hitter to defeat Erie 5-0. Erie starter Rob Henkel pitched 5 innings without allowing a run. Adam Peterson (3-3) relieved and took the loss, giving up one run in 1 inning on the mound. John Birtwell relieved for 1 2/3 innings and gave up the remainder of the runs. Erie takes a well-needed day off Monday and returns to the mound Tuesday at 7:05 to face the New Britain Rock Cats.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 26-20, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Miracle 3-1 in a shortened, seven-inning contest. Lakeland and Ft Myers were supposed to be playing a doubleheader to make up for a rainout yesterday, but the second game was called because of weather. Losing pitcher Nathan Bumstead (11-4) went the entire seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out eight. Lakeland could not generate any offense in support of their pitcher. The L-Tigers collected five hits and left nine runners on base. The game was tied 1-1 at the start of the seventh. Bumstead threw two wild pitches and catcher Russ Cleveland made a throwing error to allow the Miracle to score two and take the lead and the victory. Lakeland's only run came in the second when Garth McKinney hit a triple to score Kody Kirkland. The L-Tigers begin a three-game series with Dunedin at home tomorrow. Lakeland, Dunedin, and Ft Myers are all battling for the division lead. The three teams are at the top of the standings in the FSL Western Division and separated by a single game.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 29-21, 1st in East division
Wisconsin jumped all over West Michigan on Sunday to roll to a 9-4 victory. Josh Rainwater took the loss, as Wisconsin chased him from the game in the third inning without him recording an out in the frame – he made it two innings, giving up six runs, all earned. Kevin Ardoin and Lavon Lewis each pitched three innings of relief, but gave up another three runs; runs the ‘Caps offense wasn't able to make up. At the plate, Clete Thomas went 2-for-4 with two runs, while Wilkin Ramirez, Nick McIntyre and Luis Sabino chipped in two hits and an RBI. West Michigan is now headed to Kane County to kick off a four game series on Monday, with the opener starting at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 31-19, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta's game with Lowell was postponed due to rain as they fell victim to the various downpours that have been traveling over the United States. They'll play a doubleheader on Monday starting at 6pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 17-27, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers were off on Sunday, per the usual custom, had Sunday off. They get back into action on Monday when they host the GCL Braves at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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