Tigers Rally to Beat BoSox (8/15 Recaps)

What a victory it was. The Tigers haven't been much for close game and one run victories, but mark one up on the good side for both of those categories, as they came back from three runs down to beat the Red Sox in the bottom of the ninth, and doing it the hard way, off Hall-of-Famer Curt Schilling.

Detroit Tigers - 56-61, 4th in AL Central
Don't look now, but after a rough few weeks, the Tigers may have finally turned the corner and are looking to get things going in the right direction, this coming off a pair of wins over Kansas City and now a 7-6 win over the defending world champs. The game seemed out of reach as it entered the eighth inning with the Red Sox sporting a 6-3 lead, after they tagged starter Sean Douglass for five runs in four innings. Roman Colon was impressive in relief, pitching four innings while giving up just a run, but the Tigers were still left down by three entering the bottom half of the eighth inning. But a Vance Wilson single scored Brandon Inge to get the Tigers within two, and after Jamie Walker kept the BoSox off the board in the ninth, the offense came to play. Placido Polanco led off the ninth with a single, and then was brought home by a big RBI triple from Dmitri Young. A run down and Magglio Ordonez at the plate, a single to left scored the game tying run, bringing the Tigers ever-so-closer to a huge comeback win. After a Craig Monroe walk, it all came down to John McDonald, who took an 0-2 splitter down the line in left field for the game winning single, scoring Ordonez from second. It was the Tigers third straight win, all by just a one run margin. Ordonez and Omar Infante each drove in a pair in the win. The Tigers will go for four straight wins on Tuesday with Nate Robertson facing Jonathon Papelbon at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 75-47, 1st in West division
It would have been considered boring baseball by most, but for the Mud Hens Monday night was a sign that they can get the job done when they need to. After Joel Zumaya pitched six and two-thirds of two-hit baseball, while striking out nine, Toledo broke the 0-0 tie with one run in the bottom of the ninth to extend their lead in the IL West. Jason Smith scored on Don Kelly's single up the middle in the final frame to give the Hens, and reliever Doug Creek the victory. Creek improves to 2-1 with the win after pitching just one inning but registering two strikeouts. Toledo had plenty of hits, tallying eight on the night, but failed to come through in big opportunities until the bottom of the last. Kelly had three hits to lead the Hens and Alexis Gomez chipped in two hits of his own. The short, two-game series concludes on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 60-62, 4th in Southern division
Erie had a well-needed day off Monday but return 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
Lakeland had the day off on Monday, but return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Dunedin. Game time is 7:05pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 29-22, 1st in East division
The ‘Caps came to the field on Monday, but got run right over by Kane County as they lost 12-5. Lucas French took the loss as the starter, giving up five runs in six innings. P.J. Finigan fared even worse though, giving up five more runs in just 2/3 of an inning, putting the game out of reach for the Whitecaps. Every player in the lineup had at least one hit, but that wasn't enough to keep up with the 12 runs Kane County put up. Nick McIntyre blasted a solo home run, while Chris Robinson drove in a pair of runs. They play at Kane County again at 6:30pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 32-20, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta split their doubleheader with Lowell, winning the first game but dropping the second. In their 2-1 victory, Jay Sborz got the win in relief, while Jose Fragoso took a no decision as the starter. It was Sborz's first win of the year, as he gave up a hit a walk and no runs in two innings to go with three strikeouts. Matt Joyce had two hits and drove in both of the O-Tigers' runs, while Brandon Timm went 2-for-3 with a run scored. In the second game, Dan Konecny took the loss, allowing four runs over five innings of work. Cory Middleton had a solo home run, and Jorge Patino had three hits and a run to help move the offense, but it wasn't enough to get the team a sweep on the day. They play at Lowell again at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 18-27, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers rolled to victory on Monday with a 7-1 win over the GCL Braves. Ramon Garcia, one of the few bright spots for the GCL Tigers this year, got the win as he improved to 5-2 on the year; Garcia gave up a run on three hits over six innings. He only gave up a run, but the offense would give him plenty more support than that, as Brian Ott went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Jeff Larish drove in a pair of runs. Surprisingly enough, the team managed just five hits while scoring those seven runs, benefiting from a pair of errors, a couple walks and a couple sacrifice flies. They play at the GCL Braves on Tuesday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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