10th Inning Explosion Stops Tigers (8/16 Recaps)

Apparently, the offenses didn't realize they were expected to try at the plate until the game reached extra innings. But when the offenses turned it on, turn it on they did, as both teams more than doubled their run output in the lone extra inning. Unfortunately for Detroit, it was Boston that had the even better numbers.

Detroit Tigers - 56-62, 4th in AL Central
Nate Robertson just can't find a way to get a win. Despite another excellent outing on Tuesday night, Robertson walked away with a no decision, even though this time around he left the game with a slim one run lead. For the game, Robertson allowed just two hits over eight innings, allowing two runs on only 90 pitches before he was removed in favor of Fernando Rodney. But Rodney lost that one run lead, giving up a solo blast to Boston slugger David Ortiz. With the game tied at three, the two teams headed into the tenth, and that's where it got interesting. Boston's offense suddenly awoke and blasted everything that came near the plate, putting up an astounding seven runs in the tenth inning alone. The game looked to be out of reach, but the Tigers didn't give up that easily, and a Craig Monroe grand slam brought the team back within striking distance. Unfortunately, it was all for naught, as Brandon Inge was retired right after to end the game. Over the first nine innings, the teams combined for ten hits and six runs. In the final inning, they combined for nine hits and eleven runs! Monroe went 2-for-5 with a run and four RBI, while Placido Polanco had two hits and two RBI, and Chris Shelton went 3-for-4, including a pair of runs. David Ortiz and Jason Varitek had four RBI apiece for the Sox. David Wells takes on Jeremy Bonderman on Wednesday in a rare televised afternoon game at 1:05pm to wrap up the series.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 75-48, 1st in West division
23 combined runs provided quite the entertaining game on Tuesday, but it was Charlotte that had the majority of those runs as they beat the ‘Hens 14-9. Jason Grilli was hit hard in the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits in 2 1/3 innings. Mark Johnson and Steve Green weren't much better, as they combined to give up another seven runs over the next 5 2/3 innings. The offense scored plenty, but it wasn't enough to keep up with the 11 runs the Knights put up in the first four innings. Alexis Gomez had a huge night, going 3-for-5 with two runs, four RBI, including his 5th home run of the year. Dewayne Wise also went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, via a two run home run, his 6th. Jason Smith also had a solo home run. The Mud Hens now host Norfolk for a two game series, starting on Wednesday night at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 60-63, 5th in Southern division
Erie was so close to the taste of victory, until New Britain defeated them 8-7 in the 10th inning. Erie 3B Jack Hannahan singled in the first run in the 2nd. CF Victor Mendez singled in another run in the 4th. DH Mike Woods followed Mendez by tripling in two more. SS Scott Tousa kept the 4th inning alive with an RBI single followed by Juan Francia's 2-run homer. Jeremy Johnson started the game and pitched 5 innings, allowing 6 runs. Mike Bumatay relieved for 2 innings and Lee Rodney came on for 1 - both refusing New Britain any runs. It wasn't until losing pitcher Edwin Almonte (1-5) closed the game and gave up 2 runs that sealed the win for New Britain. The teams go for the next round Wednesday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 27-20, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers needed eleven innings and seven pitchers to beat the Blue Jays 11-9. Eric Rodland hit a three-run double in the top of the eleventh to break up a tie game. Dunedin scored one in the bottom of the eleventh, but Lakeland held on for the victory. Chris Homer, who came on in the tenth, got the win and improved to 6-4 on the year. Jordan Tata started the game for Lakeland and pitched five and third, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk. Tata was followed by Rogers and Zell who were both awarded holds. Eulogio DeLa Cruz was charged with a blown save after he gave up two runs in the ninth to tie the game at eleven. Homer took over in the tenth and became eligible for the win after Lakeland took the lead in the next frame. Hensen and Felix Sanchez both worked the bottom of the eleventh. Hensen recorded a hold and Sanchez got his first save of the season. Both teams got fourteen hits for the game. Danilo Sanchez was three for five, which included his eighteenth homer. Sanchez scored two and had two RBI. Juan Gonzalez went three for five with two RBI and a run scored. Brent Clevlen was two for five with two runs and a RBI. The L-Tigers and Blue Jays come back to Lakeland tomorrow to play the second game of this series.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 30-22, 2nd in East division
West Michigan got back on the winning track with a 10-5 win over Kane County on Tuesday. Andrew Kown got the win despite not dominating, as he allowed four runs in the necessary five innings to record his seventh win of the year. Kane County actually carried the lead early on, but a five run fifth inning changed all that, and the ‘Caps never looked back. Six Whitecap players had multi-hit games, including Clete Thomas, who drove in four runs, and Luis Sabino, who scored two and drove in two more. Josh Lee and Chris Robinson also scored a pair of runs each. The ‘Caps play at Kane County again on Wednesday night at 6:30pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 32-21, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta lost a nail-biter to Lowell on Tuesday night as they cling to a 1.5 game lead in the Stedler division over Lowell. Matt O'Brien gave up all three Lowell runs in 6 1/3 innings, before giving way to Matt Norfleet, who finished the game out. Norfleet was impressive (one hit, one walk, three strikeouts), but the offense couldn't get make up the two run differential, only managing one eighth inning run via a Matt Joyce single. Joyce had a pair of hits in the loss, while Joel Roa chipped in with two more hits and drove in the other run. They finish up their series with Lowell on Wednesday night at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 19-27, 4th in North division
Make that two in a row for the GCL Tigers as they beat the GCL Braves 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon. Luis Gil got the win, giving up four runs in 7 1/3 innings for his second win. He also walked one and struck out five. Orlando Perdomo then came on and recorded the final five outs to get the win, pitching no-hit baseball as he got his fourth save. Santo de Leon went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the win, and Daniel Sandoval drove in a pair of runs for the Tigers in the win. The GCL Tigers play at the GCL Yankees tomorrow at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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