Tigers Hold On Despite Rally (8/17 Recaps)

Despite the rough loss on Tuesday night, ask anyone, and they would take two out of three from the defending world champions. The Tigers got just that on Wednesday as despite not being able to put the game away early with a 5-0 lead, the Tigers still held on for a victory against the BoSox.

Detroit Tigers - 57-62, 4th in AL Central
Nate Robertson, for whatever reason, still couldn't pull off a victory. Jeremy Bonderman made sure that Wednesday was a different story, as the Tigers refused to let the competition back in the game. The Tiger pitching staff was staked to a 5-0 lead by the Tiger offense. But after jumping out to a 5-0 lead, not even David Ortiz could bring the defending champs all the way back. The Sox put up four runs, but four is less than six, a lesson the Red Sox had re-enforced on Wednesday. Jeremy Bonderman got his 14th win of the year, giving up four runs over 6 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodney came on in the 9th inning to seal the victory, but it wasn't easy. Rodney gave up a run before inducing a game ending double play to secure the victory. The Tigers' one through four hitters each had two hits apiece, while John McDonald added three hits. Craig Monroe also had a hit, a run and two RBI, while Brandon Inge had two hits and an RBI. The Tigers are off on Thursday before hosting Toronto at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 76-48, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens struggled some the last night they faced Norfolk. There would be no repeat of that, despite the ‘Hens losing two of their top hitters over the past few days; Curtis Granderson and Carlos Pena. Toledo shut out Norfolk and cruised to an 8-0 victory. Zack Miner was responsible for the shut out, as he pitched seven excellent innings, allowing just four hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Matt Ginter came on in relief and gave up three hits, but no runs. The offense was led by the long ball, as four Mud Hens went deep; Marcus Thames, Ryan Raburn, Don Kelly, and Mike Hessman. They host Norfolk again at 7pm on Thursday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 60-64, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves hearts were in the game; unfortunately enough runs were not as they fell to New Britain 7-4. Erie's 1st run came in the 5th with RF David Espinosa's ground out. Erie 2B Juan Francia singled in another run to make it 2 by the inning's end. Next inning, 3B Jack Hannahan singled in a run and in the 9th, 2B Juan Francia singled in Erie's final run. Virgil Vasquez took the title of starting and losing pitcher going 5 innings and giving up 6 runs. Reliever Brad Weis took the mound for 2 innings and gave up 2 more runs. Erie's next chance to beat New Britain is Thursday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 27-21, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to Dunedin 3-2, which evened their series at one game apiece. Starter Josh Kauten got the loss despite a quality outing. Kauten pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks. Lakeland had nine hits in the game but didn't find a way to get runners across the plate. The Blue Jays were up 3-0 in the fifth when Juan Gonzalez scored on a single by Jason Knoedler to get Lakeland on the board. The L-Tigers got another in the seventh. Gilberto Mejia singled in Russ Cleveland to cut the lead to one, but it was as close as the L-Tigers would get. Derek Nicholson finished three for three in the DH spot. Russ Cleveland was two for three with a run scored. The teams play the third game of the series tomorrow in Dunedin.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 30-23, 2nd in East division
The Whitecaps lost a close one on Wednesday, falling to Kane County 3-2. Jeff Hahn got a chance to make the start, but took the loss despite giving the team a quality start: six innings, three runs. Lavon Lewis and Ed Clelland were solid in relief, not allowing another run, but the ‘Caps couldn't add on to the two runs they scored in the fourth to complete the comeback from three runs down. Wilkin Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a run, while Luis Sabino and Brent Dlugach each drove in a run despite neither having a hit. The two teams play again at 7pm in Kane County.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 32-22, 1st in Stedler division
Lowell jumped all over the O-Tigers as Oneonta fell by a score of 8-1. Bruce Badenhop took the loss but didn't pitch poorly, allowing three runs over five innings. But then the bullpen completely lost control, as Gibbs Wilson and Collin Mahoney gave up another four runs, putting the game out of reach. At the plate, the O-Tigers put up a run in the first frame, but couldn't do much after that, as they had just four hits for the game. Jorge Patino went 2-for-4 with a run, while Cory Middleton drove him in with an RBI double. After dropping three of four to Lowell, Oneonta moves on to face Vermont for a four game series. The first game is Thursday night at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 19-27, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers game on Wednesday was postponed due to wet grounds. They'll play a doubleheader back in Lakeland with the GCL Yankees, starting at 11am.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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