Tigers Prepare for Next Challenge (8/18 Recaps)

Fresh off a series victory over the defending world champions, the Tigers got a day of rest on Thursday, as they get to prepare for yet another tough series, this time hosting the Toronto Blue Jays, yet another potential playoff team. Meanwhile, Toledo's getting closer and closer to securing that playoff berth.

Detroit Tigers - 57-62, 4th in AL Central
Thursday was a day off for the Tigers, but on Friday, they kick off a three game series with the Blue Jays. Mike Maroth faces Dave Bush at 7:05pm on Friday night.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 77-48, 1st in West division
On Wednesday, the Hens used an offensive explosion to beat the Norfolk Tides 8-0, but on Thursday Toledo produced just enough offense to take their second straight from the Tides, winning by a final of 2-1. Kenny Baugh gave the Hens another great start going six strong innings and not giving any runs after the first inning. The Tides managed only 3 hits off of Baugh, whose ERA is now 3.38. Toledo only notched five hits on the night, but could have gotten by just fine with only two. Blasts off the bats of Mike Hessman and Marcus Thames provided the two runs the Hens would need to maintain their comfortable lead on first place in the IL West. Jason Karnuth got the save, his 19th of the year. The Hens make the trip to Richmond to play the Braves on Friday night.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 60-65, 5th in Southern division
It was a fun game with a happy ending for New Britain, as Erie lost 1-0. New Britian's pitcher Levale Speigner was 2 hits shy of a no-hitter. The SeaWolves who managed hits were 2B Juan Francia and C Max St. Pierre. Starting pitcher Corey Hamman (3-3) worked 7 innings, allowing only one run, but took the loss. Mike Bumatay relieved for the rest of the game. After losing this series, Erie prepares to take on the Norwich Navigators Friday night at 7:05. Norwich is 5th in the Northern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 27-22, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers lost to the Blue Jays 9-4 after splitting the first two games of this three-game series between the West Division leaders. Kevin McDowell got the loss, dropping him to 1-5 for Lakeland this season. McDowell was getting hit early and consistently. Lakeland posted a one-run lead in the top of the first, but the Blue Jays plated two in the bottom half. Dunedin led for the rest of the game. They scored three in the second and two more in the fourth. McDowell came out after four innings, having given up six earned runs on nine hits, which included two long balls. It became 7-3 in the fifth after Clevlen hit a RBI single to score Jason Knoedler and then scored himself on a single by Derek Nicholson. The Blue Jays answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. The two runs came on back-to-back homers against Ian Ostlund. Ostlund pitched the fifth and sixth, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Felix Sanchez pitched the last two innings for Lakeland. Clevlen finished three for four with three runs, two RBI and he hit his seventeenth home run of the year. With the loss the L-Tigers now trail Dunedin by one game for first place in the division. Lakeland travels to Ft. Myers tomorrow to start a three-game series against the Miracle.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 31-23, 2nd in East division
Dallas Trahern and the West Michigan Whitecaps are trying to get back on top of the East division, and they did their best to go for that on Thursday as they topped Kane County 8-4. Trahern got the win, his seventh of the year, as he allowed two runs on four hits over six innings. Trahern also walked three and struck out four. Kevin Whelan entered the game to get the final out, when Anthony Tomey struggled. It was Whelan's fifth save with the ‘Caps. Clete Thomas, Wilkin Ramirez and Jeff Frazier were driving the offense, as Thomas went 2-for-4 with two runs, Ramirez had three hits and two runs, and Frazier had his 12th home run which drove in three runs. West Michigan kicks off a four game series with Fort Wayne at 7pm on Friday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 33-22, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers have staked their claim to the Stedler division with an 8-2 win over Lowell on Thursday. Sendy Vasquez started but only pitched four innings, but Jake Baxter pitched five excellent innings of relief has he got his 2nd win of the year. Baxter allowed just two hits over those final five innings. At the plate, Jeff Larish made his Oneonta debut and went 2-for-4 with two runs, including a solo home run. Matt Joyce went 2-for-5 with two runs, and Michael Holliman drove in three runs. Oneonta matches up with Vermont again at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 21-27, 4th in North division
Don't look now, but the GCL Tigers are making a run at .500. They're getting closer to that after taking both games from the GCL Yankees on Thursday, winning both games; 3-2, 4-2. Orlando Perdomo got the win in the first game, pitching an inning of relief after Brendan Wise turned in six solid innings as the starter. Two runs in the bottom of the seventh won it for the GCL Tigers via a two run home run from Casper Wells. Jason De La Cruz also had a solo home run for the GCL Tigers. In the second game, Matt Rusch got the win, allowing two runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. Miguel Trejo got the save, his third. Audy Ciriaco went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Daniel Sandoval went 2-for-3 including a solo home run. They face the GCL Phillies at noon on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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