Detroit Tigers - 58-62, 4th in AL Central
Solid pitching and a great performance by the offense gave the Tigers a 9-5 win in the series opener against Toronto. Mike Maroth got the win, his 11th of the season, as he allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings. Maroth got the win, but the offense and the long ball was the story of the game, as the Tigers sent five over the fence. Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena each had solo shots in the second inning, with Chris Shelton and Ivan Rodriguez having dingers in the fourth inning, then Pena adding another solo shot in the fifth, to announce his return to the Tigers in style. Placido Polanco also went 3-for-5 with two runs. Jason Johnson faces Gustavo Chacin on Saturday night at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 78-48, 1st in West division
Indianapolis is on trying to get into the race for the West division, but that won't happen so long as Toledo keeps winning. They did that again on Friday night with a 7-3 victory over Richmond. Andrew Good got the win, giving up three runs over seven innings – it was Good's seventh win of the year. It wasn't exactly an offensive onslaught though, as Toledo got seven runs on just four hits. Jason Smith had a home run and three RBI, while Sendy Martinez drove in the other four runs. Most of those runs came in the seventh, when three straight walks let Smith drive in two via a groundball single, then Martinez drive in two more via a double to center. Toledo faces Richmond again on Saturday night at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 60-66, 5th in Southern division
Cry them a river - the SeaWolves are off to a losing streak here that continued with a 2-1 loss to Norwich. SS Tony Giarratano was the night's star going 2-3 and driving in Erie's solo run. Starter Matt Beech pitched a tight game in 6 2/3 innings, allowing only 2 runs, but still walked away with the loss. Reliever John Birtwell kept Norwich scoreless as he pitched the rest of the game. The teams face off for round two Saturday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 28-23, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers and Miracle started their series off with a doubleheader. Lakeland won the first game 3-2. Jermy Rodriguez got the win. Rodriguez (3-4) pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, four hits and a walk. Chris Homer came in for the last inning with a one-run lead and got his twenty-third save. It was a scoreless game until the fifth when the L-Tigers went up 2-0 on Garth McKinney's two-run homer. The Miracle tied it up in the sixth against Rodriguez but Lakeland got the go ahead run in the eighth when pinch runner Pedro Cotto scored on a catching error at first base. McKinney finished one for three with two RBI and a run scored. The second game of the doubleheader went eleven innings. The Miracle won 6-3 with a walk-off, three-run homer to end it. Ft Myers scored the first two runs of the game in the sixth against Brian Hensen. Hensen came on in the fourth after Danny Zell pitched three scoreless innings to start. Lakeland tied it up 2-2 when Garth McKinney hit his second two-run homer of the day. His first came in the opening game of the doubleheader. Hensen gave way to Brian Rogers in the seventh. Rogers pitched two and a third, allowing only one hit and one walk and keeping the game tied at two. Eulogio DeLa Cruz came on in the ninth after Rogers issued a walk with one out. DeLa Cruz got out of the ninth and through the tenth with the game still tied. The L-Tigers took the lead with a run in the top of the eleventh on Kelly Hunt's sixteenth homer and were poised to take both games of the doubleheader. In the bottom of the inning DeLa Cruz issued a leadoff walk. The Miracle advanced the runner on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single. DeLa Cruz intentionally walked the next batter and got the second out of the inning on a ground ball. However, DeLa Cruz gave up the home run to next batter, Ft Myers' Brock Peterson. The L-Tigers and Miracle play again tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 31-24, 2nd in East division
West Michigan struggled in their Friday game against Fort Wayne, falling 6-3 to the Wizards. The 'Caps put two on the board in the 1st to take a 2-1 lead, but Fort Wayne soon tied the game and went ahead by four in the 5th. West Michigan did not recover, scoring only one additional run in the bottom of the 8th when Chris Robinson, who led off with a double, scored on a walk. Left fielder Jeff Frazier led the hits with two and Luis Sabino added two to his RBI column. Starter Jair Jurrjens (10-6, 3.31) recorded the loss. Jurrjens threw for five innings, giving up seven hits, six runs, two walks and striking out four. West Michigan will look to do better Saturday when they meet the Wizards for a 7:00 p.m. match-up.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 33-23, 2nd in Stedler division
It was a tough loss for Oneonta, as not only did they take an extra inning defeat, but their loss coupled with Lowell's win meant they would fall to 2nd in the Stedler division. Jay Sborz got the start and displayed some things the Tigers hadn't seem out of him at a higher level – Sborz gave up just one run over his four innings of work, and while he did still walk four batters, it was encouraging that he was able to make it so long giving up only a run. Loren Fraser got the loss, giving up three runs over his appearance (one in the ninth to send it into extra innings, then two more in the tenth to end it). What's more frustrating is that Oneonta scored a run in the top half of the tenth inning, only to have Vermont one-up them in the bottom half with two runs. At the plate, William Rhymes went 2-for-5 with two runs, while Justin Justice drove in a pair of runs and Jeff Larish hit his second home run in as many days. They face Vermont again on Saturday night at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 22-27, 4th in North division
Another day, another win for the GCL Tigers, as they beat the GCL Phillies 5-3 on Friday in extra innings. Jesse Caraballo got the start, allowing three runs in five innings, while Erik Averill got the win in relief, pitching five shutout innings going through the 10th inning. Orlando Perdomo was perfect in the 11th to get the save. Jermy Rodriguez went 2-for-6 with an RBI, while Santo de Leon went 3-for-5. Agustin Guzman drove in a pair of runs, and Daniel Sandoval scored a pair of runs. The GCL Tigers face the GCL Phillies again at noon on Saturday, as they near the completion of their season on the 25th of August.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor