Detroit Tigers - 59-62, 4th in AL Central
A team that was just a week ago seemingly being left for dead has turned things around in a hurry, winning six of their last seven games. The last of which came on Saturday night, where the Tigers topped the Blue Jays 3-2 in 13 innings. Jason Johnson was excellent as the starter, allowing two runs (one earned) over eight innings. Unfortunately, he would leave with a no decision. The Tiger offense wasn't able to get much going, that is until the Jays did something. The Jays put up a run in the top of the first, the Tigers responded with an Ivan Rodriguez solo home run. After another run in the fifth, the Tigers responded again with another solo home run, this one from Craig Monroe. Things would go scoreless from that point forward for the Jays, as they'd only manage one hit after their fifth inning sacrifice fly. The Tigers would stay relatively quiet too, until the bottom of the 13th, when Magglio Ordonez blasted a double down the left field line that would score Placido Polanco for the game winning run. All the way up to three games under .500, the Tigers will try and complete the sweep on Sunday at 1:05pm with Sean Douglass facing Dustin McGowan.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 78-49 1st in West division
Joel Zumaya exited the game with the lead and an offense that looked able to put up more runs on the board. Unfortunately, while the Mud Hens' offense put up three more runs to bring their total to six, Steve Green couldn't record an out in relief as part of a five run seventh inning that helped lead the way for a Richmond 8-6 victory. Zumaya got a no decision, giving up two runs over six innings, including just two walks and four strikeouts. Green took the loss. Gookie Dawkins had a huge night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Jack Hannahan also had a pair of RBI, while Dewayne Wise and Ryan Raburn each had a hit and an RBI. Toledo finishes up with Richmond on Sunday at 2pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 60-67, 5th in Southern division
It wasn't a pretty sight after Norwich defeated the SeaWolves 11-1. Erie's one run came courtesy of DH Juan Tejeda's home run. Starting pitcher Preston Larrison (3-3) took the loss after pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up 7 runs. Brad Weis relieved for 3 innings and gave up Norwich's last four runs. Relievers Adam Peterson and John Birtwell finished the game. The team's final match up starts at 2:05 Sunday afternoon.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 29-23, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers lost the lead early on, but put up five runs over the final four innings, including two in the ninth, to take a 5-4 lead and steal the victory. Nate Bumstead was the starter, as he gave up all four Fort Myers' runs in his 6 2/3 innings of work. Felix Sanchez got the win in relief, not allowing a run in his inning and a third. Kelly Hunt got the L-Tigers on the board with a two run home run in the sixth inning, and Brent Clevlen had a pair of RBI, including earning a walk with the bases loaded to bring home the first of two runs in the ninth. Derek Nicholson would hit a sacrifice fly that would score Gilberto Mejia to take the lead and bring the game to the final score. Vincent Blue also had three walks in the game. Lakeland plays at Fort Myers again on Sunday at 1:05pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 32-24, 2nd in East division
The 'Caps showed Fort Wayne a bit of magic West Michigan style on Saturday, conjuring two big rallies to top the Wizards 9-3. Down 1-0 going into the bottom of the 5th, the Whitecaps lineup came alive and didn't look back. In the 5th, the 'Caps sluggers racked up five hits and four runs. The Wizard defense volleyed in the 6th, sending the West Michigan batters back to the bench 1-2-3. Undaunted, the West Michigan lineup stepped up in the 7th to increase their lead by four to 8-3. Leading the hits for West Michigan were right fielder Luis Sabino and left fielder Jeff Frazier with three each. The Whitecaps defense had some magic of their own, including a fly out double play to end the top of the 5th. Center fielder Clete Thomas caught the second out and then rifled the ball to shortstop Brent Dlugach who got it to third baseman Wilkin Ramirez for a third out on the throw. Starter Lucas French recorded the win (4-2, 4.89) with relief from Ed Clelland, Anthony Tomey, and Kevin Ardoin. Clelland served up a solo homer in the top of the 7th, Tomey allowed the final Fort Wayne run, and Ardoin finished the Wizards off nicely by sending them to their dugout 1-2-3. West Michigan takes on Fort Wayne again Sunday. Game time is 2:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 34-23, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta took back the division lead on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over Vermont. Dan Konecny, who had been struggling all year long both at Oneonta and West Michigan, was lights out, giving up just two hits over seven shutout innings, as Konecny got his third win with Oneonta. Anthony Claggett recorded the final two outs to get his fifth save. Much like the Detroit Tigers on Friday night, Oneonta was led by the long ball, as they had three to provide their four runs. Michael Holliman started the game off right with a solo home run in the first, then Ryan Roberson had a two run homer in the sixth, followed up directly by Jeff Larish's solo blast, his third in three games since being moved up to Oneonta from the GCL. The two teams finish up their series on Sunday at 5:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - 22-28, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers win streak was snapped on Saturday as they fell to the GCL Phillies in a 12-1 blowout. Ramon Garcia took the loss, allowing four runs over 5 1/3 innings, but he didn't take the worst of it, as the bullpen was excellent, until Waldy Sierra came in and got absolutely hammered, giving up eight runs in an inning of work. Daniel Sandoval and Miguel Linares each had a pair of hits in the loss. The GCL Tigers are off on Sunday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor