Tigers Crush Jays en Route to Sweep (8/21 Recaps)

Wow! There's simply no other way to describe the Tigers offensive output on Sunday afternoon, as they simply clobbered everything that was thrown their way en route to a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays and their seventh win in just eight games, bringing them dangerously close to that .500 mark once again.

Detroit Tigers - 60-62, 4th in AL Central
It was simply a dominating performance, and there's just no other way to put it in the Tigers 17-6 victory over Toronto on Sunday afternoon in front of more than 36,000 on a beautiful day for a ballgame. Sean Douglass got the victory, his fifth of the year, as he allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Of course, he didn't allow a single one of those runs until the Tigers already had built a 15-0 lead, and he likely let up a bit. Everyone got in on the fun at the plate, but some of the notables were Brandon Inge (3-for-5, three RBI, one run), Craig Monroe (3-for-5, three runs, two RBI, home run) and Curtis Granderson (2-for-5, three runs, three RBI, home run). Carlos Pena also blasted a three run home run, his third home run in as many days. Back peeking at .500, the Tigers have a day off on Monday before hosting another playoff contender, Oakland, for a three game series. Nate Robertson will face Dan Haren at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 78-50, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens lost their second game in a row on Sunday, and watched their lead in the IL West shrink to only five games over the Indianapolis Indians, who have won five straight. The Hens lost in Richmond by a final of 6-1. Toledo only got six hits, but Mike Hessman couldn't be blamed for the Hens' woes at the plate as he went 2-3 with a homerun, a double and a walk. Hessman was the only Hen with more than one hit. The Toledo defense couldn't stop the Braves right off the bat as Richmond scored two runs in the first inning and added two more in both the sixth and eighth innings to seal the win. Jason Grilli took the loss to drop to 10-9 on the year after giving up four runs on eight hits in five innings of work. Toledo now travels to Charlotte to play three games in two days against the Knights, beginning with a double-header on Monday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 60-68, 5th in Southern division
No dust pans were needed for Norwich's clean sweep as they defeated Erie for the 3rd consecutive time. Erie lost 8-3. C Mike Rabelo and RF Bryon Gettis were responsible for Erie's 1st 2 runs in the 1st. Rabelo brought in a run on a ground out and Gettis singled in the second run. Erie's third, and final, run came off 2B Juan Francia's RBI single in the 2nd. Erie starter Rob Henkel (6-5) took the loss after giving up 7 runs (2 earned) in 4 2/3 innings on the mound. Lee Rodney relieved for 2 innings and gave up one unearned run. Mike Bumatay closed out the game. The SeaWolves travel back to Erie to face the Akron Aeros Monday night at 7:05. Akron is 1st in the Southern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 30-23, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers defeated the Miracle 4-2. Lakeland came into the eighth trailing 2-1 until Derek Nicholson, batting as a pinch hitter, knocked a two-run homer to put them ahead. The L-Tigers bullpen took over. They pitched three shut out innings to end the game. Jordan Tata got the start. Tata pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out seven. Ian Ostlund came on in the seventh and got the win after Lakeland went ahead in the eighth. Ostlund started the eighth but was replaced by Eulogio De La Cruz after giving up a one-out double. De La Cruz got out of the inning and pitched the last one and two-thirds to record his fourth save. Nicholson was one for one with the homer and two RBI. Garth McKinney went two for four with a double and a run scored. The L-Tigers begin a three-game series with Dunedin tomorrow. The two teams are battling for first place in the division.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 33-24, 2nd in East division
West Michigan extended their winning streak to two games Sunday, beating Fort Wayne 6-4. The 'Caps are currently one game back from Eastern division leaders South Bend. DH Wilkin Ramirez got things going for West Michigan in the bottom of the 2nd when he sent his 13th homer of the season to center field. The solo shot put West Michigan ahead 1-0 followed by rallies in the 4th and 7th that produced five additional runs. Left fielder Jeff Frazier (.290) gave a strong performance at the plate with two hits and three RBIs. Fort Wayne managed eight hits off the 'Caps pitchers and four Wizards went down on strikes. Andrew Kown (8-9, 4.41) recorded the win and Kevin Whelan (6, 1.35) the save. The 'Caps head to Comerica Park Monday to host the Fort Wayne Wizards at the Tigers' home field. Game time in Detroit is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 35-23, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers pulled out a close one on Sunday, pulling out a victory over Vermont with a run in the eighth to tie the game, and then another run in the ninth to take the lead and hold on for a 5-4 win. Matt O'Brien got a no decision as the starter – he allowed all four Vermont runs, though just two were earned in his 6 1/3 innings. Wilson Gibbs got the win in just his second appearance with Oneonta, pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, recording four of the five outs via the old-fashioned strikeout. Gibbs was made eligible for the win when Matt Joyce launched a solo home run to take a one run lead in the ninth inning. Justin Justice also had a big game, going 2-for-5 with two runs, a home run and three RBI. Oneonta now takes some time off before matching up with Tri-City for a brief two game series.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 22-28, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers were off on Sunday, but return to action on Monday for their final week of action, taking on the GCL Braves at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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