Tigers Rest, Minor Leaguers Roll (8/22 Recaps)

It was a slow day for the Tigers and their farm system, but that doesn't mean it was a completely uneventful day, as it was highlighted by the West Michigan Whitecaps invading Comerica Park, as well as the Erie SeaWolves snapping their extended losing streak with a victory over Akron.

Detroit Tigers - 60-62, 4th in AL Central
If the Tigers want to really get back into the wild card race, this is the time. Back near .500, the Tigers host 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 - 79-51, 1st in West division
A doubleheader on Monday ended in a split, with each Toledo and Charlotte winning one game. The ‘Hens suffered a tough defeat in the first game, falling 4-3 to Charlotte. Zach Miner took the loss, allowing four runs in four-plus innings of work. Marcus Thames had a big game, going 3-for-3 with a solo home run, but that wouldn't be enough. Sendy Martinez also had a solo home run, and Don Kelly had two hits atop the lineup. In the second game, the offense came around in a 7-1 victory. Wil Ledezma marked his return in style, giving up a run on two hits in five innings in a triumphant return to the lineup. Ledezma also walked two and struck out three. Dewayne Wise went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Alexis Gomez went 2-for-3 with two runs. Ryan Raburn was the star of the game though, going 3-for-4 (including two doubles), scoring one run and driving in four more. Brandon Harper also had three hits, a run and an RBI. Toledo faces Charlotte again on Tuesday at 7:15pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 61-68, 5th in Southern division
Erie's losing streak finally ended with a 6-5 victory over the first-ranked Akron Aeros. RF Bryon Gettis started Erie off with a bang after slamming in a home run. In the 7th it was double trouble as Erie's CF Jason Knoedler doubled in two runs and SS Tony Giarratano doubled in one more. By the 8th inning, LF Mike Woods and Knoedler brought in two more runs. Woods brought in one off a sacrifice fly and Knoedler reached on a fielding error to bring in the other run. Virgil Vasquez started the game and pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs. Adam Peterson (4-3) relieved and gladly took the win after pitching 1 2/3 innings. Edwin Almonte closed the game and collected his 33rd save of the season. The teams meet again Tuesday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 31-23, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers opened up their three-game series against Dunedin with a 13-6 victory. There was a lot of action around the plate as the two teams combined for twenty-six hits in the game. Josh Kauten pitched six innings and got the win, improving his record to 6-5. Kauten gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks. Danny Zell pitched the seventh and Brian Hensen threw the last two. The L-Tigers scored two runs in the first to take an early lead. The Blue Jays came back with four runs in the top of the second, but Lakeland answered with five in the bottom of the frame. The L-Tigers got four more in the fifth and two in the seventh. Lakeland had multiple hits from all but two of their batters. Sanchez, Hunt, Clevlen and Mejia all went two for four, while Blue, Kirkland and Gonzalez all finished two for five. Nicholson and Sanchez hit solo home runs. The L-Tigers and Blue Jays are battling it out for the West Division lead. Lakeland is up by a game and a half in the standings. The series shifts to Lakeland for the second game tomorrow and then back to Dunedin on Wednesday for the last game.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 34-24, 2nd in East division
West Michigan got a taste of the big show Monday, blanking Fort Wayne at Comerica Park in front of nearly 4,000 fans. The 'Caps won 3-0 in Detroit. A quartet of Whitecaps pitchers allowed just four hits in the winning effort and had the Wizards looking and swinging all night. Seven Fort Wayne batters were taken down on strikes. Jeff Hahn (3-1, 2.62) recorded the win, Anthony Tomey and Freddy Dolsi threw an inning of relief apiece, and Kevin Whelan (7, 1.17) finished out the game for the save. Leadoff batter Clete Thomas got things going with a big triple in the bottom of the first, putting himself in scoring position and sealing the deal on DH Nick McIntyre's fly ball single. In the 2nd, the 'Caps extended their lead to 2-0 when second baseman Brooks Colvin doubled to send first baseman Josh Lee home. Run number three came in the 6th. Thomas singled, stole second, advanced on a McIntyre sacrifice bunt, and scored on a sacrifice fly hit by left fielder Jeff Frazier. West Michigan is now off for two days, traveling to Peoria to open a four-game road series on Thursday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 35-23, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta was off on Monday, and is off again on Tuesday as they rest up for their stretch run to win the Stedler division. On Wednesday they kick off a short two game set with Tri-City.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 23-28, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers rolled to a 5-3 victory over the GCL Braves on Monday afternoon. Luis Gil got the win as he continues to be one of the top pitchers for the GCL Tigers; Gil gave up three runs on three hits in six innings. From that point forward, the bullpen shut down the Braves, with three relievers each pitching a scoreless inning of relief, with Orlando Perdomo closing it out for his sixth save. The team was led by a pair of home runs from Wilkin Rodriguez and Daniel Sandoval; each with a two run home run. Santo de Leon also went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI double. They host the GCL Braves at noon on Tuesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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