Pena, Robertson Lead Team to Win (8/23 Recaps)

Many fans and observers were worried that we were still seeing the same old Tigers, and that their hot streak would be followed up by yet another losing streak. Well, the Tigers' fortunes didn't change on Tuesday, as they extended their win streak with a big victory over Oakland.

Detroit Tigers - 61-62, 4th in AL Central
That .500 mark has been a curse for the Tigers all season long; but the Tigers are trying to prove that it's no longer a concern. They took another step towards getting back to .500 with a 4-1 victory over wild card leader Oakland. Nate Robertson and Carlos Pena led the team to victory, with a stellar outing from Robertson and an offensive onslaught from Pena. Robertson went eight innings, allowing just one run on two hits, including six strikeouts. Robertson finally was able to get a win, just his sixth of the year. Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Carlos Pena meanwhile drove in all four of the Tigers' runs, first with a solo home run in the fourth inning, then a three run home run in sixth inning (Pena now has eight home runs for the year, five since being recalled from AAA Toledo last week). Jeremy Bonderman will look to get the team to .500 against his former organization, as he faces Kirk Saarloos at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 79-52, 1st in West division
Toledo is still leading in the West division, but losing two of their most important players in Curtis Granderson and Carlos Pena certainly hasn't helped. The ‘Hens lost on Tuesday night, falling to Charlotte 5-2. Kenny Baugh took the loss, as he gave up three runs in four innings before being removed. The Toledo offense unfortunately wasn't able to turn it on until the very end, and at that point they had to work their way back from a 5-0 deficit. Gookie Dawkins had an RBI double in the eighth, and Alexis Gomez scored on an RBI groundout from Jason Smith in the ninth, but that wrapped up the scoring for Toledo. Things don't get easier for Toledo, as they travel to Norfolk now for a quick two game series. The first game is Wednesday night at 7:15pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 61-69, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves were hurting tonight after an 8-0 loss to Akron. Corey Hamman (3-4) started the game and took the loss after giving up 6 runs over 5 1/3 innings pitching. Relievers Brad Weis and John Birtwell held the Aeros to 6 runs during their time on the mound. Mark Johnson closed the game and gave up 2 more runs. The teams face each other Wednesday night at 7:05 for game three.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 31-24, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers lost 7-2. All of the scoring in the game was done in the first two innings. Dunedin scored four in the first. The L-Tigers got two runs in the top of the second and the Blue Jays followed that with three of their own. Lakeland starter Kevin McDowell only lasted one and two-thirds, allowing seven runs on three hits and five walks. The bullpen took over in the second and was able to hold the Blue Jays scoreless from that point on. De La Cruz replaced McDowell and pitched an inning and a third. De La Cruz was followed by Ostlund, Sanchez, and then Rogers. Juan Gonzalez went three for four with a double and a RBI. Kelly Hunt was one for four with a RBI. Lakeland and Dunedin flip-flopped in the division standings. Dunedin now leads the division by a half game. The series goes back to Lakeland for the final game.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 34-24, 2nd in East division
The ‘Caps had an off day on Tuesday, and have another one on Wednesday before getting back into the mix on Thursday, starting a four game series with Peoria.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 35-23, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers kept working on their rest with another day off on Tuesday. On Wednesday they kick off a short two game set with Tri-City.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 24-28, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers rolled to another 5-2 victory over the GCL Braves on Tuesday, this time getting the win at home. Brendan Wise turned in an excellent start, but because the offense didn't turn it on until late, would go with a no decision. Wise allowed two runs on two hits over six innings. Miguel Trejo got the win in relief, pitching two solid innings. Orlando Perdomo locked things down in the ninth for the save. Miguel Linares had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI. But Santo de Leon was the one helping score the runs, blasting a two run home run in the eighth and driving in another via a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The GCL Tigers host the GCL Yankees at noon on Wednesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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