Zito, A's Slam Tigers (8/25 Recaps)

The Tigers were at minimum hoping to give Oakland a battle in the rubber match on Thursday afternoon, and maybe even steal the game and take a series victory over the same team that swept the Tigers just weeks earlier. That didn't happen though, as the Tigers were thoroughly hammered as they were sent on the road a sour note.

Detroit Tigers - 61-64, 4th in AL Central
Some losses are tough to take because the game felt winnable and within reach. The Tigers game Thursday may have been tough to take, but it certainly wasn't winnable as the A's destroyed the Tigers 11-1 on Thursday. Mike Maroth was lucky to make it as long as he did, getting hit virtually every time he went to the mound – he ended up allowing eight runs on ten hits in 3 2/3 innings. The bullpen closed things out for the most part, but the damage obviously was already done. Meanwhile Chris Shelton was the only one to be able to get a run in with an RBI double in the eighth inning that scored John McDonald. Placido Polanco also chipped in with three hits. The Tigers now face Boston for a three game set at Fenway, starting at 8:05pm with Jason Johnson facing Tim Wakefield.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 81-52, 1st in West division
Toledo made it two victories in a row on Thursday night with a victory over Norfolk 4-1. The win puts the Hens one step closer to an IL West division title, shrinking their magic number to just 6. The Hens' number to earn a spot in the playoffs is just two as Toledo will come back home on Friday and look to secure a playoff spot when they take on Louisville. Matt Ginter improved to 4-3 after going five innings and only allowing one run on five hits. Dewayne Wise, Alexis Gomez and Kevin Hooper each had two hits, but Hooper notched three of the Hen RBI's on two doubles. Toledo's series with the Bats starts on Friday at 7 p.m.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 63-69, 4th in Southern division
Slashed - killed - clobbered - all words describe what the SeaWolves did to Akron as they won 14-5. A round of applause goes to RF Bryon Gettis, who had a stellar night after bringing in 4 runs (singled in 2 in the 2nd and doubled in 2 in the 4th). CF Jason Knoedler made his name known after scoring off a wild pitch in the 2nd and doubling in 2 in the 3rd. DH Juan Tejeda wasn't too quiet either - bringing in 2 runs (RBI double, RBI single) as well as 2B Mike Woods singling in 2 in the 1st. The other 2 runs came courtesy of C Max St. Pierre's RBI double and 1B Mike Rabelo's RBI single in the 5th. Pitching was on the ball – starting with Preston Larrison who took the win. Larrison (4-3) worked 5 innings and gave up 2 runs. Adam Peterson relieved for an inning and gave up 3 runs. Brad Weis and John Birtwell finished out the game without giving a single run. Erie travels to Harrisburg for a three game weekend series, starting Friday at 6:35pm.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 32-25, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers game on Thursday night was cancelled due to the rain from Hurricane Katrina. No makeup date has been announced yet.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 34-25, 2nd in East division
West Michigan rallied in the 8th to close the gap on a 7-2 Peoria lead but the dramatic three-run homer from DH Wilkin Ramirez that put the 'Caps within one run of the tie proved to be the end of the 'Caps scoring effort. West Michigan lost to Peoria 7-6. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern (7-11, 3.58) faced 23 Peoria sluggers, giving up eight hits and five runs. Peoria would go on to rack up a total of 12 hits, adding three more off reliever P. J. Finigan and one on an Anthony Tomey pitch. Ed Clelland replaced Tomey in the bottom of the 8th with two out, striking out the lone batter he faced to end the inning. West Michigan meets Peoria again Friday at 8:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 38-23, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers rolled to victory with 12-2 victory against Tri-City on Thursday night. Sendy Vasquez improved to 6-0 on the year, pitching six strong innings, allowing a run on two hits, including seven strikeouts. Collin Mahoney also pitched another shutout inning of relief. Matt Joyce went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, while Jeff Larish went 2-for-3 with two runs, a home run and three RBI. Mark Haske had three hits, two RBI and a run also. Oneonta now returns home to host Vermont for a four game series, starting on Friday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 24-30, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers ended the year on a rough note, dropping their final game of the year to the GCL Yankees 3-2. After six shutout innings from Erik Averill, Jesse Caraballo came in only to give up three runs in just 1/3 of an inning. Caraballo took the loss to fall to 1-3. Angel Reyes went 2-for-4 at the plate, scoring both the team's runs, while Audy Ciriaco and Casper Wells each had an RBI. Thursday's game concludes the GCL rookie season, as most of the players will return home for a brief period of time before returning to Lakeland for Fall Instructional League games.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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