Detroit Tigers - 62-65, 4th in AL Central
It was just one of those games where everything comes together, and the other team doesn't have a chance, no matter how bad a hole the Tigers were in early on. When the Red Sox jumped out to a 6-0 victory, it didn't look good for Sean Douglass and the Tigers. Douglass was chased shortly after coming out for the fourth inning, allowing seven runs in three innings of work. But Roman Colon came on and was spectacular in relief, giving up just three hits in 3 1/3 innings with five strikeouts – Colon would get the win because of the offensive explosion that started in the fourth inning; it was his first as a Tiger. Everyone got in on the fun at the plate, but Dmitri Young got everything started with a big grand slam in the fourth inning, significantly cutting down on the Sox 6-0 lead. Carlos Pena drove in a pair of runs, while Brandon Inge had three hits, two runs and an RBI; Omar Infante had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI, while the top four hitters combined for nine hits and eight runs. The Tigers will try and steal the series after getting their first win in more than three years at Fenway at 2:05pm when Nate Robertson faces David Wells.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 83-52, 1st in West division
It wasn't far away for Toledo, but on Saturday, it became official, as Toledo's 10-2 victory clinched a playoff spot for the ‘Hens. Zach Miner got the win for Toledo, avoiding a bit of early trouble and settling down to mow down Louisville. Miner would give up two runs (one earned) in six innings, including four strikeouts. Five Mud Hens had multi-hit games, but Marcus Thames was a big factor, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Thames also scored two runs. Ryan Raburn went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI, and Sendy Martinez had two hits and two RBI. Toledo has a comfortable seven game lead in the IL West, but will try and clinch the division as soon as possible. Next up on the slate; 2pm vs. Louisville.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 63-71, 4th in Southern division
The SeaWolves are in the pound after losing again to Harrisburg - this time the damage was 6-1. Erie's one run came from 3B Scott Tousa's RBI. Of the 4 hits Erie totaled for the night, RF David Espinosa accounted for two of those, being the night's leading hitter going 2-3. Starter Virgil Vasquez (2-7) took the loss with 6 1/3 innings on the mound and allowing 6 runs. Lee Rodney relieved and refused Harrisburg any additional runs. The teams' final game starts Sunday afternoon at 1:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 34-25, 1st in West division
Lakeland was scheduled to play a doubleheader, but both games were rained out. No word yet if they'll try and make the two games up on Sunday.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 36-25, 2nd in East division
The Whitecaps gained a 2-1 series lead Saturday, beating the Peoria Chiefs 6-4. Third baseman Wilkin Ramirez took charge at the plate with two runs, three hits and two RBIs. Ramirez added his 15th homer of the season in the 5th, a two-run blast to left field that scored Jeff Frazier who doubled to get on base. West Michigan got their scoring done early, putting up two runs in the 3rd, 4th, and the aforementioned 5th inning. Winning pitcher Jair Jurrjens (11-6, 3.42) faced 24 Chiefs -- struck out three, walked one, gave up five hits and four runs. Kevin Whelan (8, 0.93) got the save for his work in the final inning. West Michigan closes out this series Sunday in Peoria. Play gets underway at 3:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 40-23, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta extended their lead in the Stedler division with a 7-6 victory over Vermont. Dan Konecny got the start but was chased in the fourth inning, as he gave up four runs in 3 2/3 innings. But Matt Norfleet came in and was excellent in relief, pitching 3 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball. Norfleet improved to 2-1 for the year. At the plate, William Rhymes went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Matt Joyce drove in the game winning run in the sixth, despite a late rally from Vermont to pull within a run in the ninth. Jeff Larish also had yet another home run and two RBI. The O-Tigers take on Vermont again on Sunday at 6pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor