Detroit Tigers - 62-66, 4th in AL Central
The Tigers were firing on all cylinders on Saturday night; they needed all that and more if they had hopes of keeping up with the Red Sox on Sunday in Boston's 11-3 victory. Nate Robertson was the third Tiger starter to face Boston, and the third to get hit hard, has Robertson gave up eight runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. As if that wasn't enough, the Red Sox kept going, putting up three more runs in the later innings on relievers Franklyn German and Chris Spurling. The Tigers were neck and neck with Boston, up until the sixth inning anyway, when Boston turned it on, and the Tigers couldn't manage much of anything. Chris Shelton and Magglio Ordonez each had RBI doubles, while Brandon Inge had three hits in the losing effort. No time to rest though, as the Tigers continue their 16 day, 16 game stretch in Cleveland on Monday. Jeremy Bonderman faces Scott Elarton at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 83-53, 1st in West division
Maybe it was just a hangover effect after celebrating qualifying for the International League playoffs, but the Mud Hens didn't come out with full force as they fell 7-6 to Louisville. Both teams were able to put up runs on the opposing starter – Wilfredo Ledezma allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings, while the Toledo offense managed six runs over the first five innings against Justin Germano. But Louisville's bullpen shut down the ‘Hens, and Doug Creek gave up a pair of runs in the eighth that proved to be the difference. Alexis Gomez had three hits and an RBI, while Gookie Dawkins and Brandon Harper had two hits and two runs each; Dawkins had an RBI via his solo home run, Harper had two. Toledo wraps up its series with Louisville on Monday at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 63-72, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves are still in the dog house and aren't coming out after a 5-1 loss to Harrisburg. C Mike Rabelo had a good night going 2-3 as the night's leading hitter and driving in one run. Starter Corey Hamman (3-5) took the loss, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings of pitching. John Birtwell gave up the other run in his one inning of relief. Edwin Almonte closed out the game. Erie gets Monday off and are back in action Tuesday night at 7:05 against Bowie Baysox. Bowie is currently 2nd in the Southern Division of the Eastern League.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 34-25, 1st in West division
Lakeland wasn't scheduled to play on Sunday, but gets back into action on Monday when they play Clearwater at 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 36-26, 2nd in East division
West Michigan fell to Peoria 4-1 Sunday for a series final 2-2 split. That lone run came in the top of the 9th when left fielder Jeff Frazier, who walked and then advanced when DH Wilkin Ramirez also walked, scored on a line drive single from shortstop Brent Dlugach. The West Michigan lineup was eager to connect ball and bat, but their 11 strikeouts proved them a bit too eager. In contrast, the 'Caps had only five hits. Third baseman Nick McIntyre had the big hit and the big out of the game. McIntyre stepped up in the first inning to send a big fly ball triple to right field but was thrown out at the plate on the attempt to reach home. Lucas French (4-3, 4.94) started for the 'Caps with relief from P. J. Finigan after five innings, eight hits, and four runs. Anthony Tomey pitched to the final three Peoria batters in the bottom of the 8th, retiring them 1-2-3. West Michigan returns home Monday to host the division-leading South Bend Silverhawks. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 41-23, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers have mostly used offense to out-pace their opponents, but Sunday they did the old-fashioned way with a 4-0 shutout victory over Vermont. Matt O'Brien got the start and the win, giving up five hits over eight innings of work, including seven strikeouts as he got his seventh win of the year. Matt Joyce had a pair of RBI for the O-Tigers, while Michael Holliman had two hits and an RBI. Chris Torres also had a pair of hits and scored a run. Oneonta has one more game against Vermont, as they finish up the series on Monday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor