Starters' Struggles Continue in Loss (8/29 Recaps)

Someone needs to flip that switch that turned off the ability of the Tigers' starting pitchers to get hitters out. Because after solid performances all year long, they simply can't get anyone out. That trend continued Monday night in Cleveland, as it was Jeremy Bonderman that was shelled this time around.

Detroit Tigers - 62-67, 4th in AL Central
Jeremy Bonderman shocked practically everyone when he was able to make his next turn in the rotation just days after taking a line drive directly off his wrist. Maybe he should have taken some more time off, as Bonderman was completely ineffective against the Indians, giving up nine runs (though only five earned) in 3 1/3 innings. The bullpen held up from there, but even after another hot start from the offense, the Tigers weren't able to keep up with the 10 runs the Indians would score. They started out real well with a five run first inning, highlighted by yet another grand slam by Dmitri Young. Craig Monroe drove in a pair of runs also, while Pudge Rodriguez and Magglio Ordonez combined for five hits (three doubles) and four runs. Mike Maroth faces Cliff Lee at 7:05pm on Tuesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 84-53, 1st in West division
Having already clinched a playoff spot, Toledo is now gunning for the best record in the International League, as well as the West division crown. They moved closer to that goal on Monday with a 6-2 victory over Louisville. Kenny Baugh was the star, pitching seven shutout innings, with a walk and six strikeouts. Toledo used a big five run fourth inning to give Baugh plenty of cushion, using four singles, an error, a pair of walks and a double. Dewayne Wise went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs, while Alexis Gomez drove in a pair of runs and Jack Hannahan went 2-for-3 with a run. Toledo moves on from Louisville now, heading to Indianapolis where they'll play on Tuesday at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 63-72, 5th in Southern division
Erie was off on Monday, but will try and get something going good again on Tuesday when they face Bowie at 7:05pm.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 35-25, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers' Josh Kauten pitched a complete game shutout and beat Clearwater 6-0. Kauten allowed only three hits, one walk and struck out five. He is now 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA since joining Lakeland at the beginning of August from West Michigan. The L-Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the first when Vincent Blue walked, and later scored on a wild pitch. Derek Nicholson scored a run in the fourth to make it 2-0. The L-Tigers busted it open in the seventh. Nicholson led off the inning with a solo shot, his twenty-third of the season. Kelly Hunt hit a two-run double, and then scored on a single by Juan Gonzalez. Kauten ended the game strong. He pitched nine outs in a row through the last three innings; sitting the Threshers down one-two-three for the seventh, eighth and ninth. Lakeland leads the West Division by one game over Dunedin. The L-Tigers continue their series with Clearwater tomorrow in Lakeland.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 36-27, 2nd in East division
Division-leading South Bend blanked the Whitecaps Monday 4-0. West Michigan managed only five hits off a trio of Silverhawks pitchers and stranded eight men on base. Catcher Christopher Robinson led the hits with two singles. Given recent high scores by the Silverhawks, the West Michigan pitchers and defense did a capable job holding South Bend to four runs. Andrew Kown (L, 8-10, 4.29) and Kevin Ardoin took down five 'Hawks on strikes and the defense left seven South Bend runners on base, three in scoring position with two out. West Michigan faces South Bend in game two of this series Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 42-23, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers took another step towards grabbing the Stedler division crown with an 11-4 victory over Vermont. Bruce Badenhop got the win, giving up just one run on five hits over seven innings. Thomas Lyons gave up three runs in relief, but with a ten run cushion, it wasn't a concern. Matt Joyce went 2-for-3 with a two run home run, while Cory Middleton went 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBI. Justin Justice also went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Mark Haske had two hits and two RBI. They face Tri-City on Tuesday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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