Detroit Tigers - 63-67, 4th in AL Central
One run victories, something that have plagued the Tigers in the past couple years, have become the Tigers' friend as of late, including Wednesday night's 4-3 win over Cleveland. Mike Maroth had a bit of a shaky start, giving up a pair of runs in the first and allowing a couple more baserunners in the second, but after that, he settled down. Maroth went seven innings, allowing two runs with six strikeouts. The offense then put up a pair of runs in the eighth to break the tie and take a 4-2 lead. Craig Dingman pitched the bottom half of the eighth, then Fernando Rodney came in to close it out, and while he did allow a pair of hits and a run, he did record the three outs to get his 7th save of the season and preserve the Tigers 4-3 win. The Tigers first got on the board in the first when Magglio Ordonez and Dmitri Young each drove in a run. They got two more in eighth when Ivan Rodriguez blasted a solo home run, then later on Nook Logan scored via a Carlos Pena RBI double. Placido Polanco also had a pair of hits in the win. The Tigers stay in the division, heading to Chicago now for four games with the White Sox. Jason Johnson will face Jose Contreras at 8:05pm at U.S. Cellular Field.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 86-53, 1st in West division
The ‘Hens swept both games of the doubleheader on Wednesday night. They won the first game 1-0 in a pitcher's duel won by Andrew Good. Good pitched six shutout innings, giving up just three hits without a single walk. Jason Karnuth closed it out for his 22nd save. Dewayne Wise drove in the team's lone run, a single in the sixth inning that scored Don Kelly. Toledo only managed three other hits, but the one run was enough to roll to victory. Toledo won the second one also be a small one run margin, winning 4-3. Jason Grilli got the win in that one, giving up three runs over five innings for his 12th win of the season. Steve Green would get the save, his second, despite walking the bases loaded in the ninth before closing it out. Don Kelly went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Wise had another big game, going 2-for-4, including a two run home run. Ryan Raburn also blasted a solo home run, his 19th of the year. Toledo and Indianapolis wrap up their series on Thursday at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 63-74, 6th in Southern division
And the streak continues as Erie lost 9-3 to Bowie. This game marks their 5th consecutive loss. The 3 runs came in the 3rd, 4th and 5th from LF Mike Woods' home run, David Espinosa and 1B Juan Tejeda's RBI single. The nights' losing pitcher was starter Mark Johnson(4-2)who pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up 7 runs. Lee Rodney allowed 2 runs in relief. The teams' last game starts Thursday night at 7:05.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 36-26, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers lost to Clearwater 10-4. The two teams combined for 26 hits in the game. It was the Threshers who did a better job of getting their runners across the plate. Lakeland stranded ten base runners. Losing pitcher Danny Zell went four and two-thirds, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk. Lakeland was down 7-2 when Zell came out in the fifth. He was followed by Sanchez, then De La Cruz, Ostlund, and Hensen. The Threshers got three more in the eighth off of DeLa Cruz and Ostlund. Lakeland scattered their four runs through the game. The L-Tigers got home runs from Hunt, Cleveland, and Mejia, who hit two in the game. They were Mejia's first two as a L-Tiger. He finished two for four with two RBI and two runs. Kirkland went two for four. Cleveland was one for four with the homer. Lakeland and Clearwater have split the first two games of their series and finish up tomorrow.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 37-28, 2nd in East division
It was a tough night Wednesday for the Whitecaps and starting pitcher Josh Rainwater (3-7, 4.40). West Michigan fell to the South Bend Silverhawks 8-4. Rainwater's short tenure on the mound was enough for the South Bend batters to establish a solid lead. By the end of the 3rd inning, Rainwater had given up 10 hits, six runs and a solo homer. West Michigan's lineup put up a respectable four runs, but never recovered from the early 'Hawks onslaught. Shortstop Brent Dlugach led the hits with two, and catcher Dusty Ryan's two runs put him at the head of the run column. West Michigan faces South Bend in the final game of this series Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks immediately follow the game.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 43-23, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta's game with Tri-City was postponed due to rain on Wednesday night. They'll make it up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday night, starting at 6pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor