Detroit Tigers - 63-69, 4th in AL Central
Sean Douglass had a great start with the Tigers, but things haven't been so good as of late. Douglass' ERA is over 10 spanning his last seven starts, including Friday night's debacle, in which he was chased after just 3 2/3 innings of work, allowing eight runs on eight hits. The offense didn't have much going anyway, as the team managed just three hits, including a double apiece from Chris Shelton (who scored the team's lone run) and Curtis Granderson. Nate Robertson faces Mark Buehrle at 7:05pm on Saturday night.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 87-54, 1st in West division
It's all just biding their time at this point for Toledo, as they wait to start the International League playoffs and their chase for the Governor's Cup. Things didn't go so well on Friday against Columbus, as the ‘Hens fell 5-0. All five of those runs came against Wilfredo Ledezma, who wasn't able to record a single out before he was removed from the game. Ledezma walked five batters and gave up a pair of hits as he was responsible for all five runs. The Toledo offense meanwhile scattered four hits but was never able to get a run across the plate. Toledo faces Columbus again at 7:05pm on Saturday.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - 63-76, 6th in Southern division
It may have been the start of a three day holiday, but the Reading Phillies bats weren't taking any vacation as Reading clobbered the SeaWolves by a score of 11-3. The Phillies scored twice in the 1st, once in the 2nd and once again in the 3rd. The game quickly spun out of reach when Reading added 2 runs in the 5th and followed with a 5 run 6th to move ahead 11-2. Bright spots for the SeaWolves were SS Juan Francia (2 for 4 with 1 RBI) and LF Jackson Melian (2 for 3). The loss went to Erie starter Virgil Vasquez (2-8), who gave up 6 earned runs in 5 innings of work. The teams play again in Erie in a 7:05 P.M. game on Saturday night.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 38-26, 1st in West division
The L-Tiger offense exploded on Friday night for a big 15-8 victory. Unfortunately, Jordan Tata was roughed up in his last start before the playoffs, allowing all eight of Tampa's runs in just four innings. Luckily, the offense turned it on to help carry the team and get another victory. Derek Nicholson and Danilo Sanchez were the ones that really drove the offense, as each blasted two home runs (Nicholson now has 18 for the year, Sanchez has 22). Sanchez drove in an incredible seven runs on Friday night. Kody Kirkland also had a pair of hits and three runs for the L-Tigers. Lakeland plays its second to last game before the playoffs on Saturday, when they take on Tampa at 7pm.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 39-28, 2nd in East division
Drama! The Whitecaps rallied in the 9th to overcome a two run deficit and beat the Lansing Lugnuts 5-4. The West Michigan lineup turned four singles into three runs, all scored with two out in the top of the final inning. Catcher Christopher Robinson had the hot bat award for the night. Robinson racked up four hits including a big double in the top of the 2nd that resulted in the 'Caps' first run of the night. By game's end, the West Michigan sluggers had a total of 13 hits. On the mound, it was reliever Kevin Ardoin (5-1, 2.84) who recorded the win for his work in the final three innings of the game. Ardoin held the Lugnuts hitless and scoreless, striking out three. Starter Lucas French had a tougher time, giving up eight hits, four runs, and three walks. The teams meet again Saturday for game two of this series. Play gets underway at 7:05 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 45-24, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers are moving closer and closer to clinching the Stedler division crown, as they now possess a five game lead with just six games left to play. They claimed victory again on Friday, topping Tri-City 14-2. Dan Konecny pitched well in the win, throwing six shutout innings, scattering seven hits. Jeramy Laster and Matt Joyce each had three run home runs for the O-Tigers, while Ryan Roberson had three hits and three RBI, and Justin Justice had a pair of hits and a pair of runs. They face Tri- City again on Saturday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor