Tigers Drop 5th Straight to Tribe (9/5 Recaps)

While the Tigers have started to get their pitching back on track, their offense has now gone into a tailspin, struggling to put runs on the board (they've averaged just one and a half runs over the past six games). That trend continued in their Labor Day matinee against the Cleveland Indians.

Detroit Tigers - 63-72, 4th in AL Central
Mike Maroth can't be too disappointed with his performance on Monday afternoon, as he gave up two runs in six innings, including a walk and six strikeouts. It marks the second consecutive quality start for Maroth, who has picked his game back up after a rough stretch through August. Unfortunately, despite pitching well he still took a loss, mostly because his offense provided no run support. Maroth, the last starter to earn a victory, fell to 12-13 on the year. Ivan Rodriguez had three hits in the game including a double, and Carlos Pena added a pair as well, but the rest of the lineup was relatively quiet, and none of their hits happened to come at the right time to get some runs in. The Tigers will hope to see the bats get back on track on Tuesday, when they face Cleveland again at 7:05pm. Cliff Lee faces Jason Johnson.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 89-55, 1st in West division
In their final regular season game of the year, Toledo pulled out a 4-3 victory over Indianapolis to close out their regular season in style. Jason Grilli started, but got a no decision despite pitching very well. Grilli went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with a season high 12 strikeouts. Wilfredo Ledezma got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless inning out of the bullpen (where he'll likely pitch for the playoff run). Toledo took the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning, via a two run double by Brandon Harper. Kevin Hooper, who had played every position through the first eight innings, then came on and pitched a perfect ninth inning, completing the goal of playing all nine positions in a single game. Hooper also picked up the save. Toledo is off on Tuesday, but starts its chase for the Governor's Cup on Wednesday in Norfolk.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 63-79, 6th in Southern division
There were some good things in Erie's season ending game. Then again, there were some not so good things about the game. The good things -- 10 hits by Erie, including 2 doubles. The not so good -- the 10 hits led to only one Erie run, while the Reading Phillies managed to score 5 runs (on 9 hits), in a 5-1 Reading win. 2B Juan Francia finished the season with a 4 for 5 performance, including one RBI. 3B Scott Tousa (2 for 4), RF David Espinosa (2 for 4) and DH Jackson Melian (2 for 4) also provided solid hitting performances. Erie starter Jeremy Johnson pitched a strong game, giving up only 3 hits and one (earned) run in 5 innings on the mound. Despite his strong outing, Johnson (4-3) took the loss. Erie finished the season with a record of 63-79, in last place of the Southern Division of the Eastern League. Despite their record, the SeaWolves developed some strong prospects, like Joel Zumaya, and showed the Detroit Tigers farm system to be moving in the right direction.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 40-26, 1st in West division
The L-Tigers finished their season up on Sunday, but now get back into action as the top team in the Florida State League. Lakeland's 85 wins over the entire season tied a franchise record. Now they head to Dunedin for the first game of a three game series. Nate Bumstead takes the mound for Lakeland. Games two and three (if necessary) will be played back at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 40-30, 2nd in East division
The Whitecaps closed things out on Monday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Lansing. Josh Rainwater started but got a no decision, giving up a run on three hits in five innings. Rainwater also struck out seven. Four relievers then combined to finish the game out, including P.J. Finigan, who got the win. Kevin Whelan again pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save since being promoted to the ‘Caps. The game was tied at 1; that is until Clete Thomas blasted an RBI triple in the ninth to take the lead. Jeff Frazier and Brent Dlugach also each added a pair of hits. The ‘Caps are off on Tuesday but get the playoffs started on Wednesday at Fifth Third Ballpark. Jair Jurrjens is expected to take the mound for West Michigan at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 47-25, 1st in Stedler division
With a comfortable lead in the Stedler division, Oneonta is just biding their time now until the playoffs start. On Monday, Oneonta cruised to a 6-4 victory over Lowell. Sendy Vasquez got a no decision as the starter, giving up four runs in four innings. But the Oneonta offense turned it on later on in the game, including a three run seventh that gave the O-Tigers the lead for good. Matt Rusch got the win in relief, pitching three shutout innings. Gibbs Wilson got the save despite a hit and a walk in the ninth, it was his third save. Michael Holliman had a double and a triple along with two runs for the offense, while Ryan Roberson had a home run and three RBI, and Cory Middleton added a solo blast. Oneonta faces Lowell again on Tuesday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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