Detroit Tigers - 63-73, 4th in AL Central
When Dave Dombrowski made a public statement last week saying that he wanted to see improvement and see the club win, this probably wasn't what he had in mind. The Tigers have dropped to 3-11 on their all-important 16 game stretch against contending teams, all but eliminating them from playoff contention. Jason Johnson took the loss despite pitching well (yet another strong pitching performance), pitching six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. This time though, the bullpen couldn't hold up, as Franklyn German would give up a run in relief, and then Craig Dingman would give up three more to put the game out of reach. Brandon Inge drove in the lone run of the game for the Tigers, scoring Dmitri Young (Young though left runners in scoring position on multiple occasions on Tuesday night). Magglio Ordonez also chipped in with two hits, and Ivan Rodriguez didn't have a hit, but he did take a walk, his first since July 26th. The Tigers take on Cleveland again on Wednesday at 7:05pm. Roman Colon makes his much anticipated debut as a starter, facing C.C. Sabathia.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 89-55, 1st in West division
Toledo was off on Tuesday, but starts its chase for the Governor's Cup on Wednesday against Norfolk. Andrew Good is expected to take the mound for Toledo.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-0 vs. Dunedin (best of three)
Lakeland began its three-game, West Division series with a 15-6 thrashing of the Blue Jays. They collected 15 hits and went through six of Dunedin's pitchers. The L-Tigers were smacking the ball out of the park. League MVP Brent Clevlen hit two home runs, Derek Nicholson added two more, Garth McKinney hit one and so did Danilo Sanchez. Lakeland was ahead early after scoring two in the top of the first on back-to-back homers from Clevlen and Nicholson. The L-Tigers added three more in the second. Dunedin answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, and then scored three in the third to take a 6-5 lead against starter Nathan Bumstead. Bumstead got the win after Lakeland came back with four runs in the fourth and never looked back. Bumstead, who was named Most Valuable Pitcher in the league, went five innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and five walks. He struck out five and did not give up any home runs. Eulogio De La Cruz pitched two scoreless innings and Felix Sanchez finished with two his own. Clevlen finished two for three with four runs, four RBI. Nicholson was two for five with three RBI and two runs scored. McKinney was three for five with three RBI and two runs. Lakeland can end the series with a victory tomorrow at home in game two.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 40-30, 2nd in East division
The ‘Caps were 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 - 47-26, 1st in Stedler division
The O-Tigers dropped a close one on Tuesday, falling to Lowell 3-2. Jay Sborz took the loss but turned in a decent outing, allowing two runs on two hits in five innings. Matt Norfleet pitched four innings of relief, giving up a run on just one hit, but the Oneonta offense couldn't make up that difference. William Rhymes had three hits and an RBI at the top of the lineup for Oneonta, while Jeff Larish and Ryan Roberson each had a pair of hits. Jeramy Laster drove in the final run via an RBI groundout. Oneonta faces Lowell again at 7pm on Wednesday night in the second to last game of the season.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor