Detroit Tigers - 63-74, 4th in AL Central
Let the losing continue! And apparently, the Tigers don't care. After having lost six straight, one might think the team would come out fired up, trying to right the ship and end the losing streak. Instead, they came out with the same weak effort they've been displaying for the last week, losing 4-1 to Cleveland. Roman Colon didn't have a spectacular first outing, but likely pitched well enough to earn at least another look from the Tigers. Colon made it four innings before reaching his pitch count, giving up three runs on five hits. Colon however was no match for C.C. Sabathia, who went the distance, pitching a complete game four-hitter. The lone run Sabathia allowed was a solo home run from Vance Wilson. The Tigers will match up with Cleveland again on Thursday, except this time it'll be back in Cleveland at Jacobs Field, making up for the postponed game last week. Nate Robertson will take on Kevin Millwood at 4:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 1-0 vs. Norfolk (best of five)
Toledo squeaked out a 6-5 win over Norfolk, going ahead with a run in the seventh inning to take the lead for good. Andrew Good was the starter, but was chased early, as he gave up five runs in four innings before being pulled. Corey Hamman, who was in Erie up until recently being called up to help for the playoff run, got the win for pitching 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Kevin Hooper and Dewayne Wise got the offense started at the top of the lineup, each getting a pair of hits and a run. Marcus Thames also helped pace the offense with a two run home run. The ‘Hens were jockeying back and forth with Norfolk until the seventh when Thames drove in his third run of the game, scoring Sendy Martinez on a sacrifice fly. Toledo will try and take a commanding two game to none lead on Thursday night. The matchup will be one to see, as two of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball (Joel Zumaya and Yusmeiro Petit) face off at 7pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - Win 2-0 vs. Dunedin
The L-Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 1-0 and won their three-game series to become champions of the FSL West Division. Lakeland won the first game with high-powered offense and they won the second game with a lot of solid defense. Starter Jordan Tata pitched seven shutout innings, striking out nine while allowing four hits and issuing a walk. The game was scoreless until Tata got ahead in the bottom of the sixth on Brent Clevlen's two-out home run. Tata left after seven and Brian Rogers sat the Blue Jays down in the eighth with three straight strikeouts. He was awarded a hold. Chris Homer got the save for closing out the ninth. Clevlen dominated the series, batting .500 with 3 home runs, 5 runs, and 5 RBI. Lakeland will play either Palm Beach or Vero Beach for the league title. The L-Tigers await the outcome of the East Division series which is tied 1-1.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - 1-0 vs. Fort Wayne (best of three)
The defending Midwest League Champions got their 2005 playoff bid underway Wednesday with a 4-0 win over the Fort Wayne Wizards. Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens allowed just three hits and took down seven Wizards on strikes in his winning effort. Jurrjens, Kevin Ardoin, and Freddy Dolsi worked together to shutout Fort Wayne. For the offense, the West Michigan lineup got on the board early. By the end of the 1st inning, the Whitecaps sluggers had four hits and three runs to their credit. In the 6th, right fielder Luis Sabino sent a solo shot to right field for his first home run of the playoffs. DH Wilkin Ramirez led the RBIs with two. The teams meet for game two of this best of three quarterfinal series Thursday. Game time in Fort Wayne is 7:00 p.m.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 47-27, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta has a playoff spot secured, but that doesn't mean they can sit back and relax like Wednesday night, as Lowell beat them 11-6, while out-hitting them 18-9. Dan Konecny got the loss, being chased from the game in the second inning. Konecny was responsible for seven of those runs on ten hits, in just 1 2/3 innings. Tim Robertson pitched well in relief, allowing a run in 3 1/3 innings, but then Brandon Lyons gave up three more runs in 3 2/3 innings put the game out of reach. William Rhymes went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI for Oneonta, while Jeff Larish blasted a solo home run and Chris Torres drove in a pair of runs as well. The O-Tigers finish up their regular season on Thursday night against Lowell at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor