Pena Helps Tigers Snap Losing Skid (9/10 Recaps)

It wasn't graceful, and it certainly wasn't easy, but the Tigers finally snapped their more-than-a-week-long losing streak on Saturday night with a one run victory over Kansas City. Regardless of how they got there though, a win is a win, and right now, the Tigers would take one any way they could get it.

Detroit Tigers - 64-76, 4th in AL Central
Mike Maroth was hoping that he could help finally end the Tigers' losing streak and get a win. Maroth didn't get the win, but he turned in a quality start and helped keep the Tigers in the game, enough so that a solo home run in the eighth inning by Carlos Pena was enough to give the Tigers a slim lead. Maroth went seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, including a walk and three strikeouts. Chris Spurling got the win in relief for a pitching a scoreless eighth inning, while Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 8th save of the year. Pena and Placido Polanco had big nights; Pena went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Polanco went 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI. The two teams wrap up their three game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:05pm when Jason Johnson faces Jose Lima.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 2-2 vs. Norfolk (best of five)
The Mud Hens have decided to give their fans every game possible, as they'll go to a game five on Sunday with their 3-2 loss to Norfolk. Toledo headed into the eighth inning with a slim 1-0 lead, but a pair of runs gave Norfolk a 2-1 lead. All this after Jason Grilli turned in an excellent start, scattering eight hits without a run over seven innings. Grilli also walked one and struck out ten. Toledo would tie it up in the bottom half of the inning with a run, but Norfolk took the lead back for good in the ninth with another run, this one off Jason Karnuth. Marcus Thames went 2-for-3 in the loss, while Dewayne Wise had a hit and a run. The deciding game five takes place on Sunday at Fifth Third Field.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-1 vs. Palm Beach (best of five)
The L-Tigers shutout Pam Beach 2-0 and evened their series at one game apiece. Starter Kevin McDowell went five innings and got the win. McDowell allowed three hits, three walks and struck out four. Ian Ostlund came on and threw three and a third, striking out six and recording a hold. Chris Homer took over for Ostlund in the ninth with one out and two runners on. Homer got the last two outs of the game and record his first save of the series. The game was scoreless until the fifth when Kody Kirkland scored on a RBI single from Garth McKinney. Danilo Sanchez later scored on a sacrifice grounder by Juan Gonzalez and the L-Tigers were up 2-0. Palm Beach starter Jose Garcia threw seven innings and gave up just one earned run in the loss. Game three of this five-game championship series will be played tomorrow in Lakeland.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 0-1 vs. South Bend (best of three)
West Michigan had hoped to start the second round of the Midwest League playoffs off with a strong performance against South Bend, but instead the 'Caps suffered a disappointing shutout loss Saturday. The 'Caps lineup went almost hit for hit with South Bend but failed to convert those hits into the runs. The West Michigan defense, in turn, was not able to prevent South Bend from turning nine hits into five runs. Starting pitcher Jeff Hahn recorded the loss. Together with relievers Kevin Ardoin and Freddy Dolsi, the West Michigan pitchers took down eight Silverhawks on strikes -- one more strikeout than the South Bend pitchers threw to West Michigan batters. The 'Caps travel to South Bend for game two of this best-of-three series. Play gets underway at 8:00 p.m. Sunday.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 0-1 vs. Auburn (best of three)
The O-Tigers got the playoffs started on the wrong foot with a huge 17-4 loss at the hands of Auburn. Everyone that Oneonta put on the mound, Auburn hit, and hit hard. They started off with Burke Badenhop, who gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. Matt Norfleet and Collin Mahoney did no better in the beating. Rafael Mendez had a two run home run for Oneonta at the plate, and Justin Justice and Cory Middleton chipped in with two hits each. Oneonta will fight for their playoff lives on Sunday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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