Offense Discovered in Victory (9/11 Recaps)

Two days, two wins, amazing how taking on one of the worst teams in baseball can help get a team back on the right track. The Tigers snapped their nine game losing streak on Saturday, then Sunday won the series rubber match with an offensive explosion, one this team hasn't had in weeks.

Detroit Tigers - 65-76, 4th in AL Central
The winning is coming now, as the Tigers salvaged what could have been a terrible week with a pair of weekend wins to take the series from Kansas City. Sunday was a feel good for all involved (at least from the Tigers end anyway) as they routed the Royals 14-4. Jason Johnson got the victory, giving up three runs in five innings. The exciting part of the game however was the offense explosion, as the Tigers scored more runs on Sunday than they did in their entire nine game losing streak (12). Every starter except Carlos Pena had at least one hit, including Placido Polanco, who had four hits and scored four runs. Brandon Inge also drove in three runs, while Chris Shelton had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI, including his 13th home run of the year. Curtis Granderson and Vance Wilson also chipped in with two hits and two RBI each. The Tigers continue their homestand on Monday when they host Minnesota for a three game series. Roman Colon faces Kyle Lohse at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - win 3-2 vs. Norfolk
It wasn't easy, but Toledo finished off Norfolk on Sunday to head to the Governor's Cup Championship Round. Toledo topped Norfolk 5-3 on Sunday, led by Wilfredo Ledezma. Ledezma's control and velocity still isn't all the way back, but that didn't stop him from giving up just three hits in five innings to get the win. Ledezma gave up one run, but left the game with a four run cushion. It got interesting then though, as Corey Hamman came in and promptly gave up a pair of runs without recording an out. But then the next man (John Ennis) came in and settled down, and helped lead the way to four shutout innings to carry the ‘Hens to the next round. Toledo helped get their runs on the board using good old walks to make it happen; Mike Hessman had a pair of walks and scored both times he reached base. Ryan Raburn meanwhile had a pair of hits, a run and two RBI for Toledo. The best of five series with Indianapolis starts on Tuesday at 6:30 at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-2 vs. Palm Beach (best of five)
The L-Tigers dropped a second game to the Cardinals by the score of 4-1. Lakeland is now behind Palm Beach in the series 2-1. Starter Nate Bumstead went six innings in a losing effort. He allowed four runs on six hits and five walks. The L-Tigers managed to plate only one run with their six hits and five walks. They left nine runners on base and struck out eleven times as a team. The L-Tigers were already down 4-0 in the fifth when Gilberto Mejia scored on a double by Vincent Blue to get the L-Tigers on the board. Blue finished one for three with a RBI. Mejia was one for four with a run. Brent Clevlen, who has been tearing it up this postseason, was held in check and went zero for three. The L-Tigers face elimination tomorrow. They need a victory to tie up the series and force a fifth game.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - lost 0-2 vs. South Bend
West Michigan ended their bid for a repeat championship Sunday. The 'Caps lost 6-3 to South Bend. Starter Josh Rainwater took this final season loss, throwing for just over six innings and taking down five 'Hawks on strikes. Jeff Frazier led the West Michigan lineup in a 9th inning rally attempt, sending a two-run homer to left field that scored Nick McIntyre. Unfortunately, the momentum did not carry and the next three batters went down 1-2-3. West Michigan made a strong showing in the second half of the 2005 season with mid-season roster changes that brought a close-knit feeling to the team that was missing in the first half. The Whitecaps ended the season second in their division, three games back from South Bend who will now advance to the championship series.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - lost 0-2 vs. Auburn
Oneonta's season came to an end on Sunday with another blowout loss to Auburn, this time by a final of 16-5. Jay Sborz was rocked and the losing pitcher on record, giving up seven runs in two-plus innings of work. Unfortunately, the punishment didn't end there, as much like Saturday, the Oneonta bullpen was ineffective. Ryan Roberson had three hits and scored two runs in the losing effort, while Jeramy Laster added two hits, a run, and an RBI. The O-Tigers can still walk away from the season having posted the second best record in the New York-Penn League, as well as sporting the best offense in the league.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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