Detroit Tigers - 65-78, 4th in AL Central
After a string of solid starts, that streak wouldn't continue for Nate Robertson against Minnesota on Tuesday. Robertson was chased from the game after just three innings, as he gave up seven runs (five earned) in that stretch. Matt Ginter was a bright spot on the mound though, as he pitched three shutout innings. Unfortunately, the offense couldn't keep up with the Twins pace, as Minnesota continues to try and catch the leaders in the wild card race. Brandon Inge did drive in Placido Polanco with an RBI triple in the first inning, and Ivan Rodriguez added a two run home run in the fourth, but that wasn't nearly enough to compete with the nine runs that the Twins put up. The Tigers will try and salvage a game of the three game series on Wednesday afternoon with Sean Douglass facing one of Minnesota's top prospects, Francisco Liriano.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 1-0 vs. Indianapolis (best of five)
Toledo jumped out to a 1-0 lead in their best of fiver series with Indianapolis in the opener on Tuesday night. The ‘Hens were victors by a score of 10-8. Andrew Good started but was hit hard and pulled early to avoid further destruction. Good gave up four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings. The bullpen would combine to give up four more runs over the rest of the game, but luckily, the Toledo offense was up to the challenge. Jack Hannahan had four hits and two RBI for the ‘Hens, while Don Kelly drove in four runs with a double and a triple. Mike Hessman also had a solo home run. In game two, Kenny Baugh takes the mound at 6:30pm for Toledo.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent
High-A Lakeland Tigers - lost 2-3 vs. Palm Beach
The L-Tigers played hard all season and fought with everything they had for the FSL championship. Lakeland and Palm Beach took the series to a final fifth game, and if that weren't enough, the teams battled into an extra inning to determine the winner. The Cardinals came away victorious with a 5-4 win after ten innings. Lakeland was leading 4-3 coming into the ninth but closer Chris Homer gave up a home run that tied the game and then, in the tenth, allowed another home run that put the Cardinals ahead for the win. Homer was second in the league in saves with 29 during the regular season. It seemed like this was a game of long balls. Every one of the Lakeland's runs came on home runs. Kody Kirkland hit one out in the third to put the L-Tigers up 1-0. Derek Nicholson knocked one out in the fourth to double the L-Tigers' lead. Palm Beach came back and scored two in the fifth to tie it up. One of the runs was charged to Lakeland starter Eulogio De La Cruz and the other to an error by Kirkland at third base. De La Cruz pitched four and third, allowing one earned run on three hits and no walks. Jordan Tata came on to replace De La Cruz in the fifth but could not get Lakeland out of the inning. Tata was lifted for Ian Ostlund without recording an out. Ostlund got out of the fifth with the game tied 2-2. Ostlund threw a scoreless sixth before being replaced by Brian Rogers at the start of the seventh. Rogers came out shaky and gave up a single, threw a wild pitch, and then allowed a RBI triple that gave Palm Beach a 3-2 lead. In the eighth, Brent Clevlen hit a two-run homer to put Lakeland back on top. The L-Tigers were three outs away from the championship, but couldn't close it out. Homer was charged with a blown save and the loss after pitching two innings and allowing the two deciding runs. Despite the loss in the league championship, Lakeland's season will be remembered as one its finest. The L-Tigers had the best record in the league for the both the first-half and the entire season. Lakeland had players named as League MVP and the league's Most Valuable Pitcher. They were first-half champions of their division and had a record 10 players selected to this year's FSL All-Star Game.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent