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RANGERS RIP ROBERTSON.....Texas 9, TIGERS 1, W 8/20/08
Posted on: 08-20-2008

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>>caption:  NATE WATCHES


    Texas blasted six homeruns
to top the Tigers 9-1 Wednesday
    The Rangers salvaged the
final game of the 3-game series.
    The on-again, off-again season
of Detroit lefty Nate Robertson
continued and Robertson was off-
again. Robertson served up five of
the six dingers, including back-to-back shots in both the B-3rd and B-4th.
    Robertson allowed 8-R/6-ER on 8-H & 4-W with 0-K in his 3.2-IP for the loss
(7-10). All of the eight basehits he gave up were for extra bases, the five
homers, two triples and a double.
    Robertson became the first Tiger LHander since Don Mossi in 1961 to
allow five homeruns in a single game and his season ERA rose to 6.09, second
highest in the major leagues.
    Texas 3Bman Travis Metcalf went 3-for-4 with 2-R & 3-RBI, going deep on
both Robertson and first Tiger reliever Aquilino Lopez for his first career multi-
homer game (#3 & #4). Metcalf's first longball came with a man aboard. All the
rest of the Texas taters were solo shots.
    Brandon Boggs (#6) and Michael Young (#11) hit consecutive solos in the B-3rd.
Josh Hamilton (#29) and Milton Bradley (#21) did likewise with 2-out in the in the
B-4th to chase Robertson. Hamilton's homer traveled 402-feet to RField and
Bradley's 430-feet to CField.
    Hamilton was 3-for-5.
    Aided by the half dozen homeruns, Rangers RHander Kevin Milwood pitched his
first complete game since 2006 to get the win (7-7). Milwood scattered 6-H & 1-W
with 4-K.
    Ramon Santiago doubled and came home on Miguel Cabrera's RBI-2B to CField
in the T-4th for Detroit's only tally.
     Gary Sheffield grounded into a double play to end the ballgame.

    DET     1-6-1, 5-LOB       (L) Robertson, 7-10
    TEX     9-14-0, 8-LOB     (W) Millwood, 7-7


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "Pitches over the middle of the plate belt high, they lead
to extra-base hits. It's all about starting pitching and tonight our starter had a tough

TIGERS SP NATE ROBERTSON:   "My slider was awful. It's been very inconsistent all year
long. It was a pitch I could always have success with, but it's not doing much. It spins
up there, stays up over the plate, and it gets whacked. Three of the home runs I gave
up tonight were on that pitch."

RANGERS SP KEVIN MILLWOOD:   "I located my fastball. I pretty much threw the fastball
wherever I wanted to. When you do that it can make your other pitches better."

EXTRA INNINGS:          
    Texas had lost its first five meetings with Detroit this year and seven
in a row over the last two seasons.
    The Rangers matched their season-high of six homeruns.
    The last Tiger pitcher to allow 5-HR in a game was Jeff Weaver on
7/24/1999 vs the Boston Red Sox at Tiger Stadium.


    Toledo topped the Tides, 8-5 in Norfolk, VA Wednesday night.
    LHP Dontrelle Willis earned the win (3-1), although he was less than
impressive in doing so. Willis allowed 8-H & 5-W in his 5-IP, giving up 5-R/3-ER
while posting 4-K. Francisco Cruceta pitched a perfect B-9th with 1-K for the
save (#3).
    Clete Thomas highlighted the Mud Hens bat attack by going 2-for-4
with a R, 2B & 2-RBI.
    Former Tiger INF Oscar Salazar (2002) was a perfect 3-for-3 with 2-W & 2-R
for Norfolk, upping his BA to .312 on the season.      


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