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CARDS TRUMP TIGERS.....St. Louis 5, TIGERS 2, T 3/10/09
Posted on: 03-10-2009

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    The Cardinals put a pair of runs
on the board before making an out
and went on to beat the Tigers 5-2
Tuesday in Grapefruit LGE play.
    Detroit has lost five in a row in Florida.
    Zach Miner yielded 3-R/3-ER on 7-H over 3-IP In his first start and fourth
springtime appearance to take the loss (1-2). Fighting for a possible fifth
starter's role,  Miner has allowed 10-R/10-ER in his last 8-IP.
    Skip Schumaker singled to begin the B-1st and promptly trotted home on
a 2rHR by Chris Duncan (#2) past he lightpole in RCField. The other run off
Miner came in the B-3rd, Schumaker was awarded a ground rule double when
Marcus Thames lost Schumaker's flyball in the sun, it bounced on the warning
track and over the wall. Duncan then singled Schumaker home.
    The two Tiger runs came on a Thames solo homer (#2) to the LField corner
to lead-off the T-2nd and via a first-pitch, pinch-hit RBI-2B by Ryan Raburn in
the T-6th.
    The Cardinals tacked on single runs in the B-5th on an RBI-G'out by Ryan
Ludwick off third Tiger pitcher Kyle Bloom and in the B-8th on a bases-loaded
sac-fly by Cards prospect Jarrett Hoffpauir off Tiger LHP prospect Fu-Te Ni.
    St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse, who regularly baffled the Tigers when he was
with the Minnesota Twins, went 4.1-IP for the victory (2-1). Lohse gave up
just 2-H & 1-W with 4-K. The only run Lohse allowed was on the Thames tater.
Fifth Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte retired the side in order in the T-9th with
2-K for he save.  
    Chris Lambert, Eddie Bonine and Ryan Perry each pitched a scoreless relief
inning for Detroit.
    Duncan was 2-for-2 with 3-RBI and Rick Ankiel 3-for-4 incuding a double and
also made a diving catch in CField for St. Louis.
    Bent Clevlen was 2-for-3 and Thames 2-for-4 for the Tigers.
    Detroit is 3-8 in Grapefruit play and 5-9 in al exhibitions. St. Louis is now
6-4-1 in Grapefruit games.

    DET      2-6-1, 5-LOB      (L) Miner, 1-2
    StL       5-9-0, 9-LOB     (W) Lohse, 2-1; (S) Motte, #1

    Bandon Inge made his fifh error or he spring in the B-8th. Inge's throw
pulled 1Bman Don Kelly off the bag to set up the unearned run off Ni.
    Just back from playing for Chinese Taipei in the WBC, Ni made his
second Grapefruit apearance.
    Onetime (1996) Tiger reliever Trever Miller was tagged for the RBI-2B by
Raburn on the first pitch he threw, then got lucky and out of the T-6th jam
when Inge sent a line-shot to 3Base and Thames was caught off the base for
an inning-ending double play.
    Tuesday marked the first time Detroit visited the Cardinals in Jupiter since
3/25/2005. Duncan was the hitting hero of that game too. Duncan clubbed a
3rHR in the B-9th to earn the Cards a 4-all tie in a game then halted by an
approaching severe thunderstorm.
    The Cardinals and Florida Marlins share Roger Dean Stadium (named for a local
Chevy dealership) in spring training and both have Florida State LGE farm clubs
stationed there. Both teams have their own identical office and clubhouse complexes
on opposite sides of the outfield wall. Thus, when the Tigers visited the Marlins
Monday night they were in the firstbase dugout and when they played the Cards
Tuesday afternoon Detroit was in the thirdbase dugout. The Marlins host the
"visiting" Cardinals Wednesday afternoon.  
    The Tigers host the New York Yankes at Joker Marchant Stadium in
Lakeland Wednesday afternoon. In a starting pitching rematch from last
Friday night in Tampa (a Yankee win which started Detroit's current losing
streak), Justin Verlander will toss for Detroit and C.C. Sabathia for he Yanks.
    Wednesday's game is the first of three straight and 4-of-5 the Tigers will
play in Lakeland.


    Venezuela advanced to second round play with a 10-1 win over Italy
Tuesday evening in Toronto.
    The three Tiger batters on Vz-WBC all doubled in the game as Miguel Cabrera
went 3-for-4 with 2-R, Magglio Ordonez 2-for-4 with 2-R and Carlos Guillen 1-for-3
with 1-R. Guillen and Cabrera each had an RBI. Guillen doubled-home Cabrera in
a 4-R/B-4th and Cabrera hit one of four homeruns in a 5-R/B-5th.


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