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>>caption: INGE STARTED AND
ENDED THE TIGER COMEBACK<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
Brandon Inge collected 3-RBIs
when he began and concluded the
scoring in a 6-R/B-8th that gave
the Tigers a 6-4 Easter Sunday
matinee victory vs Texas.
The comeback completed a
3-game sweep of the Rangers,
gave Detroit four wins in five
games and put the Tigers above
the .500-mark for the first time
as they ended the opening week
of play at 4-3.
Inge's 100th career big league homerun opened the Tiger B-8th and he
later snapped a 4-all tie with a 2r1B when he batted for the second time in
Texas led most of the way on a pair of early 2rHR off Tiger starter Edwin
Jackson until the Tiger uprising, which was aided by an error by Rangers
rookie SStop Elvis Andrus.
Rangers starter Kevin Milwood had cruised through sevin scoreless innings
yielding only 4-H with 0-W & 6-K to lower his two 2009 appearances ERA to 0.64.
Inge greeted Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson with an opposite field lead-off
homerun (#4) to RField. Wilson would get charged with all 6-R (L, 0-1) in just 0.1-IP.
After Inge's homer, Adam Everett singled and Curtis Granderson was safe on
the Andrus error. Placido Polanco doubled down the 3Base line to the LField
foul zone cut-in corner that scored Everett to get Detroit within 4-2 with none out
yet in the inning.
Magglio Ordonez struck-out swinging, then Miguel Cabrera was intentionally
walked to load the bases and set up a possible inning-ending double play.
The strategy backfired when Carlos Guillen poked a slider on a 2-2 pitch to
LField for a 2r2B to tie the ballgame. Guillen came up lame and was replaced by
pinch-runner Josh Anderson.
The Rangers switched pitchers at this point, replacing Wilson with Warner
Madrigal (who was roughed-up by Detroit in Friday's series opener). Madrigal
walked pinch-hitter Marcus Thames to again load the bases to again try for a
DP and again the move backfired.
Although Madrigal got Gerald Laird to strike-out, Inge was the 10th batter
of the inning when he stroked a 92-mph Madrigal fastball on a 1-0 delivery
up-the-middle for a 2r1B to put Detroit ahead for the only time all day. Everett
then ended the B-8th with a popout.
Fernando Rodney entered to pitch the T-9th for Detroit and get the save (#2).
Although not as dramatic as his Saturday afternoon appearance where he struck-
out the side to protect a 1-run lead in a 4-3 win, Rodney had another 1-2-3 perfect
frame Sunday. Rodney got a groundout (on a super bare-handed grab and throw by
Inge of a bunt attempt), a popoout and flyball to Anderson in LField to end the
Brandon Lyon, who blew Jackson's first start of the season Tuesday at Toronto,
this time threw a perfect 2-IP when he replaced Jackson in the T-7th and Lyon
got the win (1-1).
Jackson had gone 6-IP to allow 4-R/4-ER on 5-H & 3-W with 3-K.
Josh Hamilton had given Texas a 2-0/T-1st lead when he took Jackson deep to
the LCField visitors bullpen for a 2rHR (#1). Ian Kinsler doubled that margin with a
2rHR (#2) to the LField corner of the Tiger bullpen in the T-3rd.
Polanco went 3-for-4, Cabrera 2-for-3 (.520-BA) and Inge 2-for-4 to combine for
seven of Detroit's nine basehits.
No Ranger had multiple safeties.
Going back to 2007 the Tigers have won eight straight from Texas at Comerica
TEX 4-5-1, 3-LOB (L) Wilson, 0-1
DET 6-9-0, 6-LOB (W) Lyon, 1-1; (S) Rodney, #2
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "We've still got some bridging to do with our bullpen, but
they have been tremendous in the last two days when we've needed them. That's their
job -- don't let teams add on runs, so our offense has a chance at the end."
TIGERS 3BMAN BRANDON INGE: "Millwood was doing a great job of shutting us down,
so we were glad to get to their bullpen. Our pitchers kept us in the game against
some massive hitters, which is the key, because we've got a great offense...I'd been
pulling away from Millwood's cutter, so I wanted to stay on the plate (against Wilson)
and hit something hard to right. I wasn't thinking about a homer, but I'll take it."
TIGERS LFIELDER CARLOS GUILLEN: "No one wants to face Cabrera the way he is
hitting right now. I'd walk him to pitch to me, but I had a good at-bat and got a good
swing on a slider."
TIGERS SP EDWIN JACKSON: "I made the two mistakes and got us in a hole, and then
it was a matter of damage control. I know how good our offense is, so I just wanted
to keep it close."
RANGERS SP KEVIN MILLWOOD: "I was able to get guys out when I needed them,
but I threw too many pitches. This is frustrating, because we start with a sweep
at home and then get swept here."
RANGERS RP C.J. WILSON: "I just couldn't stop the bleeding. They got some
broken-bat hits and some solid ones, but you don't always get those breaks."
Inge had 4-HR in the first week of the season. He's never had more than 4-HR
in any of his previous eight months of April during his MLB career. Inge's 100-HR
include 56 at Comerica Park, the most CoPa career clouts by anybody.
Guillen came out of the game after re-aggrivating a right Achilles tendon injury.
Tiger lead-off man Granderson went 0-for-4 with 2-K for his first hitless game
DLed Tiger SP Jeremy Bonderman (right shoulder stiffness) is expected to have
an off-the-mound throwing session Monday.
Detroit opens a 3-game home series with the Chicago White Sox Monday,
all weekday matinees. RHP Zach Miner (1-0) of Detroit and Gavin Floyd (0-1)
of the WSox are the game one probables.
It took 14-INN for the 3A Toledo Mud Hens to suffer their first defeat of
the season, 3-2 Sunday at Indianapolis.
The Indians out-hit the Hens 12-6, but it wasn't until the B-14th that Indy
pushed across the winning run off Toledo loser Clay Rapada (0-1). Brian Bixler
hit a 1-out single and then scored all the way from first on an RBI-2B by Neil
Rapada's ERA balooned to 10.80 for the first series of the season.
Mud Hens SStop Brent Dlugach went 3-for-4 with a walk including a solo
homer (#1). However, 1Bman Mike Hessman was 0-for-6 and his average
dropped to .063 (just 1-H) with 9-K in 16-AB.
Toledo is 3-1 on the season.
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