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LATE LOSS.....LA Angels 4, TIGERS 3, T 4/21/09
Posted on: 04-21-2009

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    The Tigers scored single runs
in each of the first three innings,
but were blanked thereafter in a 4-3 loss at the LA Angels late night Tuesday.
    It was an emotional comeback for an Angels team which was coming off
a 1-5 road trip and still dealing with the death of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart
in an opening week car crash with an alleged drunk driver.  
    Armando Galarraga struggled in his third start of the season, but left the
game tied 3-all after 5-INN.
    Three Tiger relievers followed. Brandon Lyon (L, 1-2) pitched the B-8th
and gave up a 2-out RBI-2B to Gary Matthews Jr. that almost left the ballpark,
hitting the top of the CField wall to score Torii Hunter (who'd walked to open
the B-8th and moved up to 2Base on a flyball).
    Hunter had tied the game 3-all with a 2-out solo homerun (#5) to the LField
    Curtis Granderson provided most of the Detroit offense with a pair of
leadoff homeruns. Grandy started the game with a bang In the T-1st (#3) going
over Hunter's head and past the 400-foot marker in straightaway CField. In the
T-3rd Granderson (#4) went ten rows into the RField seats.
    The only other Tiger tally came on a generously-awarded 2-out RBI-1B to
Brandon Inge that scored Carlos Guillen from 3Base in the T-2nd. Inge hit a
chopper to 3Base and Chone Figgins threw wide of 1Base to try and get Inge.  
    The other Angels runs off Galarraga came in the B-2nd on an Erick Aybar
RBI-1B and in the B-3rd on a Matthews sac-fly that ended up as a double play
when Magglio Ordonez threw out Kendry Morales who tried to advance from
second to third.
    Galarraga allowed 7-H & 3-W with 4-K in his 5-IP that required an elevated
    Jared Weaver went 7-IP to allow 3-R/3-ER on 7-H & 0-W with 6-K. Jose
Arredondo worked a perfect T-8th for the win (1-0). Brian Fuentes struggled
through the T-9th before striking-out Ramon Santiago on a borderline inside
pitch to end the game and get the save (#3).  
    Guillen went 3-for-4 and Granderson 2-for-4 flor Detroit.
    Maicer Izturis, Bobby Abreau and Aybar all went 2-for-4 for the Angels.

    DET     3-8-0, 6-LOB       (L) Lyon, 1-2
    LAA      4-10-1, 8-LOB     (W) Arredondo, 1-0; (S) Fuentes, #3


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "Galarraga was out of sync early...They're an outstanding
baseball team, and there's no question they're definitely going to come out of (their
slump) because they compete too good. I would still say that they're the odds-on favorite
to win their division because they can do it a lot of different ways. And their manager's

TIGERS CFIELDER CURTIS GRANDERSON:   "Two good at-bats (his pair of homers) and two
bad ones... Just trying to get my rhythm back. It’s still not there...It’s getting there,
but it’s not 100 percent."

ANGELS RFIELDER GARY MATTHEWS JR.:   "It's obviously an emotional team right now,
and I don't know if there's a better situation to go out and have an emotional win.
It was not a bad time to do it, with us having such a tough road trip. We've got some
fire and passion and emotion right now. Hopefully we can point it all in the right direction.
...I'm not an outwardly emotional person, anyway. But there was a big crowd at home,
and we wanted to get the win really bad."


    Adam Everett was a surprise pinch-hitter for DH Jeff Larish in the T-9th.
Marcus Thames was unavailable because he'd pulled a rib cage muscle in batting
practice. Thames was 15-day DLed retroactive to Sunday (Detroit's previous game)
and UTIL Ryan Raburn was recalled from 3A Toledo. Raburn will start in the OField
for Detroit Tuesday night.
    Granderson now has 18 career MLB lead-off homers including two off Weaver.  
    Angels MGR Mike Scioscia was ejected in the T-6th for arguing balls and strikes
with HP umpire Tim Timmons.
    The Angels recalled 3Bman Brandon Wood from 3A Salt Lake.
    Tiger Prez Dave Dombrowski denied an ESPN report the Tigers had shopped around
1Bman Miguel Cabrera
    LHP Joe Saunders (2-1) lof the Angels and RHP Justin Verlander (0-2) of the Tigers
are the probables for Tuesday night's middle game of the series.  

    DLed Tigers RHP Joel Zumaya made his fourth minor league rehab appearance at
Toledo Tuesday night, working a perfect T-8th with 2-K against Indianapolis. The
Indians out-lasted the Mud Hens 13-10. Mike Hessman hit a Grand Slam (HR#3) and
Dusty Ryan a 3rHR (#1) for most of the Hens offense.
    DLed Tigers LHP Dontrelle Willis needed only 75-pitches/58-strikes to throw 7-IP
for the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers vs Clearwater. Willis allowed 4-R/2-ER on 7-H
with 2-K. Willis didn't walk anybody but took the defeat (0-1) when Lakeland was
shutout 4-0 at Marchant Stadium.     


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