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>>caption: LEYLAND MADE HIS
POINT AND GOT THE THUMB<<
@ MINNEAPOLIS, MN:
The Tigers went to extra
innings for the first time this
year and lost 14-10 in 13-INN
at Minnesota Wednesday night.
Tiger Killer Joe Crede
capped a 5-R/B-13th for the
Twins by blasting a 1-2 pitch,
a hanging curveball from
Brandon Lyon (L, 1-3), deep
into the LField seats for a
walkoff Grand Slam.
Crede's 5th homerun of the year was his second in as many nights against
Detroit and his 24th career homer against Tiger pitching.
Just looking at the final score one might conclude, "Oh well, it was
because of Dontrelle."
Actually, Wild Willis was one of the more effective Detroit pitchers
in spite of a rocky start.
LHP Dontrelle Willis yielded 4-R/4-ER in his 4.2-IP and departed trailing only
Willis walked lead-off man Denard Span in the B-1st and it looked like things
would unravel for him quickly. Although Span was out at the plate on a fielder's
choice play, Justin Morneau clobbered a 2-out, 2rHR (#9) to give the Twins a
fast 2-0 advantage.
Morneau's blow was the first of a host of homeruns in the HHH Homerdome.
Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel hit the first pitch he saw from Tiger reliever Joel
Zumaya in the B-8th for a 2rHR (#5) off the facing of the second deck to deadlock
the game 9-all and force extra innings.
Tiger homers came off the bats of Brandon Inge (2rHR, #9), Miguel Cabrera
(3rHR, #8) and Jeff Larish (solo, #4), the first two giving Detroit a pair of leads
in the T-6th & T-7th.
Detroit took its third lead at 10-9/T-13th when Curtis Granderson hit a
1-out, one-bounce triple off the RCField baggie. Then, with 2-outs, Granderson
bluffed a theft of home and caused seventh and final Minnesota pitcher Jesse
Crain (W, 2-1) to balk and Grandy was allowed to trot home.
Willis' log showed 8-H & 2-W with no strikeouts and he was assisted by a pair
of double plays, one he started when catching a liner up-the-middle. Willis threw
First Tiger reliever Zach Miner was charged with 2-R/2-ER in just 0.2-IP when
third Tiger pitcher Bobby Seay allowed inherited runners to score on a 2r3B by Span.
Seay allowed 1-R/1-ER in 1-IP when Span also scored. In the longest outing of his MLB
career, Zumaya threw 46-pitches/33-strikes in 2.2-IP and allowed 2-R/2-ER on
Kubel's dinger. Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect B-10th with 1-K. Lyon took
the loss by allowing 5-R/5-ER on 4-H & 3-W with 1-K in an extended outing of
2.2-IP and 60-pitches/35-strikes.
Detroit MGR Jim Leyland wasn't around for the finish. The Tiger skipper was
ejected in the 7th-INN in a loud dispute with HP umpire Paul Schriber. Tiger RF
Magglio Ordonez had been called out on strikes, complained about the call and
he became quite worked up when Schriber put his hand on Ordonez' shoulder to
guide Maggs back to the dugout. When the umpire touched his player, Leyland
became irate and charged out of the dugout.
Inge was 3-for-5, Granderson 3-for-6, Adam Everett 2-for-6 and Clete Thomas
2-for-7 at the plate for Detroit.
Brendan Harris was 3-for-5 and six more Twins had 2-H each.
DET 10-14-1, 8-LOB (L) Lyon, 1-3
MINN 14-17-0, 8-LOB (W) Crain, 2-1
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "Two outstanding teams go at it hard...It doesn't
get any better than that...I thought (Willis) showed pretty good composure...
He didn't seem to get rattled at all...Nobody (in the bullpen) will be available
TIGERS SP DONTRELLE WILLIS: "All in all I felt good. I really had a good time out
TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE: "We hung in there. That was a classic battle right there."
TWINS 3BMAN JOE CREDE: "You always remember those (walkoff wins)... These guys
have been great so far this year. It's going to be fun to see what this team can do."
TWINS 1BMAN JUSTIN MORNEAU: "Unbelieveable...Crede walked us off with a Grand
Slam. You don't see that too much...Willis) looked pretty good. He had good command
...He was having a bit of fun out there."
Crede's seventh career G-Slam was his sixth career walkoff homerun. Two of his
walkoff dingers have been Grannys.
The Tigers used all their position players except INF Ramon Santiago and all
their relievers except LHP Nate Robertson in the marathon game that took 4:48
RHPs Scott Baker (1-4) of Minnesota and Justin Verlander (3-2) of Detroit
are scheduled to pitch the series finale Thursday afternoon.
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