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GOOD GAME FOR GRANNY.....TIGERS 14, Oakland 1, F 5/15/09
Posted on: 05-15-2009

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>>caption:  A GRAND TROT FOR
RYAN RABURN<<

@ COMERICA PARK:

    A pair of rain delays didn't
put a damper on Detroit's
hitting or the continued steady
pitching of starter Edwin
Jackson.
    For just the third time in
team history the Tigers hit two
Grand Slams in the same game
in a 14-1 rout of the Oakland A's
Friday night.
    Ryan Raburn clubbed a G-Slam
(HR#1) just into the LField bullpen in a 5-R/B-1st that started the romp.
Brandon Inge added another Granny (HR#10) on a 427-foot shot to the
CField greenery in the B-6th. Both Grand Slams came with 2-outs. Raburn
and Inge both finished with 5-RBI in the game.
    Jackson managed to scatter 6-H with no walks and 6-K over his 7-IP to
get the win (3-2) and lower his ERA to 2.42, now second-best in the American
League. The only run off Jackson was a 2-out RBI-1B by Oakland's Adam Kennedy
in the T-4th.
    Pity poor Brett Anderson (L, 0-4), who wasn't even the originally scheduled A's
starter. Anderson went 3.1-IP to allow 9-R/3-ER because the Oakland defense
committed four errors, one by each of the infielders.
    Magglio Ordonez was 3-for-3, Miguel Cabrera 3-for-4 and Clete Thomas 3-for-5.
Each hit a double. Maggs had 2-R & 2-RBI, Cabrera and Thomas both scored 4-R
and Cabrera had an RBI.
    Ryan Perry and Luke French (in his MLB debut) each pitched a scoreless
relief inning to wrap up Detroit's win.
    The start of the contest was delayed 1:01 by rainfall and another heavy
shower caused a 1:13 delay after four completed innings (at the time, a half
inning shy of an official game).
    The victory snapped a 3-game Tiger losing skid and kept the Tigs atop the
crowded AL-Central standings at 18-16.
    Hardly any of the announced crowd of 26,770 was left at the end of the game
to be disappointed at cancellation of "Friday Night Fireworks" due to the wet
weather.

      OAK      1-7-4, 6-LOB       (L) Anderson, 0-4
      DET     14-13-0, 5-LOB     (W) Jackson, 3-2

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "This was a tough night for everybody (because of the
weather)...We kept (Jackson) warmin' up in the tunnel (during the in-game rain delay)
...I think (Ordonez is) really, really close (to snapping his slump)...I'm really happy for
Raburn. He's been struggling (at the plate)."

TIGERS SP EDWIN JACKSON:   "When they decided to let me go back out, it was a great
feeling...When you score runs like that you don't want to give anything back...I just
put it in my mind to keep tightening the strike zone...attacking the strike zone."

TIGERS RF RYAN RABURN:   "It felt great...It's a great hitting club, you can't keep us
down for long...Anytime you can put up big numbers like that, hit a couple of Grand
Slams, it's a great feeling."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:   "I didn't expect to go out there (on a G-Slam to CField),
especially with the way the wind was blowin...It's more important to get the win...
Comin' out strong early was key. Havin' Edwin on the mound, you're gonna have a
chance."

TIGERS LF CLETE THOMAS:   "It was great, everybody swingin' the bats good...It
was fun...We just got our pitches, didn't miss 'em, we were pretty selective at the
plate."

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Jackson's win was his first at home as a Tiger.
    Raburn now has two career MLB G-Slams and Inge has four.
   The Tigers hit two Grand Slams in the saame game in 1954 and 1968. The last
time it happened on 6/24/1968 at Cleveland, Jim Northrup had both the G-Slams.
    The middle game of the weekend series Saturday night has Rick Porcello
(3-3) of Detroit and Dallas Braden (3-4) of Oakland listed as probable pitchers.

FARM REPORT:

     Mud Hen pitching shutout Paw Sox hitting for a third consecutive game when
the Hens beat Pawtucket 6-0 Friday night in Toledo.
    On an injury rehab start, Boston Red Sox ace Daisuke Matsuzaka struck-out
nine Hens in his 5-IP (70-pitches/48-strikes), but took the loss by allowing a pair
of B-1st runs on an RBI-3B by Jeff Frazier and then Frazier scored on a Don Kelly
RBI-1B. Pawtucket reliever Chris George allowed the other 4-R including a 2rHR
bomb to the LCField concourse by Mike Hessman in a 3-R/B-8th.
    Ruddy Lugo (W, 3-3) went 7-IP and Casey Fien (S, #3) the last 2-IP for a combined
5-H whitewash.

COACH KURT

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