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SUNDAY SWEEP.....TIGERS 11, Oakland 7, S 5/17/09
Posted on: 05-17-2009

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    It looked like a loser early,
but the Tigers overcame an early
6-0 defecit to defeat Oakland 11-7
Sunday afternoon to complete a
3-game weekend series sweep over
the A's.
    Ramon Santiago fell a double
shy of the cycle with a career-
high 4-H plus 4-RBIs and Zach Miner
(W, 3-1) bailed-out a horrible start
by Armando Galarraga.
    Detroit remained perfect on weekends, 12-0 on Saturdays and Sundays
(six each) this season.
    The A's jumped all over Galarraga, who failed to survive the T-1st.
Galarraga continued to have trouble with his trademark slider and was
tagged for 5-R/5-ER on 4-H & 3-W on 41-pitches/23-strikes in just 0.2-IP.
    Galarraga began the season 3-0 allowing only a combined 5-ER in his first
four starts. In his last four outings, Galarraga has yielded 21-R/21-ER in 17.1-IP.
    The second batter of the game was Adam Kennedy who opened the scoring
with a towering solo homerun (#1) that dropped down just over the RField
wall and into the camera well just inside the foul pole. Ryan Sweeney soon
followed with a bases-loaded sac-fly and when the A's loaded the bases again
Landon Powell cleared them with a 3r2B.
    After ex-Tiger Jack Hannahan walked behind Powell, Miner replaced
Galarraga and Miner entered to end the inning with a strikeout of Orlando
Cabrera (who made two of the three outs in the T-1st). Sweeney sliced a 2-out
RBI-1B off Miner in the T-2nd to make it 6-0.
    Next it was Detroit's turn to batter a starter off the hill, sending prized
rookie Trevor Cahill (L, 2-3) to the showers with 7-R/7-ER when the Tigers
scored 4-R in both the B-2nd and B-3rd.
    Santiago started the Tiger comeback with his 2-out RBI-3B to the RCField gap.
Detroit scored three more in the B-2nd on an Adam Everett RBI-1B and a 2r3B to
the RField corner by Josh Anderson.
    Three straight 1-out hits including an RBI-1B by Gerald Laird chased Cahill in
the B-3rd. Reliever Santiago Casilla entered and promptly served up a 375-foot
3rHR to Ramon Santiago (#3) to make it 8-6 Detroit. Santiago's dinger went to the
RCField cutout and was caught by a front row fan who slightly leaned over the rail.
    Orlando Cabrera skied a solo homer (#1) to the LField bullpen off Miner in the T-5th
to conclude Oakland's scoring, getting the A's within 8-7.
    The Tigers re-established a comfortable lead at 11-7 on a Curtis Granderson
3rHR (#10) some 381-feet atop the Belle Tire tarp covering the back of the RField
tunnel. Grandy's round-tripper came off third A's pitcher Russ Springer.    
    Luke French (1-IP), Ryan Perry (1-IP) and Fernando Rodney (1-IP) combined for
four scoreless relief innings to finish out the game for Detroit.
    Santiago went 4-for-4 with 3-R, Everett 3-for-3 with 2-R and Jeff Larish 2-for-3
with 2-R for the Tigers.
    Slumping Matt Holliday was 4-for-4 with a W and Kennedy 3-for-4 for Oakland.
    Detroit out-scored Oakland 34-9 in the series. The 4-R in the B-2nd gave the
Tigers 17 2-out runs in the weekend series.
    After getting swept at Minnesota to end their rain-shortened 7-game road
trip, Detroit began their 9-game homestand with a 3-game sweep of the A's to
go to 20-16 and match their season-high of four games over the .500-mark. The
Tigers remained a full game ahead of second place Kansas City in the AL-Central.  
      OAK      7-12-1, 11-LOB      (L) Cahill, 2-3
      DET     11-13-0, 8-LOB      (W) Miner, 3-1


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "When you win the first two from a team and you've got
a day game after a night game, and you get behind 6-0 early, that's a pretty good
compliment to come back. I told them last night, 'You have to have a little mean
streak in you if you want to be good, and I thought [that] came out today...(Santiago)
got some awful big hits...I won’t say that it isn’t a concern, but Armando is a fine
major league pitcher. I wish I knew what was wrong, but he’ll be fine.”

TIGERS RP ZACH MINER:   "This is the complete opposite end of the spectrum from
Minnesota. We blew those two games in Minnesota, and I had a big hand in both of
them, so it was huge to help us come from behind this time...Armando had a rough
day and I just knew I needed to keep us in the game. That’s all I was focused on.”

TIGERS INF RAMON SANTIAGO:   "Everybody started to fight every at-bat. When you
work a pitcher for 10 pitches, they can be the stronger guy, but they get tired.
Sometimes they leave the ball up later. He had a good sinker, so he was getting up a
little bit. And that makes a difference with the next guy...The main thing is to win the
game (rather than try for the cycle)."

A's MGR BOB GAREN:   "“I just talked to everyone as a group, and told them that I thought
the effort was outstanding this weekend. We just need to write this off as a bad series,
get out of town and start fresh in Tampa.”


    Brandon Inge entered as a defensive replacement for Larish in the T-7th to keep
Inge's streak going of appearing in all 36 Tiger games this year.
    Both A's relievers who entered in mid-inning, Casilla and Springer, served up a
3rHR on the second pitch they threw to the first hitter they faced (Santiago and
    Tiger LHP Bobby Seay was unavailable out of the bullpen due to tightness in
his back.
    After Sunday's game the Tigers placed RF/DH Magglio Ordonez on the bereavement
list so he may attyend to his wife who will undergo unspecified surgery. Ordonez is
expected to rejoin the team Thursday or Friday. Detroit is expected to make a roster
move Tuesday to temporarily fill Ordonez' spot.
    After his win for the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps Saturday night, DLed Tiger
RHP Jeremy Bonderman was promoted to Triple-A Toledo and will start for the Mud Hens
Thursday at the Gwinnett County Braves.
    The Tiger 9-game homestand continues Tuesday night when a 3-game series starts
vs AL-West leading Texas. Tiger probables are Dontrelle Willis (ND), Justin Verlander
(3-2) and Edwin Jackson (3-2). The Rangers are scheduled to counter with Brandon
McCarthy (3-1), Matt Harrison (4-2) and Kevin Millwood (4-3).


    The Mud Hens lost for the second straight day at Charlotte, 5-2 Sunday. Wilkin
Ramirez went 3-for-3 with a solo homerun (#5) for Toledo.



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