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THOMAS TOPS SCOTT IN HOMERUN DERBY.....TIGERS 6, Baltimore 3, Sa 5/30/09
Posted on: 05-30-2009

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>>caption:  THOMAS THUMPED THE
TIGERS PAST THE ORIOLES<<

@ BALTIMORE, MD:

    Luke Scott of the 's O's homered
for the 10th time in his last 10 games
vs Detroit and for the sixth time in
his last four games since coming
off the disabled list Saturday night.
However, this time he was trumped
by Clete Thomas of the Tigers, who
doubled his big league dinger count
in a 6-3 Tiger win at Crabtown.  
    Baltimore rallied from an 0-3 defecit
to tie the game against Detroit ace
Justin Verlander. However, Thomas' second solo homer of the game put the
Tigers ahead to stay in the T-7th.
    Thomas entered the game with just two MLB homeruns in 191-ABs over
the last two seasons and only one homer this year since recall from 3A Toledo.
Thomas homered to CField (#2) in the T-3rd and again to LCField (#3) in the
T-7th. Thomas also added an RBI-2B to RField to cap a 2-R/T-8th that concluded
the night's scoring and made Verlander a winner.
    Curtis Granderson started the night's activity with a solo homerun (#12) to
RField in the T-2nd.
    Scott's 2rHR (#11) to RField in the B-6th briefly deadlocked the contest at 3-3.
    Verlander (W, 6-2) earned his fifth win in May and sixth straight decision by
going 6-IP to scatter 9-H & 1-W with 5-K on an elevated 112-pitches/80-strikes.
Fourth Tiger reliever Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless B-9th for his 9th save
in nine attempts this year.
    First Birds reliever Matt Alberts served up Thomas' second homerun and allowed
3-R/2-ER in his 1.1-IP to take the defeat (0-2).
    Thomas and Magglio Ordonez both went 3-for-5 for Detroit with Brandon Inge and
Ryan Raburn each going 2-for-4 and Granderson 2-for-5 .
    Matt Wieters and Caesar Izturis were both 2-for-4 (Wieters stroking a lead-off
triple in the B-5th for his first MLB hit) and Nick Markakis 2-for-5 for Baltimore.  
    The result ended Baltimore's season's-best five game winning streak and ended a
two game Detroit losing skid.
     
      DET       6-12-0, 8-LOB     (W) Verlander, 6-2; (S) Rodney, #9
      BALT     3-11-1, 9-LOB     (L) Albers, 0-2

QUOTEBOOK...

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "In batting practice, (Thomas) hits them as far as anybody
and as hard. It's a matter of time, playing and more experience. He'll hit some home
runs as long as he's not trying to -- and you know he's not trying to because he hit
them both to the opposite field ...As long as he doesn't start getting home run conscious,
he'll be fine."

TIGERS RF CLETE THOMAS:   "“I don’t think I’ve ever done it (hit 2-HR) in professional ball.
It’s there. It’s just a matter of getting it to show up. It showed up tonight...Luke Scott is
amazing. He ties it up and I end up hitting another one to give Justin the win. That made it
even more special.”

TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER:   "“I just gave (Scott) a big hard high five. Obviously that
was the pivotal point in the game...It wasn’t easy for me out there tonight, but my guys
picked me up.”

ORIOLES DH LUKE SCOTT:   "The pitch I hit was a fastball, right down the middle. It was
probably the only mistake pitch I had all night.”

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
    Inge's T-4th single ended an 0-for-13 plate slump.
    Wieters, who went hitless in his MLB debut Friday night, had a triple and double
with 1-R in his second big league contest Saturday.
    Scott became the first Oriole since Miguel Tejada in 2005 and the 15th in O's
history to homer in four consecutive games.  
    Sunday afternoon's final game of the series sends RHPs Jason Berken (1-0) of
Baltimore vs Edwin Jackson (4-3) of Detroit.

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