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BUCS BLAST BENGALS.....Pittsburgh 9, TIGERS 3, Sa 6/13/09
Posted on: 06-13-2009

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>>caption:  LEYLAND PULLED THE
PLUG EARLY ON GALARRAGA<<

@ PITTSBURGH, PA:

    Armando Galarraga didn't last
long and Nate Robertson failed to
bail him out in a 9-3 Tiger loss at
Pittsburgh Saturday night.
    Galarraga remained winless in
nine starts since his 3-0 April. He
was yanked in the T-3rd trailing
the Pirates 4-2.
    Robertson didn't do any better,
serving up a Grand Slam to Pirates
All-Star 2Bman Freddy Sanchez
(HR#5) in the B-4th that then made the score 8-2.  
    Marcus Thames had given Detroit a 1-0/T-1st lead and added a T-3rd sac-
fly-RBI. Detroit's only other tally was a solo shot by Ryan Raburn (#4) in the
T-5th.  
    Galarraga threw 29 of his 43-pitches for strikes, but they were hitable
strikes. Pittsburgh punched-out five straight hits in their 4-R/B-2nd, starting
with a solo dinger by Adam LaRoche (#8) to lead-off the inning. Galarraga
escaped the B-2nd in part when a Placido Polanco relay throw nailed Andrew
McCutchen at the plate, although replays indicated HP umpire Mike Everitt
might have made the wrong call.
    When Galarraga got in trouble again by yielding back-to-back singles to
open the B-3rd, Detroit MGR Jim Leyland had seen enough and took out the hook.
     Galarraga (L, 3-7) has allowed 38-R on 61-H in his 45.1-IP over his last nine
starts. Galarraga is 0-7 with 2-ND and a 7.54-ERA in that span. In this game,
Galarraga gave up 8-H & 1-W while facing just 13 Bucco batters.
    Galarraga's ERA bloated to 5.56 and Robertson's to 6.52 after Saturday's
debacle.
    The final Pirate run came off rookie reliever Ryan Perry (just back from 3A
Toledo) in the B-6th.             
    Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke gained the win (7-4) by scattering 6-H & 1-W
with 3-K, yielding all 3-R/3-ER. Duke threw 68 of his 106-pitches for strikes.
    Adam LaRoche and Jack Wilson led the Pirate hit parade by both going 3-for-4.
    Raburn went 2-for-3 with 1-W in the lead-off spot as the only Tiger with
multiple hits.

      DET       3-7-0, 5-LOB      (W) Duke, 7-4
      PITT      9-16-0, 5-LOB     (L) Galarraga, 3-7

QUOTEBOOK...    

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "We just didn't pitch well...When you're trying to
throw here and it goes there, and when you try to throw there and it goes
here, that's not good."

TIGERS SP ARMANDO GALARRAGA:   "My sinker was bad, my slider, too. I felt like
when I made a good pitch, they hit it anyway. My command was really bad...
Everything's bad. No location. Nothing."

TIGERS RP NATE ROBERTSON:   "I tried to go away (on Sanchez' G-Slam), and it
cut in. I don't know if the ball had a scuff on it, but it cut back over the plate."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:   "We all know (Galarraga) can pitch well. It's just when
you lose that confidence, it's hard to get it back...he's trying too hard."

PIRATES 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ:   "(Robertson) was throwing a lot of changeups, a
lot of good changeups. I was just looking to get a ball up -- not trying to hit a
home run or anything. I was just trying to hit the ball hard...Offensively, we've
been up and down this year and hopefully we can get some consistency going."

PIRATES SP ZACH DUKE:   "I'll tell you what, they swung the bat really well tonight.
The way we were able to put pressure on Galarraga when he was struggling to find
the zone a little bit, that was huge for us and it really set the tone there early."

EXTRA INNINGS:

    With Raburn playing in CField against a LHP, Curtis Granderson sat for the first
time this season. 3Bman Brandon Inge (0-for-3 with 1-K and 2-K Saturday) is the
only Tiger to play in all 62 games this year.  
    Sanchez' G-Slam was the second of his MLB career.
    Pittsburgh is 19-0 when scoring seven or more runs this season. It's not
amazing that they're undefeated in such games, but is is surprising that a
Pirates club that is next-to-last in the NL in homeruns has scored that many
runs in so many games. Pittsburgh's two homeruns Saturday night gave them
just 18 at home this year and only 36 overall. (NL leader Philadelphia has 86.)
Saturday was Pittsburgh's first multi-homer game since May 25th vs the Chicago
Cubs.  
    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of their first World Series Championship
in 1909 (4 games to 3 over the Ty Cobb-led Tigers), the Pirates honored 13
living members of their three W-Series winning clubs in 1960, 1971 and 1979
including onetime Pirates and Tigers reliever Elroy Face.
    Sunday afternoon's rubber game of the series has Pirates RHP Ross Ohlendorf
(5-5) and Tigers LHP Dontrelle Willis (1-3) listed as probable pitchers.

COACH KURT

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