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Posted on: 06-16-2009

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>>caption:  TOUGH TO WATCH<<


    Not even ace Justin Verlander
could halt the parade of pathetic
pitching performances by Tiger
    Verlander yielded 5-R in 4-IP
and the Cardinals went on to rout Detroit 11-2 in the opener of a 3-game
St. Louis interleague series.
    Verlander's first loss since April 17th ended a personal 7-game winning
streak and followed horrid starts by Armando Galarraga and Dontrelle Willis
in Saturday night and Sunday afternoon defeats at Pittsburgh. (Monday was
an off-day for Detroit.)
    A nine pitch at-bat by Yadier Molina began the game's scoring in the B-1st
and ruined Verlander. Molina hit a 2-2 pitch softly down the RField line for a
bases-loaded 2r1B . Verlander lost his concentration and then balked Chris
Duncan home from third, moving Molina to second where he'd score on a Joe
Thurston double to cap a 4-R/B-1st. All the scoring came with 2-out in a frame
where JV had to throw 34 pitches and he never recovered.  
    After opposing pitcher Adam Wainwright doubled in the B-4th, he came home
on a Skip Schumaker RBI-1B to complete the scoring off Verlander.
    St. Louis was far from finished, however.
    Nate Robertson relieved in the B-5th to allow two singles and two walks, the
second free pass to Thurston forcing in Duncan with a run. Although he needed
innings from a long reliever to try and save his overworked bullpen, disgusted
Tiger MGR Jim Leyland gave Robertson a quick hook. Robertson would be charged
with three more runs when rookie Ryan Perry allowed all three inherited runners
to score on a double by Brendan Ryan that made it 9-0.
    Perry didn't depart without damaging his own ERA. Perry served up back-to-back
solo homeruns to Albert Pujols (#23) and Duncan (#5) to start the B-6th and put the
score at 11-1. Pujols' blast almost reached the LField third deck before disappearing
over the lower wall at Busch Stadium III. The 446-foot shot was the longest homerun
in St. Looie this season and was just four feet shy of the four year old stadium's
record of 450-feet by former Toledo Mud Hen Ryan Ludwick on 7/22/2008 vs Milwaukee.
    Detroit got a lead-off triple by Don Kelly and loaded the bases in the T-1st, but
couldn't score against Wainwright to set the tone for the evening. Detroit's only
tallies were via solo homeruns by Brandon Inge (#15) in the T-6th to RCField off
Wainwright and by Miguel Cabrera (#12) over the LField bullpen off Cards reliever
P.J. Walters in the B-8th.
    Verlander (L, 7-3) threw 73-pitches/47-strikes in his shortest outing since an
Opening Day loss at Toronto.
     Wainwright (W,7-4) breezed through 7-IP on an even 100-pitches/65-strikes
to scatter 6-H & 2-W with 5-K for 1-R/1-ER.
    Although it didn't really impact the scoring, the Tigers compounded their poor
pitching and lack of offense by commiting three errors in the field.
    Schumaker and Duncan were both 3-for-5 and Molina 2-for-3 at the plate for
the Cardinals.
    At 2-for-3, Cabrera was the only Tiger with multiple hits.
    The Cards had scored three or fewer runs in 10 lof their previous 15 games.
    While the Tigers lost their third in a row and fourth in the last five, St. Louis
won for just the fourth time in their last 11 games.

      DET     2-8-3, 9-LOB         (L) Verlander, 7-3
      StL     11-14-1, 5-LOB     (W) Wainwright, 7-4


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "Justin really didn't have it...He didn't have command
of his fastball...From the get-go, he did not have it, and that's allowed to happen.
We have some major issues, and he's not one of them...The add-on runs were

TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER:   ""They were extremely aggressive, and by the time
I realized it, it was too late...I was exhausted and had never been like that. By the
end of the first inning, I was gassed and couldn't get my legs underneath me. It was
fatigue, I guess...It was a wierd feeling."

CARDS SP ADAM WAINWRIGHT:   "For whatever reason, at no point at time did I feel
like they were going to score. I was very confident I was going to make pitches and
get out of (the T-1st jam), and it turned out good."

CARDS LF CHRIS DUNCAN:   "Comin' in we were confident, had really good at bats
and ended up having a good game."


    Pujols' 23 homers leads the majors and was his fifth in five games. His first
two times up Pujols was issued his MLB-leading 19th & 20th intentional walks of
the season.
    The last time the Tigers played at St. Louis Wainwright got the last out as Cards
closer to clinch the 2006 World Series in Gm-5.
    When Gerald Laird moved from catcher to 1Base in the B-8th he made
his big league debut at the first sacker position.
     Verlander dipped to 2-1 lifetime in regular season play vs St. Louis. Tuesday's
defeat ruined his perfect career record (8-0) in interleague action.
     Only four of Robertson's 15 pitches were strikes.
     Brandon Lyon finished up on the hill for Detroit with two scoreless innings,
the only one of the four Tiger twirlers who didn't yield a run. Lyon is unscored
upon in his last six appearances totaling 11-IP. Lyon in unscored on in nine of
his last 11 games, allowing 3-R/3-ER in 16.1-IP for a 1.68-ERA in that span.
     While not defining what Willis' future role will be, MGR Jim Leyland says
Willis will not make his next scheduled start Saturday night at home vs
Milwaukee. Willis walked a career-high eight in just 3.2-IP at Pittsburgh
    Todd Wellemeyer (5-6) of St. Louis and Edwin Jackson (6-3) of Detroit
are the probable pitchers for the middle game of the series Wednesday night.

    The Toledo Mud Hens lost a 7-3 decision at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Yankees Tuesday night.
    Ex-Tiger Brent Clevlen went 3-for-4 with a solo homerun (#6) and 2-RBI.
Hens starter Brooks Brown gave up 6-R/5-ER in 4.1-IP to fall to 0-6 with Toledo
and 5-6 on his season (after starting 5-0 with 2A Erie).
    Scranton/WB's Kei Igawa went 6.1-IP with 8-K for the win (6-1).
    At 40-25 the Yanks have the best record in the IL with a 6-game lead atop
the IL-North standings. Toledo is 28-37 and in last place in the IL-West, but are
only 6.5-games out of first place in the International League's tightest division.



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