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>>caption: JACKSON TAMED THE
TRIBE FOR A SECOND TIME IN '09<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
The Tigers topped the Indians
5-1 Friday night for their third
straight win on the homestand and
their sixth in a row vs Cleveland.
Both starting pitchers went 7-IP.
Detroit All-Star RHP Edwin Jackson
earned the win (7-4) and Tribe LHP
Cliff Lee took the defeat (4-9).
Jackson didn't allow a basehit until
there were 2-out in the T-4th and the
only run he yielded was a Ryan Garko
lead-off homerun (#9) to the LField
seats in the T-5th. Second in the AL in ERA at 2.52, Jackson had taken seven
no-decisions in his 17 previous starts this year, but gained his first win in over
a month (June 6th in a 2-1 CG victory vs the LA Angels of Anaheim). In between
Jackson went 0-1 with 4-ND. Friday he kept the enemy to 3-R or less for the 16th
time in his 18 starts. Jackson gave up 4-H & 2-W with 4-K. He threw 110-pitches/
Lee was the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner and hasn't pitched all that
poorly this year. His ERA is a respectable 3.47. Friday night Lee struck-out
eight Tigers and didn't allow a hit after the B-2nd. However, as has been the
case most of this season, the Indians gave Lee little offensive support and he
remained winless since June 14th even though he threw 85 of his 122-pitches
Detroit bunched four of their five safeties off Lee in a 3-R/B-2nd. Newly
elected All-Star Brandon Inge led-off that frame with a single and Magglio
Ordonez also singled. Gerald Laird shanked an RBI-2B into the RField corner
past a diving Garko. After Adam Everett fanned for the first out of the inning,
Josh Anderson (the only LHand hitter in the starting line-up vs southpaw Lee)
then sent a 2r1B to CField for a 3-0 Tiger lead.
The Tigers added a pair of welcome insurance runs in the T-8th off
Tribe reliever Joe Smith when Marcus Thames clubbed a 2rHR (#9) off the
top of the bullpen dugout, a ball that traveled 386-feet and then bounced
back about halfway toward the infield.
Flamethrower Joel Zumaya replaced Jackson to start the T-8th, threw
two pitches (both balls) and exited the contest with a cut at the top of his
right thumb. The Indians threatened to tie the game 3-all when two walks
and a wild pitch put runners at second & third, but Detroit reliever Bobby
Seay ended the 1-out threat with a strikeout of Shin-Soo Choo and a
flyball to LField by Travis Hafner.
Tiger closer Fernando Rodney pitched the T-9th for a fourth consecutive
game (over a 5-day span), this time in a non-save situation. The Indians loaded
the bases on an error and two walks before Rodney got Grady Sizemore to
groundout into a force play to Inge at 3Base to end the game.
No batters in the ballgame had multiple hits.
The Tigers are now 47-38. When the third place Twins beat the second place
White Sox in Minnesota Friday night, it dropped Chicago to 3.5 games behind
the AL-Central leading Tigers and Minny remained four games back. Now at
34-53 the last place Indians trail Detroit by 14 full games in the standings.
CLE 1-4-0, 10-LOB (L) Lee, 4-9
DET 5-7-1, 5-LOB (W) Jackson, 7-4
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "(Jackson) was tremendous. That's a pretty good
showing to do what he did tonight...It was a great job by him because Cleveland
has some tremendous left-handed hitters in their lineup. I think he was a little
spent when (the T-7th) ended, but what he gave us was a great chance to win
TIGERS SP EDWIN JACKSON: "It's a bonus for me to get the win, but it's more
important for the team to get a win. As long as the team wins, I'll take a no-decision
any day over a loss...I felt like I made good pitches...I just wanted to be aggressive
and make them put the ball in play...Strikeouts will come, but you want quick outs
all the time. You have to pitch to contact."
TIGERS CF CURTIS GRANDERSON: ""(Jackson) has great poise and velocity. He has
done a great job all year of giving our bullpen a breather."
INDIANS SP CLIFF LEE: "I can only control what I can control. I can't score runs
for us, which has been a problem for us all season."
INDIANS MGR ERIC WEDGE: "I was disappointed we couldn't get any runs for him.
But he pitched like the No. 1 he is. He does everything he can do to win games
for us...Their guy, Jackson, he really does a good job of going out there and pitching.
He goes out there and makes pitches. He's always had great stuff...he was tough on
Jackson is 2-0 with just 1-ER in 14-IP vs the Indians this season. Jackson
is now 3-1 vs Cleveland in his MLB career.
Seay registered his MLB-leading 19th hold.
Lee, who went 22-3 in his '08 Cy Young season, dropped to 0-3 vs Detroit this
year and 5-9 in his career.
Inge has agreed to take part in Monday's Home Run Derby at the All-Star
festivities in St. Louis.
Anderson came out of the game after 5-INN because he had swelling from a
right triceps contusion after being HBP by Lee in the B-5th. He's listed as day-to-day.
Garko and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera each extended their hitting streaks to 10
The CoPa crowd for the series opener was 35,592.
DLed Tigers LFielder Carlos Guillen (right shoulder) took part in a simulated
game tossed by Tiger rookie Rick Porcello Friday afternoon at Comerica Park. If
Guillen does not develop soreness Saturday he could start a minor league injury
rehab assignment this weekend.
The Tigers agreed to terms Friday with 2009 29th-Rd draft pick RHP Mike
Morrison from Cal State-Fullerton and six undrafted free agents including Michigan
State RHP Nolan Moody.
Saturday night's middle game of the series has Tiger Armando Galarraga (5-7)
and Tribester Carl Pavano (7-7) listed as probable pitchers.
The 3A Mud Hens doubled-up the Indianapolis Indians 4-2 in Toledo Friday
Hens LFielder Wilkin Ramirez went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Demoted by Detroit
Thursday, Don Kelly was 1-for-4 with a triple and RBI.
Chris Lambert threw 96-pitches/59-strikes in his 6-IP to get the win. Although
he allowed both Indy runs, Ryan Perry tossed the last 2-IP for the save (#3).
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