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TIGS OUTLAST MARINERS.....TIGERS 9, Seattle 7, T 7/21/09
Posted on: 07-21-2009

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>>caption:  ORDONEZ (#30) GETS


    The Tigers took an 8-1/B-2nd
lead and then had to hang on for
a 9-7 win over Seattle in Tuesday
night's opening of a 3-game series
and a 7-game homestand.
    Entering the evening the Mariners
led the American League in ERA and
fewest basehits with Detroit second in both categories.
    So, naturally, the two teams combined for 16-R, 24-H and 7-HR.
    The Tigers snapped a 3-game losing skid, but won at home for the 13th time
in their last 15 at Comerica Park. The Mariners had their 3-game win streak stopped.
    Stale from not pitching in 15-days, 20-year old Tiger rookie Rick Porcello gave
up 5-R/5-ER on 9-H & 1-W including 2-HR with 4-K while going the minimum 5-IP
to qualify for the victory (9-6).
    M's starter Garrett Olson only recorded 4-outs to 12 batters faced in his
abbreviated outing. Olson was tagged for 7-R/7-ER on 5-H & 3-W with 2-HR to
take the defeat (3-4) and remain winless in his brief career vs the Tigs (0-2).
    Detroit employed five relievers and Seattle four.
    Magglio Ordonez capped a 5-R/B-1st off Olson by hitting a 2-2 pitch, a flat 79-mph
curveball into the LField seats for a Grand Slam. Maggs' 5th homerun of the season
was his 7th career G-Slam.  
    Placido Polanco had an RBI-2B and a solo homer (#7), Miguel Cabrera was 3-for-3
with 2-W, a double and a solo homerun (#19) and Ryan Raburn clubbed a 2r3B off the
out-of-town scoreboard in RCField.
    Raburn's 3-bagger knocked Mariners CFielder Franklin Gutierrez out of the game
with left shoulder and knee contusions after Gutierrez crashed the wall in a near-
spectacular catch attempt.
    Gutierrez' replacement Wladimir Balentien hit the longest homerun of the seven
sent out of the yard Tuesday. Balentien went 2-for-3 with a W, RBI-1B and 407-foot
solo shot to the LField seats that provided the final run of the ballgame with 1-out
in the T-7th.
    Former Tiger Jack Hannahan came into the game batting only .182 on the season
and was hitting just .071 in July when he launched a pair of Seattle solo homeruns
(#2 & #3) to RField.
    The other M's homer belonged to Ryan Langerhans, a 2rHR to the LCField seats
in the T-5th to the next-to-last batter Porcello faced. Langerhans' homerun was his
first in a Mariners uniform after hitting three earlier this year for the Washington
    A hit batter, INF-1B and groundout by Ken Griffey Jr. off Tiger closer Fernando
Rodney put the potential tying runs in scoring position in the T-9th. Rodney then
got a strikeout of Balentien and a flyball just a stride shy of the RField warning
track by Langerhans to end the game for the save (#20).
    Curtis Granderson and Polanco were both 2-for-5 and every Tiger who batted
reached base except #9 hitter Adam Everett. Seven Tigers had safeties and while
Marcus Thames didn't have a hit, he did walk walk twice, score once and sent two
flyballs to the LField warning track.
    Jose Lopez went 3-for-5 to top four Mariners with multiple hits.
    The Detroit lead in the AL-Central had shrunk to just a single game over second
place Chicago, but is now back to two full games after Tampa Bay rallied from behind
in the T-9th to edge the White Sox 3-2 on the South Side Tuesday night. Third place
Minnesota stayed two and a half games behind by posting a 3-2, 10-INN win at Oakland
late night Tuesday.
      SEA     7-13-0, 8-LOB      (L) Olson, 3-4
      DET     9-11-0, 7-LOB     (W) Porcello, 9-6; (S) Rodney, #20


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "You always talk about being aggressive, but don't
swing at bad pitches. And we did that tonight. I was very impressed with our
offense tonight...Magglio had a big night...Those are the toughest kind of games
to manage...This one looked like it had disaster written all over it...As a manager,
you're helpless. Five of their catchup runs were home runs. You can't plan for that
as a manager, and that's what's frustrating...I wasn't feeling too good when they
got those two on (in the T-9th), but we came out of it with a win, so it turned
out OK."

TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA:   "We had a tough trip to New York, but we got things
going tonight. All we can do in games like that is keep trying to score runs...Magglio
was very, very good. He looked aggressive and was swinging at good pitches...I am
happy for him."

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:   "The win is the most important thing. You like to be
dominant every start, but that's not realistic. Against certain guys, I felt sharp.
Other guys, I left the ball up and gave up hits. Physically, I feel great. Mentally, I'm
learning things. I want to be better, and I know I will be."

MARINERS SP GARRETT OLSON:   "When you make bad pitches like I did tonight, you
are going to pay big time. My fastball was up, so I couldn't get ahead of hitters, and I
didn't make pitches...Against any lineup, that doesn't cut it."


    Ordonez' last Grand Slam was against Detroit when he played for the White Sox
back on 7/2/2002 in Chicago.
    A triple shy of the cycle, Cabrera extended is hitting streak to a new career-best
16 consecutive games.
    Porcello's win was his first in over a month (June 18th at St. Louis) with two
defeats and one no-decision in between.
    X-rays on Gutierrez' left elbow were negative. He's listed as day-to-day.
    After getting double checked for soreness in his right shoulder, the reason he's
spent most of bthe year on the disabled list, Tiger LF/DH Carlos Guillen was cleared
by team doctors to upgrade his minor league injury rehab assignment from the
Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers (3-for-12, .250-BA in five games) to the 3A Toledo
Mud Hens.
    DLed Tigers LHP Nate obertsion has been long-tossing without pain after left
elbow surgery. He hopes to work off the mound and begin a minor league rehab
assignment soon.
    DLed Tigers RHP Jeremy Bonderman (right shoulder injury) threw off the mound
for 5-mins Tuesday for the first time since June 9th.
    Detroit has not announced a starter for the second half of Friday's day-night
doubleheader with the White Sox. The Tigers will call up a pitcher from the minors
between games for that assignment and speculation centers around Toledo RHPs
Eddie Bonine and Chris Lambert, who have both had prior Tiger trials.
    The Tigers have announced the signing of 2009 fifth round draft choice LHP
Austin Wood from the Texas Longhorns. Detroit has now inked 20 of its 50 draft
    Probables for the middle game of the series Wednesday night are Armando
Galarraga (5-8) of Detroit and Felix Hernandez (10-3) of Seattle.


    The Syracuse Chiefs edged the Mud Hens 6-5 Tuesday night in Toledo. Recently
signed free agent reliever Kris Regas took the loss (0-1) by allowing 2-R/2-ER in
the T-7th, his only inning of work. Mike Hessman & Jeff Frazier both went 3-for-4
for the Hens with Frazier hitting a 2rHR (#4).
    Double-A Erie Seawolves 3Bman Santo DeLeon and Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps
OF Ben Guez were named Eastern and Midwest League "Player-of-the-Week" respectively
for the period of July 13th--19th. DeLeon went 8-for-19 for a .421-BA during the week
with 3-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR & 5-RBI. Guez was 11-for-25 for a .440-BA with 2-2B, 2-HR & 6-RBI.  




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