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M's WIN RUBBER.....Seattle 2, TIGERS 1, Th 7/23/09
Posted on: 07-23-2009

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    Seattle took the rubber game of their
3-game visit to Downtown Detroit by
topping the Tigers 2-1 Thursday afternoon.
    Detroit is just 1-5 since the All-Star
break and their last four defeats have all
been by 2-1 scores.
    After their latest loss the Tigers fell
into a virtual AL-Central first place tie
with Chicago when White Sox LHP Mark
Buehrle threw a perfect game home
matinee victory over Tampa Bay.
    The WSox open a 3-day, 4-game showdown series at Detroit with a Friday
day-night doubleheader.
    The anemic Tiger offense didn't get on the board Thursday until there were
2-out in the B-8th. Brandon Inge walked to open that inning off Mariners reliever
Mark Lowe. Pinch-hitters Clete Thomas and Ramon Santiago both struck-out
looking. Curtis Granderson then snapped the shutout with a triple to the RCField
gap that scored gimpy Inge all the way from first.
    The Tigers were offensively impotent the rest of the afternoon, leting another
fine pitching perflormance go to waste.
    M's starter Jarrod Washburn allowed only 2-H (singles by Placido Polanco & Inge)
and 2-W with 3-K over his 7-IP to get the win (8-6). Washburn prompted one infield
popout and a dozen lazy flyballs from Tiger batters to make it an easy afternoon.
    Sean White got the only man he faced in the B-8th when he replaced Lowe
after Granderson's three-bagger. M's closer David Aardsma then tossed a perfect
B-9th against the heart of the Detroit batting order to record the save (#24).
    Detroit starter Luke French scattered 8-H with 0-W & 6-K over his 5.1-IP, but
because he was touched-up for two runs with no offensive support he took his first
big league loss (1-1).    
   In his first appearance since recall from a short stint 3A Toledo, rookie Ryan Perry
had his best day as a Tiger by retiring all eight Seattle hitters he faced. Perry began
by escaping a 2-on, 1-out jam French had left for him. Perry finished by striking-out
the side in the T-8th.
    Detroit's Fu-Te Ni worked a perfect T-9th.
    The M's runs came in the T-1st and T-6th innings.
    Ichiro Suzuki opened the game with an INF-1B and continued on to 2Base when
3Bman Inge's throw to first was wild. Suzuki then scored to make it 1-0 on a 2-out
RBI-2B by Mike Sweeney.
    The Mariners chased French in the T-6th after Jose Lopez doubled, Sweeney singled
and Lopez scored on an RBI-G'out to SStop by Wladimir Balentien. When Ryan Langerhans
singled to put runners on first and second with 1-out, Perry replaced French. Perry got
Rob Johnson to foul-poput to Tiger catcher Dusty Ryan and to retire Jack Hannahan on
a tricky, twisting popout behind 3Base caught by Inge.
    Ichiro and Sweeney were both 2-for-4 as the only batters in the ballgame with
multiple hits.
    Tiger Miguel Cabrera walked in the B-1st, then went 0-for-3 with 1-K to end his
career-high 17 game hitting streak.
     At 49-44 the Tigers are .001 ahead of the 50-45 White Sox. The third place
Minnesota Twins were two games off the pace entering Thursday evening with a
late night game scheduled at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  
    The Mariners won for the eighth time in 10 games to improve to 51-44 and
the third place M's trailed the first place LA Angels by five games in the AL-West
standings prior to Thursday night action.
    SEA     2-8-0, 6-LOB     (W) Washburn, 8-6; (S) Aardsma, #24
    DET     1-3-1, 4-LOB      (L) French, 1-1


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   ""If you're scoring one run, you aren't going to win.
I don't care how good your pitching is. You can have three [Sandy] Koufaxes and
three [Don] Drysdales...To try to make us look like the 'Go-Go' [White] Sox [of 1959]
would be stupid...I never saw so many fly balls, one right after another, in all my life.
I couldn't believe it. It looked like [Washburn] was cutting the ball in. We were trying
to fight it and pull our hands in. We just kept popping it up, one right after another
...All our pitching has done well recently, since the break. I think everybody's done a
real good job holding the other team down. That's the part that frustrates you more
than anything. To hold teams down like we have since the break and only have one
win to show for it, that's not good."  

TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA:   "They pitched different. Usually they never throw me
changeups. They always throw me sinkers, fastballs inside, sliders away, breaking
balls away. This time, they threw me a lot of changeups. They made adjustments.
I'm a grown man. I'll take it. I have to make adjustments...0-for-3? No chance I'm
going to wear those shoes tomorrow. New ones. New pants, too. New everything."

MARINERS SP JARROD WASHBURN:   "It's an aggressive hitting team and a good
fastball-hitting team, but I had my fastball working...I mixed in a sinker, a change,
some curves...I felt great. I had every pitch I needed."

MARINERS MGR DON WAKAMATSU:   "That was as good as I've seen [Washburn].
He had the fastball working, but he was throwing 65-mph curveballs to Miguel Cabrera.
When you can get guys out that many different ways, you can pitch well for a long time."


    For a second consecutive game there was a short rain delay prior to first
pitch, this time a 26-min wait.
    A fleet of busses parked as far away as seven blocks from Comerica Park
brought enough group outings to increase the CoPa crowd to 32,177 in spite
of the pre-game rain.
    Thursday was the seventh time this season Seattle has won a series after
dropping the first game of the set.
    Aardsma never had a major league save before this season after pitching
in 163 games over four years with four different teams. He came to Seattle in
a January, 2009 trade with Boston. Aardsma is 24-for-26 in save situations this
year including two straight at Detroit. Aardsma has been unscored upon in all
but four of his 47 appearances this season.  
    Purchased by Seattle on July 10th from their 3A Tacoma farm team, former
Tiger 1Bman Chris Shelton DNP in the series at Detroit.
    Detroit's Justin Verlander (10-5) and Chicago's Jose Contreras (4-8) are scheduled
to pitch the matinee with Eddie Bonine (ND) of the Tigers and Bartolo Colon (3-6) of
the ChiSox slated to throw the nightcap on Friday. (Detroit will have to make a
roster move between games to recall Bonine from 3A Toledo. He's expected to be
returned to the Mud Hens Saturday morning.) The third game of the weekend series
late Saturday afternoon has Edwin Jackson (7-5) of the Tigs and Gavin Floyd (8-6)
of the WSox listed as probables. The series finale for "Sunday Night Baseball" (a time
change from 1:05pm to 8:05pm for ESPN) has Rick Porcello (9-6) listed as Detroit's
starting pitcher with the White Sox choice still TBA.      



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