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RABURN HELPS TIGS WIN IN TWELVE.....TIGERS 4, Cleveland 3 (12-INN), Sa 8/1/09
Posted on: 08-01-2009

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    It was bonus baseball time in Cleveland
for the second straight night Saturday as the
Tigers edged the Indians 4-3 in 12-INN.
    Ryan Raburn fought-off an inside fastball
to push a 2-out RBI-1B to RField in the T-12th
and Indians reliever Jose Veras then balked
home Clete Thomas from third for the night's
only 2-R inning. That extra marker proved to
be the difference when an INF-G'out gave
Cleveland a B-12th run.  
    Fernando Rodney's first blown save of the
year ruined Rick Porcello's longest big league
outing. Porcello allowed only 4-H & 1-W for
1-R/1-ER with 3-K over his 8-IP. Porcello threw 91-pitches/67-strikes and got 15
groundball outs.
    The Tribe got help in getting their only run off Porcello in the B-1st. The
lone walk Porcello issued was to the first man he faced, Grady Sizemore. The
Indians lead-off man then stole second, went to third on an error by Tiger 1Bman
Miguel Cabrera and Sizemore scored on a 1-out RBI-1B to CField by Cleveland
clean-up man Jhonny Peralta.
    While Indians starter Jeremy Sowers didn't yield a hit until the T-5th, the Tigers
scored single runs off Sowers in each of his last two innings of work. Two walks
with Raburn's single (Detroit's first hit) loaded the bases for the Tigs in the T-5th
and Marcus Thames scored on a sac-fly by Adam Everett to tie the game 1-all.
Three consecutive Tiger singles by Placido Polanco, Magglio Ordonez and Miguel
Cabrera with none out in the T-6th produced another run and a 2-1 Detroit margin.
    Cleveland forced the extra innings by tying the game 2-2 /B-9th off Rodney. The
second pitch Rodney threw was a low change-up that Asdrubal Cabrera elevated off
the RField wall for a stand-up triple. Clete Thomas mis-timed his leap at the wall
and the ball bounced off the high boundry from behind Thomas' head. Rodney struck-
out Shin-Soo Choo, but Peralta sent a 1-out sac-fly to CField. Curtis Granderson made
a super diving catch on Peralta's broken bat fly almost colliding with LFielder Raburn,
who was also diving for the ball.
    Veras (L, 4-2) put himself in a hole by walking Polanco and Thomas to open the
T-12th, but recovered to get Miguel Cabrera on a called third strike and Carlos
Guillen on a foul-pop to 3Base. When it looked like Veras might escape, Raburn delivered.
    Fourth Tiger pitcher Bobby Seay worked a scoreless B-11th for the win (2-2) and fifth
Detroit hurler Zach Miner managed the shaky save, his first of the season.
    Miner allowed consecutive 1-out hits to Jamey Carroll and Trevor Crowe, the second
a double to put the potential tying runs in scoring. Rookie Wyatt Toregas grounded to
Polanco at second with both runners moving up, Carroll scoring to make it 4-3 and
Crowe moving up to third. However, Sizemore popped-out to SStop on the first pitch
he saw from Miner to end the game.        
    Miguel Cabrera and Raburn both went 3-for-6 at the plate for Detroit.
    Asdrubal Cabrera, Carroll and Crowe were all 2-for-5 for Cleveland.
    The 54-48 first place Tigers remained a game and a half ahead of the second place
Chicago White Sox in the AL-Central. Third place Minnesota fell to three games back.

12-INN.....DET     4-9-2, 12-LOB     (W) Seay, 2-2; (S) Miner, #1
               CLE     3-10-0, 7-LOB      (L) Veras, 4-2


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "A wierd game, a wild game, but it turned out right
...I thought that's the best (Porcello has) thrown in a long time."

TIGERS LF RYAN RABURN:   "Every win's important. We're gettin' down to crunch time...
We're very confident...We're swingin' the bats better (and) timely hits will come."


    The teams met in Negro League throwback uniforms for the second time in
three weeks. Back on July 11th at Comerica Park the clubs also wore the duds of
the Detroit Stars and Cleveland Buckeyes.
    The Tigers are 8-3 vs the Indians this year including 4-1 in Cleveland.
    All of Detroit's 9-H were singles. 
    Peralta leads the AL with 17-RBI since the All-Star break.
    Making his MLB debut, Cleveland catcher Toregas hit a line single to LField in
his first at-bat to lead-off the B-3rd.
    Sunday afternoon's series finale has Cleveland's Carl Pavano (8-8) and Detroit's
Armando Galarraga (5-9) listed as probable pitchers. Pavano has won two earlier
pitching match-ups with Galarraga this year.


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