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TIGERS BATTER ROYALS.....TIGERS 10, Kansas City 3, Sa 8/15/09
Posted on: 08-15-2009

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    The Tigers beat up some bad Kansas
City pitchers Saturday night to post a 10-3
    The Tigers scored in every inning
except the B-4th when they left the
bases loaded.
    After falling behind 2-0/T-1st on a
410-foot 2rHR by Billy Butler (#14), the
Tigers got four homeruns of their own.
    Ramon Santiago (solo, #7), Carlos
Guillen (2rHR, #4), Alex Avila (solo, #2)
and Miguel Cabrera (2rHR, #24) all went
yard for Detroit.
    Cabrera went 4-for-5 with 3-R & 3-RBI and Guillen was 3-for-5 with a R  4-RBI.
    Getting his second best run support of the season, Tiger RHP Edwin Jackson
won for the second time in five starts (2-W, 3-ND) to go to 9-&-5 on the year.
Jackson allowed a pair of homeruns (the other a solo by Brayan Pena, #3) among the
9-H & 2-W he scattered through his 6-IP. With the game still on the line as Detroit
led 4-2/T-5th and KayCee had the bases loaded with 1-out, Jackson induced a 4-3
double play grounder off the bat of Alberto Callaspo where Mike Jacobs was called
out when he dodged a tag from Tiger 2Bman Placido Polanco by going outside the
base line.
    Bobby Seay pitched two perfect relief innings and Brandon Lyon a 1-2-3/T-9th
with a strikeout of ex-Tiger Josh Anderson to end the game in relief of Jackson.
    Royals starter Luke Hochevar took the loss (6-6) when he allowed 6-R/6-ER on
12-H in his 4-plus-IP. Bruce Chen yielded an unearned run in his 2-IP. The Tigers
tallied 3-R/3-ER in 2-IP off final Royals hurler Ron Mahay.
    Detroit's third straight win put the AL-Central leading Tigers at 62-54. The
Tigers stayed two and a half games ahead of the second place Chicago White Sox
but improved to six games better than the third place Minnesota Twins.

    KC       3-9-1, 6-LOB         (L) Hochevar, 6-6
    DET     10-16-0, 8-LOB     (W) Jackson, 9-5        

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "It was nice to get Edwin some runs. He deserves them
...I thought he showed some good pitchability, which I was happy about...It was
huge that we were able to keep adding on runs. When you hold a team scoreless
for a few innings and keep scoring, it is going to deflate them."

TIGERS DH CARLOS GUILLEN:   "We've been swinging the bat better lately. To me,
we're maybe more patient at the plate, not trying to do too much. Sometimes with
the pressure on the line, you try to do too much. I think that was the case. It happens.
It's part of the season...(Hochevar) was trying a lot of breaking balls, sliders, curveballs
and changeups. I was trying to be aggressive, look for a good pitch to hit early in the
count and trying to hit it hard...I'm just trying to get good at-bats. Tonight, I was
patient and I hit the ball hard."  

TIGERS SP EDWIN JACKSON:   "The offense did a great job for me. It makes it a lot
easier when they are scoring like that, because you've got room to make mistakes."

ROYALS SP LUKE HOCHEVAR:   "I just didn't execute my pitches. It seemed like I would
get two strikes, and they would foul off some pitches and then get a hit. That hurt me."


    Cabrera had his third 4-H game of the season.
    Guillen is hitting .295 (23-for-78) with 14-RBI since coming off the DL on July 24th.
    The Tigers are 23-7 over their last 30 home games, the best mark in the majors
over that span.
    Hochevar fell to 0-3 with an 8.59-ERA over his last four starts.
    Anderson is only 4-for-23 (.174-BA) in eight games since the Royals obtained him
from Detroit on July 30th in a cash deal.
    The Royals have allowed 91-R in the 8th-INN in their 116 games, making it difficult
to get to closer Joakim Soria.
    In the Sunday matinee series finale Tiger Armando Galarraga (6-10) opposes
Kyle Davies (4-8) of the Royals in the mound match-up. Galarraga missed his last
start Wednesday due to illness.


    The Bats beat the Mud Hens 4-1 Saturday night in Louisville.
    Injury rehabbing Tiger LHP Nate Robertson got the start and gave up 3-H & 1-W
with 3-K in his 3-IP no decision. Another Tiger on rehab, RHP Jeremy Bonderman,
replaced Robertson in the B-4th to go 1-IP and take the loss (1-3) by serving up a
solo homerun to Louisville's Wes Bankston (#15).  
    Toledo's Brent Dlugach opened the T-7th with his 30th double of the season
and scored on an RBI-1B by Dusty Ryan for the only Hens run.



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