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At first glance at the final score it appears the wind was blowing out
toward Lake Parker Friday in Lakeland.
However, the only homer in a 17-7 Tiger win over Houston was struck by
usually light-hitting Don Kelly (#1), a 2-R blast that bounced over the batting
cages beyond the RField wall.
Astros pitchers allowed Tiger batters 16 basehits and 11 walks and the
Houston defense chipped oin with a pair of errors good for three unearned
Only three of the eight Astros pitchers used in the eight innings Detroit
batted were unscored upon. Two of them were former Tigers Tim Byrdak
and Shane Loux. Another ex-Tiger hiurler, Yorman Bazardo, gave up 3-R/3-ER
in his 1-IP. Onetime Tiger 1Bman Chris Shelton made one of the two Houston
Prospect Polin Trinidad was the worst of the moundsmen employed by the Astros.
He walked the first four men he faced, gave up a couople of hits and was removed
without rretiring a batter when Detroit scored 7-R to blow the ballgame open
in the B-8th with all but 1-R charged to Trinidad.
Kelly, Gerald Laird and Toledo Mud Hens utilityman Danny Worth were the only
Tigers with 2-RBIs. Kelly and Carlos Guillen were the only Detroiters with 2-H,
Guillen's safeties both being doubles.
Starter Eddie Bonine went the first 2-IP to allow 1-R/1-ER on 3-H with 1-K
to get the win (1-0). Phil Coke followed to yield the same exact stats.
Third and fifth Tiger pitchers Joel Zumaya and Fu-Te Ni were both tagged.
Zoom gave up 3-R/3-ER on 2-H & 1-W with 1-WP in his 2-IP and Ni allowed 2-R/2-ER
on 3-H with 2-K in his lone inning.
Astros starter Wandy Rodroguez gave up 3-R/3-ER on 3-H & 3-W with 1-K in his
2-IP to take the loss (0-1).
Houston 3Bman Chris Johnson went 3-for-4, all doubles, with 1-R & 2-RBI.
HOU 7-14-2, 9-LOB (L) W. Rodriguez, 0-1
DET 17-16-0, 9-LOB (W) Bonine, 1-0
TIGERS UTIL DON KELLY: "I don’t think [his HR is] so much about building strength,
it’s about getting the correct swing. It’s more about the swing than the size."
Tiger ace Justin Verlsander makes his spring debut when Detroit winds up a 3-game
Lakeland homestand by hosting Baltimore Saturday afternoon.
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