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>>caption: CARLOS GUILLEN (#9) IS
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TO COMPLETE THE TIGER COMEBACK<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
A Chris Perez wild pitch with 2-out
in the B-9th plated Carlos Guillen with
the winning run to give the Tigers a
9-8 Sunday matinee win over Cleveland
and a 3-game weekend series sweep.
Detroit trailed 5-0 before ever
coming to bat, but scored in each of
the final five innings including three
times in the B-9th.
The Indians jumped on Tiger starter
Justin Verlander at the outset, loading the bases with none out and getting a
sac-fly to the LField warning track by Travis Hafner. A walk re-loaded the bases
and Luis Valbuena (#1) lofted a Grand Slam homerun to the camera well down
the RField line for a 5-0 margin.
The teams began trading runs in the B-5th when Miguel Cabrera's RBI-1B
scored Aaron Jackson. The Tribe made it 7-1/T-6th on a 2rHR to LField by Jhonny
Peralta (#1). Magglio Ordonez had a 2r1B in the B-6th. Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo
soloed (#1) to LField in the T-7th.Tiger rookie Scott Sizemore's RBI-2B in the B-7th
made it 8-4.
Detroit drew within 8-6 by scoring twice in the B-8th on an RBI-1B by Brandon
Inge and via a Ramon Santiago double play grounder.
The Tigers then pulled it out with a 3-R/B-9th off Perez (L, 0-1). Ordonez
1-out singled, Cabrera walked and Guillen's RBI-2B scored Ordonez. After Inge
grounded out, Santiago and pinch-hitter Johnny Damon both walked, the second free
pass with the bases filled forcing in Cabrera to tie the score. When Perez uncorked
a wild pitch with Sizemore at bat, Guillen scampered home for the walkoff win.
Verlander settled down after the 40-plus-pitch T-1st and went 5-plus-IP to get
charged with 6-R/6-ER on 5-H & 3-W with 3-K, throwing 66 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
Eddie Bonine gave up 2-R/2-ER via 2-HR in 3-IP of long relief, including allowing an
inherited runner to score when he served up a 2rHR to Peralta, the first man he faced.
Phil Coke threw a scoreless T-9th to get his first Tiger win (1-0).
Three of the five Cleveland relievers were scored upon to ruin a decent start by
Jake Westbrook, who allowed 3-R/3-ER in his 5.2-IP.
Miguel Cabrera was 3-for-3 with 3-W, 2-R & 1-RBI for Detroit. Sizemore went 3-for-5
in his first big league multi-hit game. Jackson, Don Kelly and Santiago were all 2-for-4.
Ordonez went 2-for-5 and Guillen was 2-for-6.
The Tigers won in spite of stranding 18 men on base.
Valbuena was 2-for-4 as the only Indian with multiple basehits.
The Tigers improved to 5-1 on the year. Cleveland fell to 2-4 with all their games on the
road so far.
CLE 8-10-0, 3-LOB (L) C. Perez, 0-1
DET 9-18-0, 18-LOB (W) Coke, 1-0
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "That was a game we probably shouldn't have won...We play
nine innings, and we hung in there today and got some great breaks."
TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER: "The Indians have a great team, and you have to make good
pitches to get them out. I didn't do that today....Wow, we showed a lot of character today
...This is my fifth year and it's one of the best comebacks I've seen."
TIGERS DH CARLOS GUILLEN: "That is why you play nine innings and it is not over until
you have 27 outs."
TIGERS 2B SCOTT SIZEMORE: "That was a heck of a comeback. I'm glad that I was able
to get a few knocks and help us pull that out."
TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE: "That was just pure heart. You could very easily pack it in,
but we were persistent."
TIGERS SS RAMON SANTIAGO: "Play nine innings and you've got a chance. It's a great win.
It's the best it can get right there."
INDIANS RP CHRIS PEREZ: "I can't walk Santiago in that situation. He's a bench player,
and I've got to make him hit the ball with two out, but everything was leaking away
from me, and I just couldn't make the right adjustment. The same thing happened with
Damon...There are no excuses. I still had a chance to get out of there with the win."
INDIANS MGR MANNY ACTA: "It's a shame, because it feels like we really wasted a good
hitting performance against Verlander. You don't know when you may be able to get six
runs off him again...In the last few innings, we kept turning over their lineup so quickly
that it seemed we were facing Ordonez and Cabrera every inning."
Tiger CA Gerald Laird received early game boos, but a standing ovation in the B-8th
when he singled to snap an 0-for-17 season opening slump.
Bonine was removed after 3-IP for a cramp below his ribs.
Indians CF Grady Sizemore was a late scratch due to a stiff back.
Research showed the two previous recorded times Detroit left 18 runners on base
they lost both times to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1926 and 1931.
The Tigers host Kansas City Monday in the first of three consecutive matinees.
Max Scherzer (ND), Dontrelle Willis (ND) and Rick Porcello (1-0) are Detroit's scheduled
starters. Luke Hochevar (ND), Brian Bannister (ND) and Kyle Davies (ND) are slated to
pitch for the Royals.
Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman wowed the Toledo audience of 5,642 Sunday
afternoon, hitting 99-mph or better on the stadium radar gun 10 times in his pro
debut. The Cincinnati Reds' 30.25-million-dollar man struck-out nine in his 4.2-IP,
getting Tiger prospect Brennan Boesch twice on 101 and 100-mph heaters.
After Chapman was removed one out shy of qualifying for the win, the Louisville
Bats went on to edge the Mud Hens 2-1.
Chapman threw 55 of his 85 pitches for strikes, five at 99-mph, two at 100 and
three at 101-mph.
Four of the five Hens hits off Chapman were infield singles, two of those of the
broken bat variety. The only solid basehit Chapman allowed was a ground single
through the hole between first and secondbase by ex-Tiger Clete Thomas in the B-2nd.
The Mud Hens loaded the bases on Chapman in both the B-2nd and B-5th with an
error helping Toledo scratch an unearned run off the lanky lefty in his final frame.
Three relievers replaced Chapman and the four Louisville slingers struck-out
15 Mud Hens. Former Tiger Jeff Larish whiffed all four times up.
Chris Heisey solo homered (#1) in the T-1st and Wilkin Castillo tripled and scored
on an RBI-2B by Zack Cozart in the T-5th off Toledo starter Enrique Gonzalez (L, 0-1).
Cozart went 3-for-5 and his three doubles in a single game tied a 5th/3rd Field
record. Cozart became the eighth player with a "triple double."
Boesch went 2-for-4 with his INF-1B driving in Toledo's only tally.
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