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>>caption: ELLIS SOLO HOMERED
AND ADDED A 3-RUN DOUBLE<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
Brett Anderson mowed down the
Tiger batters to lead the Oakland A's
to a 6-0 win over the Tigers Saturday
It was Detroit's fourth straight
loss and the fourth time the Tigers
have been shutout this season.
However, the big news came after
the game when it was announced RHP
Max Scherzer would be recalled from
3A Toledo Sunday to get the afternoon
start vs the A's and to make roster
room for Scherzer the Tigers will designate LHP Dontrelle Willis for assignment.
In his two and a third seasons with Detroit, Willis won only two games and
again struggled to throw strikes as he took a no-decision in Friday night's loss
Anderson (W, 2-1) was almost unhitable Saturday in his first A's pitching
appearance in over a month (April 25th) due to elbow and forearm injuries.
The southpaw was on a low pitch count to protect his multi-year contracted
arm, but stayed in the game by throwing 70 pitches/49 strikes in his 5.2-IP.
Anderson yielded just a B-1st bloop single to Johnny Damon, then retired
16 consecutive Tigers before getting chased by back-to-back, 2-out/B-6th
basehits by Austin Jackson and Damon (a double).
The closest the Tigers came to scoring off Anderson was when Gerald Laird led-off
the B-3rd with a blast to LField that Gabe Gross grabbed to prevent a homerun in front
of the bullpen dugout building. Gross jumped above and slightly beyond the fence to
reach over and snare the ball in his glove.
Meantime, Tiger starter Rick Porcello only walked two A's but had in-the-zone
control trouble and allowed 2-R/2-ER in his 6.1-IP to suffer the loss (4-5). Normally
a sinkerball specialist, Porcello was the opposite Saturday with 17 of the 19 outs he
recorded coming in the air.
Oakland scored both their runs off Porcello in the T-5th. Mark Ellis led-off that frame
with a homerun (#1) to the flagpole area of the LCField bullpen. After Rajai Davis singled
with 1-out and then stole second, he scored on a 2-out triple by Ryan Sweeney on a ball
that bounced by Jackson in CField.
The A's blew the game open with a 4-R/T-8th. Ellis doubled down the LField line with the
bases loaded and all three runners scored, the last coming home and Ellis moving to third
on a relay throw home by Detroit SStop Adam Everett that bounced up and off catcher
Laird's right shoulder, Ellis then scored on a Cliff Pennington sac-fly just shy of the RCField
wall. The first three runs of the T-8th were charged to first Tiger reliever Brad Thomas
and the fourth run to third Detroit hurler Eddie Bonine.
Ellis went 3-for-4 with a 2B, HR, 2-R & 4-RBI. Sweeney and Jack Cust were both 2-for-4
and Davis 2-for-5 at the plate for Oakland.
Jackson and Damon were both 2-for-4 with a double for four of Detroit's five hits.
Miguel Cabrera, who took a called third strike from third A's pitcher Craig Breslow to end
the ballgame, had the only other Tiger safety, a single.
The Tigers have now lost six of their last seven games to fall to three and a half games
behind AL-Central leading Minnesota.
OAK 6-10-0, 9-LOB (W) Anderson, 2-1
DET 0-5-0, 4-LOB (L) Porcello, 4-5
TIGERS PREZ/GM DAVE DOMBROWSKI: "It's difficult because [Willis] worked hard to try
to overcome a lot...We just weren't seeing the same progress we were in the spring...
He's had trouble throwing strikes on a consistent basis...His fastballs weren't there...It's
never worked out the way we woulda liked...He's put forth the effort...It's unfortunate."
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "The uncertainty of what we were gonna get [each time Willis
took the mound] was a factor...He gave a great effort and he's a great teammate...I know
how hard he worked. It just didn't work out, so it's sad...Porcello had good stuff, but not good
control...just all over the place control problems...Not being sharp and everything, holding
them down to two runs, that's an accomplishment...He gave us a chance...Anderson pitched
tremendous. We saw two pretty nasty pitchers the last two nights and didn't do anything
TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO: "I didn't really have a good feel for any of my pitches today...I tried
to do the best I could."
A's 2B MARK ELLIS: "We left a lot of guys on against these guys yesterday, and no one was scoring
early tonight, so it felt great to hit that [homerun]."
A's SP BRETT ANDERSON: "That's about as good as I could have possibly hoped for after a month off.
That's probably the most efficient game I've ever pitched in the major leagues."
By designating Willis for assignment, the Tigers have 10 days to trade, release or assign Willis
to the minors. Tiger Prez Dave Dombrowski indicated it would be unlikely Willis would be farmed
out by Detroit if no big league team will take him.
Prior to Saturday's game Oakland optioned reliever Cedric Bowers to 3A Sacramento to make
roster room for Anderson.
Ellis now has 10 homeruns in 55 career games vs Detroit. Overall, Ellis has 81-HR in 885 career
MLB games. In his last three games Ellis has 7-H.
Scherzer struck-out 17 batters in 14-IP over two starts (2-0, 0.60-ERA) with Toledo. For
Detroit, Scherzer was 1-4 with a 7.29-ERA before his demotion. Scherzer is scheduled to oppose
Oakland's Dallas Braden (4-4, 3.23-ERA) in the Sunday matinee mound match-up.
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