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>>caption: BRANYAN BASHED ONE
OF THE TWO TRIBE TATERS<
@ COMERICA PARK:
The Tiger tumble continued
Tuesday night in the opener of a
3-game home series vs Cleveland
when the Indians held on to top
It was the second consecutive
Tiger loss and their 8th in the last
10 games, scoring just a combined 19 runs in the eight defeats.
Again, slumbering bats were at fault. The Tigers collected only six hits and went
just 2-for-9 with men in scoring position.
Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman took the loss (2-3). Scattering 9-H, 2-W
& 1-HBP with 1-K over his 8-IP and 100 pitches/67 strikes, Bondo surrendered
two key solo homeruns to the Tribe. Russell Branyan led-off the T-5th and tied
the game 1-all when he went deep (#7). Shin-Soo Choo put Cleveland ahead when
he hit a 1-out/T-6th dinger (#8). Choo's homer ended his 0-for-19 plate slump.
However, what proved to be the winning run came without an extra base hit off
Bonderman in the T-8th. Travis Hafner was HBP with 1-out, went to second on a
Jhonny Peralta single and then scored with 2-out on an RBI-1B to LField by Mark
Detroit's only two tallies came on a Carlos Guillen RBI-1B in the B-2nd and via a
2-out, RBI-1B by Alex Avila in the B-9th.
Indians starter Jake Westbrook earned the win (3-3) with an effective 7.2-IP
that produced just 1-R/1-ER on 5-H, 1-W & 2-HBP with 1-K. Although he allowed a
B-9th run and allowed the possible winning run to come to bat, Kerry Wood got
the Tribe save (#3).
Peralta, Grudzielanek and Jason Donald were all 2-for-4 at the plate for
Also 2-for-4, Miguel Cabrera was the only Tiger with multiple hits.
Detroit fell to just one game over the .500-mark at 26-25.
Cleveland snapped a 7-game Comerica Park losing streak.
CLE 3-9-2, 9-LOB (W) Westbrook, 3-3; (S) Wood, #3
DET 2-6-0, 7-LOB (L) Bonderman, 2-3
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "As a manager, you beat yourself up a bit, but I don’t
think you shake up your lineup. Our lineup has just been sputtering."
TIGERS SP JEREMY BONDERMAN: "I made two bad pitches [on Cleveland's 2-HRs]."
INDIANS MGR MANNY ACTA: "That’s the best game [Westbrook has] pitched this year.
That’s only the third game we’ve won this season when we’ve scored three or less runs,
so you see how important it was for him to go deep for us."
Designated for assignment late Saturday night, three year disappointment Dontrelle
Willis was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night in exchange for RHP Billy
Buckner. Detroit will have to pay almost all of Willis' $12-million salary ($8.1-mil remaining),
the final year of a 3-year contract of $29-million that produced only two wins for the LHP
in a Tiger uniform. The 28-year old Buckner has struggled during his MLB career with both
Kansas City and the D'Backs and will be assigned to 3A Toledo. Buckner lost all three of
his Arizona starts this season, allowing 26-H including 4-HR in his 13-IP.
The middle game of the Indians/Tigers series Wednesday night lists Armando Galarraga
(1-1, 4.50) of Detroit and Fausto Carmona (4-3, 3.69) of Cleveland as probable pitchers.
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