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>>caption: AVILA'S 2r2B STARTED
THE SCORING IN THE B-2ND-INN<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
Jeremy Bonderman delivered a
solid start, the Tigers rapped a
season-high 19 basehits and Detroit
posted its season's-best sixth straight
win by completing a 3-game home
series sweep of Washington Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers beat the Nationals 8-3 for a second consecutive day.
Ramon Santiago went 4-for-4 to tie his MLB career-high for most hits in
a game (twice), Magglio Ordonez was 3-for-5 and Miguel Cabrera added to
his MLB-RBI lead (59) with three more runs batted-in.
Cabrera, Ryan Raburn, Brennan Boesch, Carlos Guillen, Brandon Inge and
Alex Avila each collected a pair of safeties.
The Tigers had basehits in every inning except the B-4th.
Bonderman (W, 3-4) threw 95 pitches/65 strikes in his 7-IP. Bondo retired
the first 11 Nats batters and had struck-out four in a row (all swinging) before
Ryan Zimmerman's 2-out/T-4th single gave Washington its first baserunner.
Bonderman mixed an effective changeup and an OK slider with his medium-speed
fastball to record seven strikeouts in his seven innings, one shy of his season-high.
By the time Bonderman left the contest the Tigers had built a comfortable 7-2
Doubles figured in all the Tiger scoring innings.
Three consecutive 1-out basehits gave the Tigers a 2-0/B-2nd lead. Guillen
and Inge both singled and each scored on a double off the top of the RCField wall
The Tigers chased Nationals starter Luis Atilano (L, 5-4) with a 3-R/B-5th that
made the score 5-Zip. Again Detroit rapped three consecutive 1-out safeties when
Santiago and Ordonez and both singled and came home on a 2r2B by Cabrera off the
straightaway CField wall. Atilano intentionally walked Boesch and then hit the showers.
Cabrera scored on Guillen's RBI-1B off first Nats reliever Drew Sroren.
The Tigers added a 2-R/B-8th off third Washington pitcher Doug Slaten on four
straight 2-out hits. Raburn doubled, Santiago singled-in pinch-runner Danny Worth,
Ordonez singled and Cabrera drove-in Santiago with an RBI-1B.
Fifth Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard was greeted by Santiago's lead-off
double in the B-8th and Ordonez then singled him home before an out was recorded.
Washington snapped the shutout against Bonderman in the T-6th. Ian Desmond
led-off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on a
generously-awarded INF-RBI-1B by Christian Guzman. Bonderman tried to glove
Guzman's bleeder between the mound and 1Base, dropped the ball, continued running
toward the bag, but couldn't handle the throw behind his back from 1Bman Cabrera.
There was nothing suspect about Washington's second run in the T-7th. Adam
Dunn skied a T-7th lead-off homerun (#16) to the seats just above the RCField cutaway.
Dunn singled-in Guzman in the T-8th to put the score at 7-3 with the run charged to
first Detroit reliever Fu-Te Ni.
Guzman and Dunn were both 2-for-4 to account for half of Washington's eight hits.
Detroit's victory and a Minnesota matinee loss to Colorado brought the Tigers
within a game and a half of the AL-Central leading Twins.
WASH 3-8-2, 6-LOB (L) Atilano, 5-4
DET 8-19-1, 10-LOB (W) Bonderman, 3-4
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "[Bonderman] was very good. I think he pitched on the right
day, because the ball was being held up by the wind...Some days that kind of stuff works
for you, some days it works against you...His fastball is getting better all the time.
He’s throwing some at 93-94 [mph]. And he threw some changeups today that were
pretty good...I just thought, we put pretty good swings on the ball. We got some good
pitches to hit today, and we hit them. It was just one of those days where it was probably
a little contagious."
TIGERS SP JEREMY BONDERMAN: "I was just messing around with [the changeup] and
throwing it on the side. I changed the grip on it, and grip it like a four-seam fastball
and can control it now."
TIGERS CA ALEX AVILA: "[Bonderman is] throwing it harder in his last couple starts.
He had very good movement. His slider was very good and sharp today. He threw some
good changeups, and we were able to keep them off balance."
TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE: "It's a confidence thing...Hitting is contagious. There
was a lot of hype a couple weeks ago because of our lack of production. We’re not
doing anything different, but we can be dangerous if we keep this up."
Detroit is 26-2 this year when scoring five or more runs.
Tiger pitchers didn't walk anybody for a second straight game. In the series,
Detroit issued just two free passes, one of those intentional.
Ordonez celebrated his return to the lineup (left oblique injury) by going
8-for-13 for a .615-BA in the 3-game series.
Ni has allowed 5-R/5-ER in his last 1-IP over 2-GP.
Tigers CFielder Austin Jackson did not play for a third straight game since
suffering back spasms Sunday.
Dunn's homer was his second in as many days and he has now homered in six of
his last nine games.
Atilano has lost his last three starts.
Detroit concludes its 9-game interleague homestand by hosting Arizona
in a 3-game weekend series starting Friday night. Two former Tigers will
pitch for the Diamondbacks in the first two games and a former D-Back will
toss for Detroit in the Sunday finale. The probable pitchers are: Friday
evening Armando Galarraga (2-1, 2.67) vs Dontrelle Willis (1-0, 1.80 in the NL);
Saturday night Rick Porcello (4-6, 6.09) vs Edwin Jackson (3-6, 5.18); Sunday
afternoon Max Scherzer (3-6, 6.14) vs Ian Kennedy (3-4, 3.57).
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