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>>caption: LEE HAD GOOD REASON
TO SMILE SUNDAY<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
The Tigers took the first two
games of the weekend series vs
Seattle while riding a pair of
strikeout producing starting
pitchers (Max Scherzer and
The Mariners used the same
formula Sunday, plus got a pair
of three-run homers, in defeating
Detroit in the series finale 8-1.
An hour after being named an AL All-Star for the second time in his career,
Seattle's Cliff Lee frustrated the Tigers on a hot day where Detroit tempers
matched the temperature.
Lee fanned 10 Tigers over his 8-IP, the only run against him coming
in the opening innoing. Lee effectively scattered nine hits and walked
one, just the sixth free pass he's allowed vs the 88-K's Lee has recorded
in the 103.2-IP over his 13 starts of 2010.
While Lee's fourth straight win of his 8-4 season was the first in that
stretch that fell shy of a complete game, it was an achievement for the
southpaw who's had trouble against Detroit. In his previous 12 starts vs
the Tigers, Lee was only 2-8 with a 4.50-ERA.
Detroit took a quick 1-0/B-1st lead on singles by Austin Jackson, Magglio
Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera.
Seattle jumped ahead 3-1/T-3rd on a Russell Branyan 3rHR (#12) 392-feet
to the seats just beyond the RCField cutaway.
The Mariners added four more in the T-5th, all with 2-out. Franklin Gutierrez
delivered an RBI-1B and next batter Casey Kotchman a 3rHR (#4) to the front
row of the RF stands. At the end of the inning Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman
and CA Gerald Laird were both ejected by HP umpire C.B. Bucknor in a dispute
over pitch calling, Bondo (L, 4-6) was tossed after he gestured at the ump on his
way to the dugout. Laird was thumbed once he was inside. MGR Jim Leyland then
came out to argue, but Bucknor declined to make it a trifecta.
The M's added one more to make it 8-1/T-8th on a bases loaded single through
the 5-6 hole on the infield by Jose Lopez. The run was charged to third Tiger
reliever Eddie Bonine and three of the four baserunners reached off fourth
Detroit bullpenner Daniel Schlereth (in his Tiger debut).
Entering the game hitting only .194, Kotchman had a perfect day at the plate
by going 3-for-3 plus 2-W. Chone Figgins was 3-for-4 with a walk and Branyan,
Lopez and Gutierrez were all 2-for-5 to fuel Seattle's 15 hit attack.
Brennan Boesch was 2-for-4 as the only Tigrer with multiple hits.
When Minnesota lost at home to Tampa Bay about an hour later the Tigers
stayed tied with the Twins at 43-37 atop the AL-Central standings.
Seattle snapped a 3-game losing skid.
SEA 8-15-0, 10-LOB (W) Lee, 8-3
DET 1-10-1, 11-LOB (L) Bonderman, 4-6
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: ""I think Bondo let the umpire get to him a little bit.
I can't say I blame him on a couple of pitches, but that's all part of it. You can't do
it...We had a lot of hits, no runs, and we didn't pitch well. That sums up the day."
TIGERS SP JEREMY BONDERMAN: ""I didn't get some strikes called and it took some
pitches away from me. I wouldn't have argued if I didn't think I was getting squeezed
...[Bucknor] was calling strikes for Cliff that he wasn't giving me. But the game is on me,
not on him...When I gave up [the first] three-run homer, I didn't execute the pitch.
Then I got flustered that inning and got beat. It's on me. I've got to be better."
TIGERS CA GERALD LAIRD: "When you see your pitcher out there battling, it's tough.
[Bucknor] was just missing pitches. It's hard on the guy out there on the mound. I just
wanted to stick up for my pitcher."
TIGERS LF BRENNAN BOESCH: "[Lee is] a tremendous pitcher. He's effective because he's
efficient. He gets quick outs and he throws strikes and has great command. But it's the
Major Leagues. You are going to come across great pitching every day. We have to do a
better job with coming out with a better offensive effort."
M's SP CLIFF LEE ""It definitely was a game where they had some situations
that they could have put together a big inning. When you get guys in scoring
position, that's when you really have to bear down and make pitches. If you
miss out over the plate in those situations, bad things are going to happen.
You have to stay out of the heart of the strike zone. [Ryan] Raburn had an
at-bat [in the B-8th] where it seemed like I threw 12 pitches."
As expected, no Tigers were named to the starting American League All-Star
team announced at noon Sunday. Cabrera was named at 1Base as an AL reserve
and RP Jose Valverde was added to the AL pitching staff.
Ichiro Suzuki was named an AL All-Star starter, giving Seattle two ASG reps.
Cabrera went 1-for-2 plus a walk to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Seattle is 26-9 this year when scoring four or more runs and 34-47 overall.
The Mariners won the season series from Detroit 5-3 and have won eight of their
last 13 vs the Tigers.
Fourth of July attendance was 24,899, the smallest crowd of the series.
Most of Comerica Park is populated with "sun seats" and with no clouds in the sky
the gametime temp of 87-degrees rose slowly during the contest.
Detroit continues its homestand by opening a 3-game series vs Baltimore
Monday afternoon where LHP Andy Oliver (0-2, 3.00) of Detroit and RHP Kevin
Millwood (2-8, 5.40) of the Orioles are the probable pitchers.
The Toledo tumble continued Sunday evening in a 6-0 home loss to Columbus
before a disappointed SRO audience of 10,300 at 5th/3rd Field.
Toledo has lost 10 straight and 12-of-13.
Mud Hens starter and ex-Tiger Rick Porcello took the loss (1-2). The Clippers
nicked Porcello for 5-R/5-ER on 7-H & 3-W with 6-K. Porcello threw 107 pitches/
Another ex-Tiger, Toledo reliever Casey Fien, went the last 2-IP and served up
a solo homerun to Columbus DH Jared Goedert (#11).
Former Tiger Brent Dlugach went 2-for-4 with a double and Hens lead-off man Will
Rhymes went 2-for-5, both hits doubles, to account for more than half of Toledo's 7-H
off four Columbus pitchers.
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