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TRIBE TAKES L-O-N-G DAY-NIGHT TWINBILL.....Cleveland 4, TIGERS 3 (Gm-1) & Cleveland 2, TIGERS 1 (11-INN, Gm-2), Sa 7/17/10
Posted on: 07-17-2010

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..caption:  CARLOS GUILLEN (L) OUT
AT THE PLATE IN GAME ONE, DON
KELLY WOULD BE LIKEWISE IN GM-2<<

@ CLEVELAND, OH:

    The Indians made it three in a
row over the Tigers by sweeping a
Saturday day/night doubleheader.
    Detroit blew a 3-0/Mid-1st lead
to drop the matinee game 4-3. The Indians also came from behind to take the
11-INN nightcap 2-1 in a contest interrupted for 1-hr, 53-mins by rain when it
was tied 1-all after 8-INN.
    The double dip defeat dropped Detroit a game and a half behind the AL-
Central leading Chicago White Sox and just one game ahead of third place
Minnesota.

    The day game featured average performances by a pair of AL All-Star pitchers.
Fausto Carmona (who did not pitch in the ASG) got the Indian win (9-7) vs RHP
Justin Verlander (who pitched one scoreless frame in Tuesday's ASG) and the Tigers.
    Both starting hurlers struggled with control. Cleveland's Carmona  allowed
3-R/3-ER on 6-H & 6-W with 3-K in his 7-IP victory. Detroit's Verlander took
a no-decision by yielding 3-R-3-ER on 6-H & 5-W plus 2-WP with 9-K.
    Carmona had the benefit of three Tribe defensive double plays.
    The Tigers jumped to a 3-0/T-1st lead in the opener, then didn't score again.
Austin Jackson opened the ballgame with a single to RField, then stole second
with 2-out. Walks to Miguel Cabrera and Brennan Boesch loaded the bases before
Carlos Guillen bounced a single up the middle to score two runs. Brandon Inge
doubled to the LCField gap to bring Boesch home for a 3-0 lead, but Guillen was
thrown out at the plate also attempting to score to end the inning.
    Cleveland's first three hits of the game began the B-3rd and produced their
first two runs. Andy Marte singled, Jason Donald doubled to plate Marte and Michael
Brantley singled to score Donald and make it 3-2.
    The Indians tied the contest after they loaded the bases for a second consecutive
inning in the B-6th. Shelley Duncan singled to start the B-6th and went to second on
Donald's 2-out single. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Brantley walked to fill
the sacks. Duncan then scored on Verlander's second wild pitch of the inning, although
it appeared Tiger CA Alex Avila mishandled both WPs.
     Phil Coke relieved Verlander in the B-7th and was got the first two batters he faced.
However, Matt LaPorta doubled to deep CField and Duncan was intentionally walked.
Trevor Crowe then dropped an RBI-1B to short LCField to score LaPorta. Crowe was
out at 2Base to end the inning when he attempted to move up on the throw home.
Coke suffered his first defeat (5-1) as a Tiger.
    Fourth Cleveland pitcher Chris Perez walked one and struck-out one in a scoreless
T-9th for the save (#8).
    Johnny Damon was 2-for-3 plus walk at the plate for for Detroit.  
    Brantley and Donald were both 2-for-4 for the Tribe.
   
              DET     3-6-0, 6-LOB      (L) Coke, 5-1
Gm-1,,,,,CLE     4-8-1, 9-LOB     (W) F. Carmona, 9-7; (S) C. Perez, #8

Gm-2:

    Austin Kearns 2-out RBI singled home Jason Nix from 2Base in the B-11th to give the
Indians their 2-1 nightcap win and doubleheader sweep.
    The evening contest featured the best start of the season by Tiger RHP Rick Porcello,
who was recalled from a month-long exile to 3A Toledo to get the second game mound
assignment.
    Porcello threw 99 pitches/71 strikes and scattered 6-H with no walks and 6-K in his
8-IP. The only real mistake Porcello made was elevating a 3-1 fastball to Cleveland rookie
sensation Carlos Santana for a solo homerun (#6) to straightaway CField that tied the
game 1-1/B-4th.
    The Tigers loaded the bases with none out in the T-1st, but could not score and that
set the tone for the night. Don Kelly doubled to open the T-2nd and was thrown out at
the plate on a 5-2 fielder's choice, although a 2-out RBI-1B by Ryan Raburn did score Danny
Worth from 2Base in that inning for Detroit's only run.
    Pinch-hitter Damon doubled the opposite way down the LField line when post-rain play
resumed to open the T-9th. Worth sac-bunted Damon to third, but there he stayed in another
wasted opportunity.
    Fourth Tiger pitcher Robbie Weinhardt came in for the B-11th and promptly got a pair
of outs. Nix then singled, Santana walked and Kearns singled to shallow LField. Nix scored
from second well ahead of Kelly's throw home for the 2-1 nightcap win. Weinhardt took the
loss in his first big league decision.
    Sixth Indians pitcher Rafael Perez went the final 1.1-IP to get the win (2-0).
    Santana was 2-for-3 and former Tiger farmhand Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4 at
the plate for Cleveland.
    Jackson and Kelly were both 2-for-5 for Detroit while Boesch was 2-for-4.  

                               DET     1-10-0, 11-LOB      (L) Weinhardt, 0-1
Gm-2.....11-INN.....CLE     2-8-0, 6-LOB          (W) R. Perez, 2-0    
               
QUOTEBOOK...

TGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:   "We let 'em off the hook in the first inning [of the second game]
...We didn't play good enough to win...We didn't execute...We got our ass kicked...It's
tough because we got our ass kicked twice, not because of the rain...[The long day] wasn't
tough for Cleveland. They won two ballgames...[Porcello] pitched very well...I thought he
was down in the zone pretty good, he got it up when he wanted to."
 
TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER:   "For the most part  felt pretty good...I had pretty good stuff
... I walked [them] too much."

TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO:   "I had a pretty good mix of four seamers and off-speed pitches.
My sinker was pretty good...I thought I threw the ball well and gave us a chance to win...I
figured out my slider [at Toledo] and found a grip that worked for me."

TIGERS OF BRENNAN BOESCH:   "We're just a little outta sync right now. I can't really
put my finger on it...It's disappointing when you get opportunities [and don't score]
...I think good teams avoid sweeps and get sweeps...We're gonna put this behind us
and come out here tomorrow."

INDIANS RF AUSTIN KEARNS:   "It definitely feels better after a two hour rain delay to get a
win...[Porcello] looked good...His command was pretty good...He moved it in and out."

EXTRA INNINGS:

    Jackson has hit safely in to open each of the three games since the All-Star break.
    When Cabrera went hitless in Gm-1 it ended his career-high 20 game hitting streak,
the longest by a Tiger since Alan Trammell's 21 game streak in 1987.
    Detroit's 3-4-5 hitters (Magglio Ordonez, Cabrera & Boesch) are a combined 6-for-33
(.182-BA) since the All-Star break.
    Verlander is 9-10 in his MLB career vs Cleveland, but has not lost to the Indians in
his last seven starts against the Wahoos.
    Coke and Ryan Perry both pitched 1-INN in each game of the doubleheader. Chris
Perez & Rafael Perez both pitched for the Tribe in each Saturday contest.
    Between games of the twinbill Detroit optioned LHP Daniel Schlereth back to Toledo
to make roster room for Porcello.
    Prior to the doubleheader Cleveland recalled reliever Jenson Lewis from 3A Columbus
and placed closer Kerry Wood on the 15-day DL with a blister problem on his pitching hand.  
    The Sunday matinee series finale has two rookies as probable pitchers. Jeanmar Gomez
(MLB debut) of Cleveland will oppose Detroit LHP Andy Oliver (0-3, 6.38).

                                                             ###

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