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TIGS SALVAGE NIGHTCAP AFTER UGLY OPENER.....Chicago WSox 12, TIGERS 2 (Gm-1) & TIGERS 7, WSox 1 (Gm-2), T 8/3/10
Posted on: 08-03-2010

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      After a horrid opening game
to the homestand, series and
day/night doubleheader Tuesday
afternoon, the Tigers scored early
to cruise to a nightcap win and
gain a split with the first place
Chicago White Sox.
      The Sox took game one 12-2
before Detroit rebounded in the
second contest 7-1.
      The Tigers ended the day where they began it, at an even .500 (53-53) and
seven games behind the AL-Central leading WSox.

      The White Sox routed the Tigers 12-2 in the matinee opener of Tuesday's day/
night doubleheader.
      The Sox had two big innings, a 4-R/T-3rd and a 4-R/T-7th, to win the one-sided
      Juan Pierre (#1) and Alex Rios (#17) had solo homers to account for a 2-R/T-5th.
Pierre's to the RField seats was his first since Sept., 2008 and Rios' tipped off the
glove of leaping Tiger LFielder Jeff Frazier and onto the top of the bullpen dugout.
      WSox rookie Dayan Viciedo added a third Chicago solo blow (#3) in the T-8th
which was caught by a young fan who reached over the railing to snare the ball at
the back end of the visitors bullpen in LCField.
      Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with a double, three infield singles, 3-R & 2-RBI for
the South Siders.
      It all made for an easy afternoon for WSox starter Mark Buehrle, who scattered
7-H & 1-W over 7.2-IP to allow 2-R/2-ER and get the win (10-8). Buehrle, who admitted
he had poor command, struck-out only one Tiger while letting his defense do the job.
      Tiger starter Rick Porcello fell apart after retiring the first six Sox he faced, four of
them on groundball outs. When Ramirez led-off the T-3rd with the first of his INF-1Bs,
Porcello began both missing the strike zone and elevating within it to the "hit-me" area.
Pierre's RBI-2B through a drawn-in outfield that showed the slap hitter no respect scored
the first run of the game and the Chicago tidal wave followed.
      Porcello (L, 4-10) was tagged for 7-R/7-ER on 8-H & 2-W in his 4.1-IP to remain winless
in his last eight starts (0-6) and winless in his 2-year MLB career vs the White Sox (0-4
including 0-2 this season).
      The two Tiger tallies came on RBI-1Bs by Austin Jackson in the B-3rd and Frazier in the
      Lead-off man Jackson went 3-for-4 and 9th place hitter Danny Worth was 2-for-3 to
combine for more than half of Detroit's 8-H.
      The 16th Tiger loss in their last 20 games put Detroit under the .500-mark (52-53) for
the first time all season.   

      CWS       12-15-0, 5-LOB       (W) Buehrle, 10-8
      DET         2-8-0, 5-LOB               (L) Porcello, 4-10

      The Tigers took advantage of a rookie starting pitcher just up from the minor leagues,
blew the game open early with a 4-R/B-2nd to make it 5-0 and cruised to a 7-1 victory in
game two to snap their three game losing skid.
      With the comfort of the early bulge, Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman was free to
attack the strike zone and did exactly that. Bondo (W, 6-6) threw first-pitch strikes
to 11 of 14 batters faced over the first four innings, retired the side on just seven pitches
in the T-5th and used Detroit's second inning-ending double play to escape a minor jam in
the T-6th.
      The only run Bonderman allowed in his 6.2-IP was a T-7th towering lead-off homerun by
Paul Konerko (#26) that skied some 423-feet deep into the LField seats. Bonderman yielded
5-H & 1-W with 5-K to get his first win since June 3rd and his first over the White Sox in
three years.
      A nervous Carlos Torres (L, 0-1) walked the first two Tigers he faced, got a force play,
then walked another to load the bases in the B-1st. The Tigers let Torres off the hook by
getting just one run on a Brennan Boesch RBI fielder's choice play and a Jhonny Peralta
      Torres wasn't so lucky in the B-2nd. Ryan Raburn hit a lead-off single and came all the
way around to score on Alex Avila's RBI-2B. Torres got the next two Tigers, but Will Rhymes
plated Avila with an RBI-1B, Rhymes scampered home on a Johnny Damon double and Damon
trotted in on a ground rule double by Boesch which one-bounced into the CField greenery.
      Detroit added a pair of insurance runs in the B-8th off third ChiSox pitcher Tony Pena
when the reliever threw wild past 1Base on an Austin Jackson bunt and Ramon Santiago
(who'd bloop singled) scored, then Jackson came home on a Damon RBI-G'out.
      Damon went 3-for-5 with 1-R & 2-RBI to highlight the Tiger attack. Santiago was 2-for-3
and Avila 2-for-4 and Boesch had 2-RBIs.
      Omar Vizquel went 3-for-3 plus a walk and Konerko was 2-for-4 at the plate for Chicago.

      CWS       1-8-2, 6-LOB             (L) Torres, 0-1
      DET         7-11-0, 10-LOB       (W) Bonderman, 6-6

TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "Bondo gave us a chance and we won. Porcello didn't give us a
chance and we lost...In Tampa Bay, [Porcello] had the best stuff since he's been here. And
in this game, he had the worst."

TIGERS CF AUSTIN JACKSON:    "We’ve got to keep going out there and keep fighting. There’s
a long ways to go."

TIGERS RF BRENNAN BOESCH:    "After the first game, we came out with effort and didn't
hang our heads. We got our butts kicked in, and nobody wanted that to happen again...
A good sign for me is going the other way. I'm just letting the game come to me, and it
tells me I'm relaxed. I'm feeling better up there."

TIGERS DH JOHNNY DAMON:    "This first game definitely was an embarrassment. We’ve got
a lot more games left with the White Sox and the Twins, and the [Tiger] team that played
the first half [of the season] has got to show up."

TIGERS CA ALEX AVILA:    "In the last few years, I've been able to be a good hitter because
I use all fields. A game like this is a big confidence-booster. The last couple weeks it's been frustrating, absolutely."

TIGERS Gm-1 SP RICK PORCELLO:    "When I wanted to throw certain pitches for strikes,
especially in big situations, I would either throw a ball or miss out over the plate...It’s
obviously disappointing. This is a team we need to beat to get back in the race in our

WSOX LF JUAN PIERRE:    "I was real surprised, it was a breaking ball [from Porcello on Pierre's
HR]. I hit it good. Now guys can get off my back...Bonderman kept us off balance [in game two]
...He was hitting spots. Not working in the middle of the plate but on the edges."

WSOX MGR OZZIE GUILLEN:    "If you go to Vegas to bet, you wouldn’t bet that Juan Pierre
would hit a home run in Detroit. This is one of the toughest places to hit a home run."

WSOX Gm-2 SP CARLOS TORRES:    "Just a little too pumped up going out there in the first inning."


      Designated for assignment by Detroit last week, 1B/3B/DH Jeff Larish was claimed
off waivers by the Oakland A's Tuesday.
      Porcello's last win was May 23rd at the LA Dodgers.   
      Detroit clean-up man Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-3 against Buehrle in Gm-1 making
Miggy 0-for-15 vs the Chi-town southpaw lifetime.
      Buehrle reached the 10 win plateau for the 10th consecutive season joining New
York Yankee LHP C.C. Sabathia as the only active pitchers to do so.
      Pierre's 14th career big league homer was his second at Comerica Park, the other
being an inside-the-parker for the Florida Marlins in 2004. Pierre had 809 at-bats
between homeruns #13 & 14.
      Pierre collected his 499th career stolen base in game one.
      With his 2,756th career MLB hit, Vizquel moved past former Tiger coach Vada
Pinson into sole posession of 49th place on the all-time hit list. Vizquel's third safety
in the nightcap gave him 2,758 basehits.
      Prior to Tuesday Torres had thrown just 28 big league innings, all in 2009. Brought
up from Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday, Torres was optioned right back to the Knights
after the nightcap.
      Entering Tuesday, Bonderman had a 7.29-ERA over his previous six appearances.
      Avila's RBI-2B was his first career basehit vs the White Sox.
      Austin Jackson leads all AL rookies with 122 hits and are the most by a Tiger rookie
since Milt Cuyler had 122 in 1991.
      Tiger closer Jose Valverde, who hasn't relieved since his 60 pitch effort last Friday
night at Boston, left Comerica Park between games of Tuesday's doubleheader due to
    Expected to be sidelined 4--6 weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his left hand,
Tiger 3Bman Brandon Inge had a minor league rehab assignment at Single-A West Michigan
Tuesday night, just two weeks after suffering the injury. Inge was flawless on defense
and went 2-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and an RBI. More importantly, Inge
reported no pain. (The Whitecaps lost to the visiting Great Lakes Loons 7-6.) Inge, who
played for the 'Caps in 1999 and 2001, may be activated from the DL by Detroit in time
for Wednesday night's home game vs the White Sox.  
      Wednesday night's game three of the series lists probable pitchers as Armando
Galarraga (3-3, 4.28) of Detroit and Edwin Jackson (6-10, 5.16) of the WSox. Ex-Tiger
Jackson will be making his White Sox debut after being a pre-trade deadline acquisition
from Arizona. Jackson is 2-0 lifetime vs the Tigers.


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