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ROCK BOTTOM ? ..... LA Angels 10, TIGERS 1, Sa 8/7/10
Posted on: 08-07-2010

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 †  † In as brutal a ballgame as the sinking Tigers
have played all year, Detroit was routed by
the LA Angels of Anaheim 10-1 Saturday night.
 †  † The passive crowd of 38,783 nevertheless
politely cheered each minor accomplishment
by their Tigers, such as infrequent walks and
 †  † The Tiger offense produced only four
basehits for a second consecutive night, their
only run was unarned and the enemy had 20
baserunners on 13-H & 7-W against four Detroit
pitchers who combined to uncork three wild pitches.
 †  † The Tigers lost for the 20th time in their last 25 games and fell to 1-6 in August.
Over those 25 contests the Tigers have scored three or fewer runs 16 times.  †
 †  † In similar slumps, shamed Detroit Lion fans have taken to wearing brown paper
bags over their heads. However, in this case, perhaps it's the Tiger players who
need some sack time.
 †  † Two former #1 starters who have fallen on hard times got Saturday evening's
mound assignments with vastly different results. Pitching on just 3-days rest
for the first time in his MLB career, Tiger RHP Jeremy Bonderman (L, 6-7) lasted
only 4.1-IP with an elevated pitch count of 86 (49 strikes) to yield 4-R/4-R on
4-H & 5-W with 2-WP plus 5-K. Angels LHP Scott Kazmir, activated off the DL
(pitching shoulder fatigue) before the game, threw the minimum 5-IP to get
credit for the win (8-9) on a cautious pitch count of 76/50 strikes. Kazmir did not
allow an earned run for the first time this season in snapping a personal 4-game
losing skid. Kazmir gave up 1-R/0-ER on 3-H & 1-W and 1-WP plus 3-K.
 †  † The Angels took an early 2-0 lead when Bonderman struggled through a
27 pitch/13 balls T-1st. Bobby Abreu led-off with an opposite field double
just inside the LField foul line. Two outs later, Bondo walked two batters to
load the bases. Juan Rivera then dropped a 2r1B into LField.
 †  † The Tigs got a gift run back in the B-1st. Austin Jackson led-off with an
INF-1B to the pitcher and continued onto 2Bsase on a throwing error by
Kazmir. After Kazmir wild pitched Jackson to third, Jackson came home on a
groundout to 2Base where Maicer Izturis bobbled the ball before making the
throw and thus failed to freeze the runner at 3Base.
 †  † The Angels blew the game open in an ugly 5-R/T-5th where the Halos batted
around top-to-bottom, had 3-H & 3-W and Detroit committed two wild pitches and
an error. Five consecutive Angels reached base safely off three Tiger pitchers as
Bonderman was chased after yielding an RBI-1B to Alberto Callaspo, Brad Thomas
failed to retire either of the two men he faced and Eddie Bonine allowed three
inherited runners to score. After Callaspo drove in the first run, Izturis added an
RBI-2B, Mike Napoli an RBI-1B, Bobby Wilson an RBI-forceout and the fifth run
crossed on a Ramon Santiago throwing error.  †  †  †
 †  † Bonine failed to retire a batter in the T-7th when Izturis singled, Rivera
doubled and Napoli drove both home with a double off the top of the RCField
wall to make it 9-1.  †  †  †
 †  † Fourth Tiger hurler Enrique Gonzalez did not go unscathed. Erick Aybar hit
a T-8th leadoff homer (#5) 352-feet into the lower RField seats to conclude the
 †  † Callaspo went 3-for-4 plus a W to highlight the Halos attack. Izturis was 2-for-3,
Rivera 2-for-4 and Aybar & Napoli each had 2-for-5 nights with Napoli collecting
 †  † Detroit never had more than one hit in any inning and no players with multiple
 †  † The Angels scrapped back to the .500-mark at 56-56.
 †  † The Tigers fell to a season's-low four games under .500 at 53-57 and now trail
the first place Chicago White Sox by ten games and second place Minnesota by eight
and a half games in the AL-Central. In a virtual tie for fourth/fifth place at the bottom
of the division, Cleveland and Kansas City both trail the Tigers by six and a half.

 †  † LAA  †  † 10-13-2, 8-LOB  †  † (W) Kazmir, 8-9
 †  † DET  †  † 1-4-1, 5-LOB  †  †  †  †  †(L) Bonderman, 6-7


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:  † "I thought Bondo did a great job. He worked his fanny
off, and I was proud of him. Our bullpen just didn't get things shut down...Don't
take anything away from Kazmir, because he was very good, but we are making a
lot of pitchers look very good right now."

TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA:  † "Weíre going through a lot of stuff with injuries, but
we canít get our heads down. Weíve got to keep playing hard and see what happens."
TIGERS RP EDDIE BONINE:  † "I didnít do my part. I threw some balls, walked a few guys,
allowed runs.  †It was one of those nights when I felt I didnít do my job to keep it at a
ANGELS SP SCOTT KAZMIR:  † "It felt really good to go out there, pitch five innings
and feel like I was able to work my stuff...I've got better strength and range of
movement in my shoulder...By the time I got to the fifth inning, I was starting to
drag a bit. It's been a while since I've thrown 75 pitches, but I'll be stronger for my
next start."  †  †  †

ANGELS MGR MIKE SCIOSCIA:  † "Obviously, we had a pretty good offensive night.
Izzy was great, and so was Mike Napoli. We had a lot of guys helping us score runs
tonight...We're talking about a guy that, if [Kazmir] pitches to his potential, will be
a Cy Young candidate. This season hasn't gone as scripted, but he has never given
up, and you saw that again tonight."
 †  †  †

 †  † Holding a .345-BA (59x171) lifetime vs the Angels, the best mark among all big
league players, Jhonny Peralta went 0-for-4 for Detroit in his first DH duty with
the Tigers.
 †  † Abreu is hitting a career .366 (53x145) vs Detroit.
 †  † Callaspo has hit safely in 12 of 14 games for a .314-BA (16x51) since the Angels
acquired him in a trade with Kansas City.
 †  † Callaspo's third hit of the night was a T-8th single where Detroit RFielder Brennan
Boesch made a diving catch on a sinking liner. Closest to the play, 2Base umpire Tom
Hallion ruled the grab a trap, but replays clearly showed Boesch had made a clean
catch. Three batters later an inning-ending double play prevented Callaspo from scoring
an 11th run for the Angels.
 †  † Saturday's win clinched the Angels their first road series win since an interleague
set June 16th--18th vs the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
 †  † To make roster room for Kazmir the Angels DLed RHP Rich Thompson with right
shoulder stiffness.
 †  † Ejected Friday night for a tirade against HP umpire Ron Kulpa, Angels OF Torii
Hunter was suspended by MLB Saturday for four games. Hunter did not appeal. It
was Hunter's eighth career ejection in 14 big league seasons, three by Kulpa.  †
 †  †Probable pitchers for the Sunday matinee series finale are Rick Porcello (4-10, 5.91)
of Detroit vs Trevor Bell (1-2, 5.90) of the Angels.


    The West Michigan Whitecaps got a single run in the T-11th to down the Dragons in
Dayton 6-5 Saturday night.
    Whitecaps LF Jeff Rowland opened the T-11th with a single, went to third on a
single by INF Jimmy Gulliver and then scored on a sac-fly (for the frame's first out) by
CA Luis Alberto Sanz.
    Rehabbing his right calf injury, Tiger 2Bman Carlos Guillen went 2-for-4 (both singles)
in his second game with the 'Caps.
    Dayton stranded 14 runners in the extra inning contest.


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