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@ COMERICA PARK:
† † The Tigers used a trio of 3-R innings to
put at least a temporary halt to their losing
skid and Detroit avoided a home weekend
series sweep with a 9-4 Sunday matinee win
over the LA Angels of Anaheim.
† † The Tigs ended their latest 4-game losing
skid to post just their sixth win in the last
† † Rick Porcello went the first 6-IP to †get his
first victory since May 23rd, snapping a
string of eight consecutive starts without a
"W" (0-6, 2-ND).
† † It what's defined as a "quality start" Porcello scattered 8-H with no walks plus
4-K to allow 3-R/2-ER, although the unearned run was his own fault. The Angels
snapped a scoreless tie to take a brief 1-0/T-4th lead when lead-off man Alberto
Callaspo was safe at first when Porcello failed to tag the bag while covering the
base. Maicer Izturis singled to send Callaspo to third, where Callaspo scored on a
Porcello wild pitch.
† † The Tigers went ahead 3-1/B-5th on an RBI-1B by Don Kelly. Although Kelly was
out attempting to stretch his single into a double, both Will Rhymes and Johnny
Damon followed with RBI-2Bs before the frame was over.
† † The Halos battled back to tie the contest in Porcello's final frame on T-6th
RBI-1Bs by both Juan Rivera and Jeff Mathis.
† † The Tigers let Porcello qualify for the win (5-10) when they scored three times
in the B-6th before Porcello's exit. Alex Avila had a 2r1B and Rhymes an RBI-1B.
† † The Angels drew within 6-4/T-7th when they greeted Tiger reliever Robbie
Weinhardt with a lead-off triple by fellow rookie Peter Bourjos and next batter Bobby
Abreu sent an RBI-G'out to SStop.
† † Detroit then added some insurance runs in the B-8th on a 2r1B by Johnny Damon
and an RBI-1B from Austin Jackson, both of those basehits to shallow parts of the
OField after third Angels pitcher Scot Shields had walked the bases loaded.
† † Detroit's 1-2 hitters were a combined 6-for-9 to spark a 13-H attack as Rhymes
went 3-for-4 with 1-W, 2-R & 2-RBI and Damon was 3-for-5 with 3-RBI. Ryan Raburn
went 2-for-4 with 2-R in the six hole and these three Tiger batters each had a double
for all of Detroit's extra base hits.
† † Rhymes' reward for his first career 3-H game was demotion back to 3A Toledo
after the ballgame. Rhymes was called up from the Mud Hens to replace calf injured
Carlos Guillen on July 25th. Guillen will be activated from the DL Monday and because
both play 2Base, Rhymes (who has roster options) will be odd man out.
† † Izturis, Rivera and Reggie Willits were all 2-for-4 for the Angels.
† † Halos starter Trevor Bell was charged with Detroit's first 6-R in his 5.1-IP to take
the loss (1-3).
† † Following Porcello and Weinhardt, Ryan Perry and Jose Valverde each pitched a
scoreless relief inning for Detroit, allowing one baserunner each.
† † The game featured retreating, over-the-shoulder, warning track catches by both
starting CFielders with Kelly and Bourjos each putting their defensive skills on display.
† † Detroit is 2-5 on its current homestand and the Angels return home from a 2-4 road
† † LAA † † 4-10-1, 7-LOB † † †(L) Bell, 1-3
† † DET † † 9-13-2, 8-LOB † † (W) Porcello, 5-10
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: † ""I thought Porcello was really good. He really had
good stuff today. He really had good life. That's more of the Porcello I've been
looking for. For whatever reason, the ball was sinking and it was alive and it had
some energy to it. He threw one pitch that was 96 [mph] and got a strikeout
that just froze the guy...We made more mistakes today than a lot of the games
we lost. But nobodyís going to talk about that because we won...Carlos is a
second baseman, heís going to play and Rhymes doesnít have anywhere to play
...there wasnít anything else we could do...[Rhymes is] going down on a really
good note. He made a good impression on us. There were days when he struggled
and days when he was really on his game. Heís got a lot of energy."
TIGERS 2B WILL RHYMES: † "Those [roster] decisions are made before the game.
Iím glad I could have a good game and help the team win...Itís tough, but at the
same time it was really just a numbers game. With Carlos here, I wouldnít get
TIGERS SP RICK PORCELLO: † "It feels good to finally help the team and get a win.
I felt I had pretty good life on my fastball and a good breaking ball...The first
inning is always a big inning to see where my fastball is at and what adjustments
need to be made. I need to keep it down in the zone, and my pretty good slider
today was a product of getting ahead with the fastballs. Thatís the key."
ANGELS SP TREVOR BELL: † "Itís just getting out of the big innings, thatís my
problem. A couple things go wrong and I change the way I pitch. Itís a dumb
rookie thing. I let things get to my head too much. Then instead of focusing on
a pitch Iím supposed to make, Iím thinking of where I donít want them to hit it
Ėand thatís where they hit it."
ANGELS MGR MIKE SCOSCIA: † "Trevor really had terrific command of his fastball [early].
As he lost it -- whether he was tired or lost his release point -- he was obviously affected.
Early on we couldn't have asked for more. He was painting...We had opportunities for
more [runs]. We created. It was obviously a small-ball lineup. Sometimes necessity is the
mother of invention. We had some chances early to get some leads and [then] battled back."
† † Izturis batted cleanup for the first time in his MLB career.
† † Detroit's 11th Sunday victory (11-8) are the most wins on any day of the week
† † HIGH NUMBERS: †Not one active Tiger player has a uniform number in the single
digits and 15 of the 25 Angels players have #40 or higher on their backs.
† † Tampa Bay opens a 3-game series with the Tigers in Downtown Detroit Monday
evening, the first of a pair of night games followed by a Wednesday matinee. In
order the Tiger probable pitchers are Armando Galarraga (3-4, 4.32), Max Scherzer
(7-8, 4.19) and Justin Verlander (12-7, 3.81). The Rays are scheduled to counter with
David Price (14-5, 2.82), Wade Davis (9-9, 4.45) and Matt Garza (11-6, 3.88).
† † The 3A Mud Hens were 3-2 losers at Charlotte Sunday. Former Tiger Casper Wells
went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a T-9th 2rHR (#18) for both of Toledo's tallies.
Ex-Tiger LHP Andy Oliver allowed 3-R/3-ER on 6-H & 3-W with 6-K in his 6.1-IP to take
the loss (1-2).
The last place 2A Erie SeaWolves won their fourth in a row and completed a 3-game
road series weekend sweep at Reading Sunday night, defeating the R-Phils 9-4. Wolves
CF Alden Carrithers had a perfect night at the plate going 3-for-3 plus a walk with a
double, solo homer (#1), 3-R & 3-RBI. Erie starter Duane Below allowed just 1-R/1-ER on
3-H & 2-W with 5-K in his 5.2-IP to get the victory (4-11).
† † A 9-R/T-1st carried Single-A West Michigan to a 21-10 slugfest win at Dayton Sunday.
The Whitecaps hit parade was led by RF Michael Rockett with a triple, a Grand Slam homer
(HR#7) and 5-RBI highlighting his 4-for-7 effort. Also 4-for-7 was 2B Corey Jones, who had
a pair of doubles and 4-RBI. After going a combined 2-for-6 with 1-W for the 'Caps Friday
and Saturday, injury rehabbing Tiger Guillen DNP Sunday.
The Single-A Short-Season Connecticut Tigers used a 4-R/T-3rd to post a 6-3 win at Brooklyn.
CA Julio Rodriguez was 3-for-5 with a 2rHR (#1). Starter Clemente Mendoza went 6-IP for the
win (3-5) and reliever Logan Hoch earned a 3-IP save (#4).
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