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>>caption: GALARRAGA (L) AND
AVILA (R) HAD HARSH WORDS<<
@ CHICAGO, IL:
Although they blew a 5-1 lead
the Tigers bounced back to beat
the White Sox 13-8 Sunday.
The matinee victory gave the
Tigers their first 3-game road series
win since the season's opening trip
to Kansas City way back on April
Detroit's season-high of 13-R
marked the first time the slumping
Tiger offense produced double digit tallies since a 12-9 July 5th home win
Sunday's fireworks included a pair of homeruns by Jhonny Peralta (#10
& #11), solo shots by Ryan Raburn (#6) and Miguel Cabrera (#27) and a dugout
argument after the 1st-INN between Detroit starter Armando Galarraga and
catchers Alex Avila & Gerald Laird. Galarraga took a swing at Laird as the pitcher
was being restrained by LFielder Johnny Damon.
The dugout pull-apart, not shown on the FS-Detroit telecast, was over game
plan. It appeared to serve as a kick in the pants for Galarraga, who hasn't won
in his last eight starts.
Galarraga managed to go the minimum 5-IP to qualify for the win, yielding 3-R in
the B-5th to get Chicago close at 5-4. Galarraga had an elevated pitch count of 104/66
First Detroit reliever Robbie Weinhardt negated Galarraga's victory claim when he
surrendered a 3-R/B-6th to put the WSox ahead 7-5. Paul Konerko snapped a brief 5-all
tie when he belted a 2rHR (#29).
The Sox also got a solo homer by Andruw Jones (#16) on the first pitch thrown by
fourth Tiger pitcher Ryan Perry in the B-8th to get Chicago back to a 9-8 deficit. In the
top of that inning Detroit took a 9-7 advantage when Jones misjudged a 2r3B off the
CField wall by Damon, then Jones allowed Damon to score when Jones flat out dropped a
flyball off the bat of Tiger pinch-hitter Brandon Inge.
Seven different Tigers had 2-H each with Peralta having a 2rHR & solo blow for 3-RBI
and his second two homer game as a Tiger. Damon, Don Kelly & Carlos Guillen had 2-RBI
each and Austin Jackson (2-for-4 with 2-W) scored 3-R.
Jones went 3-for-4 at the plate for Chicago.
Tiger-Killer Freddy Garcia took a second consecutive no-decision against Detroit. The
WSox RHP allowed 5-R/5-ER on 8-H & 2-W in 5-IP to yield more than 3-ER for the first time
in his four starts vs Detroit this year.
ChiSox reliever J.J. Putz suffered his second blown save (#3) and loss (5-5) in as many
days vs Detroit.
The third of five Tiger pitchers, Brad Thomas twirled a scoreless B-7th for the win (5-1).
The win kept the third place Tigers (57-60) 10.5 games behind first place Minnesota in
the AL-Central and dropped the second place White Sox to three games back of the Twins.
The Tigers won consecutive games for the first time since July 21st-22nd, won their first
road series since taking a two game set in Oakland on May 19th-20th and won their first
series of any kind since the All-Star break.
DET 13-16-1, 9-LOB (W) Thomas, 5-1
CWS 8-11-1, 7-LOB (L) Putz, 5-5
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "[Galarraga] should be upset at himself about not holding that
game down...when you are a pitcher and a catcher, every now and then you get your
signals crossed...That little skirmish in the dugout? I kind of liked it...That was a huge hit
Johnny [Damon] got. The guys kept battling...I'm not saying we've been doing good, because
we haven't. We've been doing terrible. But it's not because of lack of effort. Anybody that
says it's lack of effort, they're out of their minds. It's been hard for these guys."
TIGERS SP ARMANDO GALARRAGA: "My slider was moving a lot. It was hard to throw for strikes.
It's been a long time since my slider moved like that. I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad
thing...We’re both competing and it just got a little heated. It was just a misunderstanding.
That’s it. You always try to make a plan, and sometimes the plan is not right."
TIGERS CA ALEX AVILA: "After that [arguement], he had a little fire. He went out there and
pitched well, gave us a chance...It was a little surprising and probably out of character for
both of us."
TIGERS LF JOHNNY DAMON: "All I know is dissension breeds winning. We should’ve [had a
blow up] earlier."
WSOX MGR OZZIE GUILLEN: "Very bad. Very bad pitching. When we pitch well we're not
hitting and that combination makes for a very poor homestand...To be honest with you, the
ballclub didn't have energy today. Even though we scored eight runs I didn't see any energy
today in the ballclub."
WSOX SP FREDDY GARCIA: "I blame myself. I pitched terrible...I have to get into the groove
and start throwing the ball better."
Peralta's first of two homers snapped an 0-for-16 slump.
Jeff Frazier pinch-hit for fellow struggling rookie Brennan Boesch in the T-7th. Frazier struck-
out on three pitches, played an inning in RField, was pinch-hit for by Inge in the T-8th and then
Frazier was optioned back to 3A Toledo after the game.
Brought up from the Mud Hens to take Frazier's roster spot was reliever Daniel Schlereth to
give the Tigers an extra LHP in the bullpen for the upcoming series vs the Yankees in New York.
WSox pitching coach Don Cooper was ejected in the 7th-INN for arguing pitch calls from the
dugout with HP umpire Jeff Nelson.
Tiger closer Jose Valverde, who hasn't pitched since Wednesday, remained sidelined with a
WSox closer Bobby Jenks remained sidelined with back spasms and may be DLed Tuesday (the
date of Chicago's next game).
Longtime WSox TV play-by-play announcer Hawk Harrelson missed the game due to an illness
in his family. There is no word on how long Harrelson may be away from the mic.
The Tigers open a 4-game series at Yankee Stadium beginning Monday night. The set includes
three evening games and a Thursday matinee. Scheduled Tiger starting pitchers are, in order:
Max Scherzer (7-9, 4.03), Justin Verlander (13-7, 3.72), Jeremy Bonderman (6-8, 5.16) and Rick
Porcello (5-10, 5.53). The Pinstripers are scheduled to counter with Javier Vazquez (9-8, 4.90),
C.C. Sabathia (15-5, 3.14), Dustin Moseley (2-2, 4.41) and Phil Hughes (14-5, 3.94).
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