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NEAR DEJA VU.....TIGERS 6, Cleveland 0, F 8/20/10
Posted on: 08-20-2010

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      Facing the Indians for the first
time since his infamous imperfect/
perfect game back on June 2ND,
Armando Galarraga mowed down
Cleveland again in a 6-0 Friday night
Tiger victory.
      Galarraga retired the first 14
Tribesmen he faced, allowed 3-H &
0-W over his 7-IP and matched his
MLB career-high with 8-K. Galarraga
(W, 4-5) threw an even 100 pitches/
73 strikes.
      When it looked like Galarraga might
be chasing history again, back-to-back T-5th plays both kept his bid alive, then
ended it. Detroit 3Bman Brandon Inge dove and knocked down a Shelley Duncan
liner off his mit, got up, grabbed the ball and threw Duncan out at first for the
inning's second out. However, next batter Jayson Nix sent a deep fly to just
in front of the LField fence that glanced off the glove of retreating Don Kelly
for a double to end the perfecto try.
      Galarraga allowed 1-H in each of his last 3-IP.     
      Ryan Perry and Phil Coke each pitched a perfect relief inning to finish the
combined shutout.
      Indians starter Justin Masterson (L, 4-12) went 6-IP to give up 5-R/5-ER on
11-H & 1-W with 5-K. Masterson threw 113 pitches/76 strikes.
      The Tigers scored twice in the B-1st. Austin Jackson led-off with a single,
stole second and scored on a bunt by Will Rhymes when the throw to
1Base by CA Lou Marson was wild. Rhymes collided with 2Bman Luis Valbuena
when Valbuena tried to grab Marson's bad throw. Rhymes got up and went
to second on the play (ruled an INF-1B rather than a sacrifice), moved to
third on a groundout and scored on an RBI-1B by Miguel Cabrera. Miggy's
basehit was a one-bouncer off the RField wall and Cabrera was thrown out
attempting to stretch the single into a double.
      Detroit doubled its margin to 4-0/B-2nd on four consecutive 2-out singles
with Gerald Laird and Jackson getting the RBIs.
      The Tigs improved to 5-0/B-4th when a 2-out Rhymes RBI-1B scored Kelly,
who'd singled earlier in the inning.         
      Inge's third hit of the ballgame off Cleveland reliever Hector Ambriz in
the B-8th was a triple to CField. Kelly followed with his MLB career-high fourth
hit of the game, an RBI-2B off the RField wall to make it 6-0. The Tigers then
proceeded to load the bases with none out but could not score more.      
      Kelly went 4-for-4 with 2-R & 1-RBI and Inge fell a homerun shy of the cycle
with a 3-for-3, 2-R, 1-W performance. Jackson was 3-for-5 while Rhymes &
Cabrera were 2-for-5 each.
      The Tigers snapped a 3-game losing skid.

      CLE       0-3-1, 3-LOB               (L) Masterson, 4-12
      DET       6-16-0, 10-LOB       (W) Galarraga, 4-5   


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "It crossed my mind–is this the good Lord somehow, is he going
to pitch a perfect game because he didn’t get the other one? I did think that. I can’t lie.
But as usual, I was wrong...[Galarraga] controlled the strike zone tremendously through the
whole game. He made really good pitches, but he controlled the strike zone. He was ahead in
the count, threw the ball where he wanted to. He just pitched a whale of a game."

TIGERS SP ARMANDO GALARRAGA:    "I guess I’m just comfortable pitching against those guys.
Tonight, every pitch was in the zone, every pitch had a purpose and every pitch was on the
corner. I just kept getting better and better. The sinker was good, the changeup was
unbelievable and so was the slider."

TIGERS LF DON KELLY:    "It [Nix's double] was a tough play, but I wish I could have got it.
I was going full speed toward the wall, and I didn’t have a chance to look for the wall, so it
was tough."

INDIANS MGR MANNY ACTA:    "[Galarraga] was brilliant tonight, just like he was brilliant
against us the last time. He deserves all the credit for what he’s done to us. He just keeps
throwing strikes and they are all at the knees. That’s very tough to hit."

INDIANS 3B JAYSON NIX:    "Everyone knows what happened in that [June 2nd] game, so
when he got into the fifth inning again, it was on everyone’s mind. When Inge made that
play [on Duncan] – those are the plays you see in no-hitters–you started thinking about
it a little more. I know everyone in the crowd was thinking about it."


      Galarraga had only one win and a 5.12-ERA in his 12 MLB starts between his
two wins over the Indians, going 1-4 with 7-ND in that span.   
      Galarraga's previous 8-K effort was 4/10/09 vs his former Texas Rangers
team. He did whiff eight in a game earlier this season at the minor league level
with 3A Toledo (4/30/10 vs Syracuse).
      Kelly's previous big league high of 3-H in a game was 6/20/09 vs the Philadelphia
      Kelly is batting 12-for-26 (.462-BA) over his last 11 games.
      Masterson is 1-5 with 3-ND in his last nine starts.
      Detroit is 7-6 vs Cleveland this year including 6-1 at home.
      Before the game the Tigers optioned recently ineffective reliever Robbie Weinhardt
back to 3A Toledo and recalled RHP Alfredo Figaro from the Mud Hens. After a promising
start with Detroit, Weinhardt was 1-1 with a 9.17-ERA in 18 Tiger appearances and
allowed 3-R while getting just 1-out Thursday at the New York Yankees. Figaro was
10-6 with a 4.14-ERA in 23 starts with Toledo and had a 27.00-ERA in two-thirds of an
inning on May 12th vs the Yanks in an earlier 1-game callup to Detroit this season.
      During the game the Tigers announced a medical update on DLed RFielder Magglio
Ordonez. Sidelined since July 25th with a fractured right ankle, Ordonez had his cast
removed Friday. Repeat X-Rays and a CT scan were performed and Ordonez was placed
in a removable boot, but remains on crutches with limited weight bearing restrictions.   
      The Friday night crowd was 33,936 for the opener of a 6-game homestand.
      Saturday evening's probable pitchers for the middle game of the series are
Max Scherzer (8-9, 3.86) of Detroit and Josh Tomlin (1-2, 2.96) for Cleveland.



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