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DINGERED FOR A 2ND STRAIGHT GAME<
@ Toronto, ONT:
The Tiger bullpen lost an extra
inning contest for the second time in
three days Friday night in a 3-2, 11-INN defeat at Toronto.
Normally reliable Phil Coke (L, 7-3) retired only one of the four batters he
faced and yielded the GW-RBI-1B to Aaron Hill.
The Tigers went just 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded
Coke started strong with a 3-pitch strikeout of Adam Lind, who'd given the
Blue Jays a B-7th lead-off homerun (#18) past the 400-foot sign and up into
the blackened batter's eye in straightaway CField. However, Coke then yielded
an opposite field single to shallow right by John Buck and then walked free-
swinging Fred Lewis. With Buck pushed along to scoring position at 2Base by
the free pass, John McDonald came in as a pinch-runner for Buck and scored
on Hill's bloop single to RField.
Toronto's other tally was on Jose Bautista's 1-out solo blast (#42) to LField,
his second in as many games.
Detroit deadlocked the game on a T-6th lead-off homer by Miguel Cabrera
(#32). Cabby pulled a pitch from Jays starter Shaun Marcum down the LField
line and off the foul pole just a couple of feet above the wall at the 100-meter
The Tigers tied the contest a second time on a T-9th blown save by Blue
Jays closer Kevin Gregg. Austin Jackson hit Gregg's first pitch off the CField
wall for a triple. Then, with Detroit already 0-for-12 with RISP, Johnny Damon
1-out singled past 1Base through a drawn-in infield to plate Jackson.
Cabrera followed Damon's T-9th single with one of his own, but the Tigers
couldn't get the go-ahead run home. Detroit loaded the bases on two walks
sandwiched around a throwing error with 2-out in the T-10th, but couldn't get
the lead then either.
Sixth Toronto pitcher Shawn Camp tossed both extra innings without allowing
a hit to get the win (4-2).
Justin Verlander threw a season-high 127-pitches including 76 strikes and gave
Detroit its eighth consecutive quality start. Verlander yielded 2-R/2-ER on only
5-H & 2-W with 8-K. Four of the five basehits off Verlander were for extra bases
Cabrera went 2-for-4 plus 2-W one intentional) while Jackson, Damon and Jhonny
Peralta were all 2-for-6 at the plate for Detroit.
Bautista was 2-for-3 with 2-W and Buck & Hill were both 2-for-5 for Toronto.
DET 2-13-0, 16-LOB (L) Coke, 7-3
11-INN...TOR 3-8-1, 10-LOB (W) Camp, 4-2
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "This was one of the best games [Verlander] pitched all year
...We just had too many opportunities we let get away."
TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER: "With the stuff I had tonight, I should have given us a
little bit of a better chance. That homer to Lind, I'm pretty disappointed in that."
JAYS 2B AARON HILL: "I'm not going to say it was a good swing, but I got the barrel
underneath the ball and it ended up working out in our favor."
JAYS RP SHAWN CAMP: "It's always fun to run on the field like that [to celebrate a
walkoff win]. Aaron came up with a big hit right there."
The only unused Tiger bench player Friday was CA Gerald Laird, who was unavailable
due to back spasms.
Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Ryan Raburn hit the first pitch he saw from first Jays reliever Jesse Carlson in the
T-7th. Batting for Will Rhymes, it was Raburn's first pinch-hit of the season after an
0-for-11 performance in that role.
Friday marked the third time in his 27 starts this year Verlander has yielded 2-HR.
Four Tiger pitchers combined to strike-out a dozen Blue Jays in the 10.1-IP.
Buck struck-out in all three of his at-bats against Verlander, then singled in both
of his ABs against the Tiger bullpen.
Hill entered the game in a 1-for-24 slump.
Jays 1Bman Lyle Overbay deeped his slump to 0-for-12 with his B-5th called strikeout,
then left the game due to illness.
Saturday afternoon's third game of the series has a change in the Tiger rotation.
RHP Jeremy Bonderman was scratched due to right ribcage inflammation and his
place will be taken by RHP Alfredo Figaro (0-1, 5.79). Bonderman felt discomfort in the
T-3rd of his Monday start vs Kansas City and completed 6-IP. When the soreness
increased this week Bondo underwent tests which confirmed cartilage inflammation
between the rib cage. He will be evaluated on a day-by-day bases. RHP Brandon Morrow
(9-6, 4.39) is Toronto's probable pitcher Saturday.
The Toronto SUN reported Friday that Blue Jays relievers Gregg, Camp, Jason Frasor
and Scott Downs have all been claimed on waivers by unknown teams and Toronto now
has until Tuesday afternoon to pull back the waivers or work our trades for the bullpen
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