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JAYS FIGURE OUT FIGARO EARLY.....Toronto 5, TIGERS 4, Sa 8/28/10
Posted on: 08-28-2010

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      The Blue Jays jumped on Tiger spot
starter Alfredo Figaro for a 3-R/B-1st,
never trailed, and went on to down
Detroit 5-4 Saturday afternoon.
      The contest wasn't as close as the
final score implied. The Tigers scored
three times in their last at-bat off the
Blue Jays bullpen, in part because Toronto
traded the second out for a run.
      Meantime, Jays starter Brendan Morrow
continued his dominance at Rogers Centre,
running his record to 8-0 since his lone
home loss way back on April 14th.
      Morrow (10-6) is 5-0 in his last nine overall starts. In his last three home field
efforts Morrow has struck-out 17, 12 and "only" nine Tigers in his 6-IP Saturday.
      The only Tiger tally off Morrow was a T-2nd lead-off homerun blast to the
LField second deck by Miguel Cabrera (#33), Cabrera's second in as many games.      
      Three days after suffering an extra inning relief loss to Kansas City at Comerica
Park, Figaro (L, 0-2) made his first Detroit start of the year in place of Jeremy
Bonderman (sore right ribcage). Figaro managed to go 5-plus-IP on 69 pitches/44
strikes, but was tagged for all five Toronto runs (earned) on 8-H & 2-W with 1-K.
      Although he threw only 25 balls in his outing, Figaro walked Jays lead-off man
Fred Lewis on four straight pitches to begin the B-1st. Speedy Lewis stole second
and Yunel Escobar singled to short LField to put runners at the corners. Jose Bautista
tripled to CField to score both runners. Bautista then came home to make it 3-0 when
Vernon Wells grounded to SStop for Toronto's first out.
      The Blue Jays made it 4-1/B-3rd when Escobar led-off with a single, then scored
on a 2-out double down the RField line by Adam Lind.
      In the B-4th (Travis Snider of Toronto) and T-5th (Brandon Inge of Detroit) each team
had a runner thrown out at home, although replays suggested HP umpire Phil Cuzzi was
wrong on both calls.
      Aaron Hill led-off the T-6th with a double to chase Figaro. Snider greeted first Tiger
reliever Brad Thomas with a second consecutive two-bagger to allow the inherited
runner to score and make it 5-1.
      Detroit made it close with a 3-R/T-9th. A lead-off walk to pinch-hitter Austin Jackson,
a ground rule double to the LField corner by Ryan Raburn and (after a strikeout of Inge)
a walk to Jhonny Peralta loaded the bases off third Toronto reliever Scott Downs. An
RBI-G'out by Alex Avila moved up all the runners and put the score at 5-2. Blue Jays
closer Kevin Gregg replaced Downs to get the final out, but before he did (with a strikeout
of Ramon Santiago), Gregg (Sv#30) gave up a 2r2B to Casper Wells for the 5-4 final.         
      Snider was 3-for-4 and three Jays including Bautista (2-for-3 plus 1-W) had 2-H each.
      Wells (who entered the game as a pinch-hitter) went 2-for-2 and Raburn 2-for-4 for

      DET       4-8-1, 7-LOB            (L) Figaro, 0-2
      TOR       5-12-1, 7-LOB       (W) Morrow, 10-6; (S) Gregg, #30                  


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "[Figaro] Made too many bad pitches...He's got to get the ball
down better. A lot of what they hit was up. Throwing over the middle of the plate, those
are bad pitches; [he] can't do that. He's got to improve his breaking ball. He threw a couple
good changeups, [and] he certainly didn't embarrass himself."

TIGERS SP ALFREDO FIGARO:    "It was no nerves, really. You just come in so excited that you
have to calm down. You have to calm down and not be so quick. My fastball and breaking ball
were up, but it wasn’t mechanics. In the second inning, I calmed down. I wasn’t so excited.
And I got my pitches down."

TIGERS SS RAMON SANTIAGO:    "[Gregg] got me on a back-door slider. I was looking for a slider.
After Casper got that big hit with two out, I wanted to tie it. Maybe I was too anxious. I have
to have a short memory and come back tomorrow."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:    "[Morrow]   has almost like a rising, riding fastball. The way he
turns, he hides it well, so it looks a lot harder than it is. Then he's got a slider that looks
exactly like his fastball, so it's good deception. It makes him very tough. I've faced No. 1
starters on certain teams that weren't as good as him. He's got great stuff."

JAYS SP BRANDON MORROW:    "We came out of the gates against a guy [Figaro] who doesn't
have a lot of experience, so you want to jump on somebody like that. We got three early,
and I was able to hold them off...There's just a nice comfort level on the mound [at Rogers
Centre]. It's a nice backdrop, and you just feel comfortable out there...It's been really
gratifying to come here and pitch well [after a wintertime trade from Seattle]. I've been
allowed to develop as a starting pitcher."


    Roomates for three years in college at Cal, Morrow and Tiger Fielder Brennan Boesch
faced each other for the first time in theior respective big league careers. Morrow
struck-out Boesch all three times he faced his ex-roomie.
      Led by Morrow's 9-K, five Toronto pitchers combined to strike-out 15 Tigers with
every Jays hurler whiffing at least one batter.   
      Raburn extended his hitting streak to a career-high nine games.
      Detroit was 1-for-9 with RISP with only Wells' last chance 2r2B producing any result.
      The Sunday matinee series finale lists Toronto's Mark Rzepczynski (1-2, 6.31) and
Detroit's Rick Porcello (6-11, 5.43) as probable pitchers.

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