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>>caption: †DON KELLY'S EFFORTS WEREN'T
ENOUGH FOR DETROIT<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
† † Manny Ramirez had 3-H and A.J.
Pierczynski had 3-RBI to lift the Chicago
White Sox past the Tigers 5-4 in a 10-INN
Labor Day matinee.
† † Ramirez started the go-ahead rally and
and Pierczynski produced in the T-10th to
beat Detroit closer Jose Valverde (L, 2-4).
† † Ramirez singled to open the extra inning
and continued onward to 2Base on an error
by Detroit LFielder Ryan Raburn, who bobbled
Manny's single. Three batters later Pierczynski
also singled to LField and pinch-runner
Alejandro De Aza (who'd replaced Ramirez at 2Base) scored to snap the 4-all tie.
† † Locked in a division race with Minnesota, an AL-Central tussle that had Detroit
on top before the All-Star break, the White Sox won their seventh straight game.
to remain three and a half games back of the Twins. (The 68-70 third place Tigers
are 13 games off the pace.) The WSox also beat Detroit for the fifth time in six
meetings at Comerica Park this year.
† † The late Chicago win overshadowed an excellent afternoon by Tiger UTIL Don
Kelly. Kelly capped a 2-R/B-1st with an RBI-1B for an early 2-0 Detroit lead. Kelly
put the Tigs ahead a second time with his 2rHR (#6) to the RField stands in the B-4th
for a 4-3 score. On the defensive side †Kelly robbed Chicago's Mark Kotsay with a sliding
catch in the LCField gap to help choke-off a T-2nd visitors rally which had deadlocked
the contest AND also took a hit away from Omar Vizquel with an over-the-shoulder
grab down the LField line to start the T-3rd.
† † Still, at crunch time, LHand hitting Kelly was benched in favor of RHand hitting
Raburn when LHP Chris Sale came into the game in the B-8th. Raburn promptly sent
an easy flyball to LField on Sale's first pitch to drop to 2-for-15 as a pinch-hitter this
year and Raburn later made the key T-10th error.
† † The win went to White Sox southpaw sidearming sensation Sale (1-1). The first
player from the 2010 draft to reach the majors, Sale retired all eight Tigers he
faced to earn his first big league victory. Sale recorded 3-K, one in each frame he
pitched, and lowered his MLB ERA to a microscopic 0.66 in a dozen relief appearances.
† † The game had shaped up as a duel between two dominating RHanders, Max Scherzer
of Detroit and Edwin Jackson of Chicago. The two were traded for each other this past
winter in the 3-team deal between the Tigers, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Jackson was subsequently shipped by the D'Backs to the Windy City. In his 18 starts
entering Monday since recall from 3A Toledo in late May, Scherzer had gone 9-5 with a
2.11-ERA. Jackson was unbeaten at 3-0 with 2-ND and a 1.47-ERA †since being acquired
by the WSox.
† † However on Monday, neither starter was much above average. Both lasted 7.1-IP to allow
4-R.Scherzer gave up 9-H & 2-W with 6-K plus a HBP and a WP. Jackson yielded 7-H amd 1-W
with 6-K. Scherzer threw 116 pitches/78 strikes and Jackson 110 pitches/71 strikes.
† † The Tigers started hot vs Jackson with basehits by the first three batters and four of
the first five. Johnny Damon singled home Austin Jackson before Kelly's B-1st RBI-1B for the
quick 2-0 bulge.
† † The WSox tied the game 2-all/T-2nd when their first four batters reached base against
Scherzer on 3-H & 1-W. Pierczynski hit a bases-loaded, 2r1B up-the-middle before Scherzer
recovered to retire the next three men to end any further threat.
† † Chicago went ahead 3-2 in the T-4th. Scherzer grazed lead-off man Andruw Jones with
an inside pitch and Jones moved up to second on a wild pitch. Four batters later Juan Pierre
singled to CField to score Jones from third. This inning ended when Mark Kotsay was thrown
out at the plate attempting to score from second on an Omar Vizquel single to medium depth
RField. Brennan Boesch fired a one-hop throw to Tiger CA Alex Avila, who blocked the plate
with his left leg and applied the tag to Kotsay.
† † The White Sox retied the contest in the T-8th. Jones 1-out singled to end Scherzer's
outing. First Tiger reliever Phil Coke retired Pierczynski on a deep fly to RField. Then, with
second Tiger bullpenner Ryan Perry tossing to WSox pinch-hitter Alexei Ramires, pinch-runner
Brent Lillibridge stole second with a head-first slide which allowed his fingertips to get into the
bag just ahead of the tag. The Go-Go White Sox strategy paid off when Alexei Ramirez delivered
an RBI-1B to LCField to put the score at 4-4. † † †
† † Four White Sox batters had multiple hits.
† † Kelly was 2-for-3 and Damon 2-for-4 at the plate for Detroit.
† † The Tigers did not score and had only 3-H in the 7-INN following Kelly's homer.
† † Detroit thought they'd gone ahead 6-4/B-8th when Brandon Inge appeared to
hit a 2-out, 2rHR down the LField line. WSox MGR Ozzie Guillen immediately jumped
out of the dugout to protest as Inge circled the bases, and he was right. Replay
review overturned the original decision when it showed Inge's towering drive
went left/foul of the fair/foul pole. †
10-INN.....CWS † † 5-13-0, 10-LOB † † (W) Sale, 1-1
† † † † † † † † †DET † † †4-9-1, 5-LOB † † † † †(L) Valverde, 2-4
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: † "It was a real good ballgame. We just didn't execute a couple
pitches and we got burnt...[Perry] left the slider right up there for them, and they didnít
miss it.You have to make big pitches at the right time, in big situations, and he just left
it up...Valverdeís fine. Heís our closer and thatís the way it is."
TIGERS UTIL DON KELLY: † "Obviously, I wanted to get up there and compete [when
he was called back for a pinch-hitter in the B-8th], but Skip thought it was better
for Raburn to go up....[Kotsay's B-2nd sinking liner] was closer to me than I thought it
was when I came in to dive. When the ball goes up, especially from a lefty, it gets in the
lights and you canít really see it real well."
TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE: † "[His B-8th flyball] †started so far fair as soon as it came off and
then it started hooking early. Then I just had a feeling. You can kind of tell. It didn't quite
get there. I knew it was gone. I knew it had the distance, just didn't have the direction."
TIGERS SP MAX SCHERZER: † "I was leaving the ball up, and they were taking advantage of
that. I wanted to execute a few pitches better, but thatís baseball. They put the bat on
the ball and made some good contact...Fortunately for me, the defense came up big,
preventing it from being worse than it was."
WSOX CA A.J. PIERCZYNSKI: † "Keep battling, not giving away at-bats. Nobody is panicking
...We're just going in there [each at-bat] to fight and see what happens..."We're just
finding ways to win games."
WSOX 3B OMAR VIZQUEL: † "This is the last three weeks of the season, and we have to
give it all we can right now."
WSOX SP EDWIN JACKSON: † "It was one of those games you don't have your best stuff,
but you don't want to show it. You have to go out and still have the same mind frame as
if you did have good stuff."
WSOX RP CHRIS SALE: † "I'm just trying to do my best every time I get in the game and
help the team win."
† † Scherzer miss a chance to become the first Tiger pitcher since 1945 to allow one or
fewer earned runs in six consecutive starts.
† † The Tigers played extra innings for the sixth time in their last 12 games with a
2-4 record in those contests.
† † Including Monday, the WSox have scored 20 of their 28 runs in the last six games
after the 6th-INN.
† † Jackson is 2-0 with 2-ND and a 2.61-ERA in four starts vs Detroit this season.
† † By playing in Monday's game, the 43-year old Vizquel appeared in his 2,832nd MLB
contest to set a new record for a foreign-born player. Visquel had been tied with Rafael
Palmerio for that mark.
† † Pierczynski extended his hitting streak to 13 games. †
† † WSox 1Bman Paul Konerko sat out with lower back stiffness and remains listed as day-
† † Tiger 2Bman Carlos Guillen may be lost for the season. DLed on AUG 17TH
for a deep left knee contusion, Guillen's knee has not improved since.
† † Tuesday night's probable pitchers for the second game of the series are
Justin Verlander (14-8, 3.61) for Detroit and Freddy Garcia (11-5, 4.82) of
Struggling most of the second half due to all the Detroit call-ups, the 3A
Toledo Mud Hens ended their season on an upbeat note Monday. The Hens beat
arch-rival Columbus 5-2 for Toledo's fourth consecutive win and 14th "W" in the
last 22 games to finish 70-73. Mud Hens CA Robinson Diaz waited until the final
day of the season to get his only homerun, a 2rHR in the B-2nd. LHP Ryan Ketchner
threw 7-IP with 6-K to allow 2-R on just 3-H for the win (6-5) before a 5th/3rd Field
crowd announced as 8,327.
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