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>>caption: AVILA'S 2r2B PUT THE
@ CHICAGO, IL:
The Tiger bats were silent
most of the night, but suddenly
exploded for a 6-R/T-7th and
went on to win 9-2 at the Chicago
Following a series sweep by AL-Central leader Minnesota (before the Tigers
arrived on the South Side) that all but put an end to the WSox playoff hopes,
second place Chicago is in free-fall having now lost 8-of-10. Detroit ended a
2-game losing skid to get their first victory on a 5-game road trip.
Tiger starter Max Scherzer frustrated most of the WSox hitters with 11-K
in 8-IP to get the win (11-10) via his fourth 2-hitter of the season.
However, the shoe could have been on the other foot because the only
two hits Scherzer allowed both went the distance and the Sox were in
position to frustrate the Detroit RHander because Chicago held a 2-0 lead
entering the 7th-INN. Manny Ramirez socked a B-4th solo shot (#1) halfway
up the LField lower bowl and rookie call-up Brent Morel sent another solo
blow (#2) to the first row of the LCField seats in the B-5th. Both Chicago
homers came with 2-outs in their respective innings.
Scherzer struck-out five of the first seven batters he faced,. His 11-K
were the second most this season and his 121-pitches (79 strikes) were
the second most of his MLB career. Scherzer walked two.
Detroit reliever Ryan Perry finished up in a scoreless T-9th.
Ex-Tiger Edwin Jackson was bidding for his second No-Hitter of the year
with two different teams until the speed of Detroit's Austin Jackson let A-Jax
beat out an INF-1B to SStop with 2-outs in the B-6th.
The Tigers then battered both Edwin Jackson and reliever Scott Linebrink
in the T-7th. With Edwin having issues with the "landing zone" and ocasionally
slipping on the mound while also suffering cramps in his right (non-landing leg)
calf muscle, Detroit put a half dozen runs on the board via five hits, a walk and
a costly wild pitch. Jackson took the loss (9-12).
Miguel Cabrera sent a 1-out, broken bat single to RField to start the Tiger
assault. Don Kelly likewise singled to RField to put runners at the corners.
Edwin Jackson wild-pitched Cabrera home and Kelly to second on a 3-0 pitch
to Ryan Raburn, then completed the four pitch walk (Raburn's third free pass of
the night). Jhonny Peralta singled to LField and Kelly scored from second to tie the
game at 2-2 as Detroit took advantage of the weak outfield arm of Juan Pierre.
Edwin exited and Linebrink entered and Brandon Inge struck-out to make it 2-on
& 2-out. Alex Avila then doubled over the head of Sox CFielder Andruw Jones to give
Detroit its first lead at 4-2. Austin Jackson clobbered a 2-2 pitch, 96-mph fastball
to the first row of the CField seats for a 2rHR (#4) to cap the 6-R frame.
The Tigers added a 3-R/T-9th off fourth ChiSox pitcher Carlos Torres on back-to-
back RBI doubles by Peralta and Inge plus a sac-fly from Will Rhymes.
The only players in the game with multiple hits were Peralta (2-for-4 with 2-R & 2-RBI)
and Austin Jackson (2-for-5 with 1-R & 2-RBI).
DET 9-10-0, 4-LOB (W) Scherzer, 11-10
CWS 2-3-1, 3-LOB (L) E.Jackson, 9-12
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: [Scherzer] pitched a great ballgame and Jackson pitched
great as well...I think the difference is [Scherzer] has confidence in all of his pitches
now [unlike early in the season]...He's been one of the best pitchers in the league."
TIGERS SP MAX SCHRZER: "[I] Made a couple mistakes, made a lot of good pitches...
Edwin pitched a good game and...fortunately enough we were able to get some [runs]
in the seventh...It's just a matter of executing pitches."
TIGERS CA ALEX AVILA: "I think we just got to [Edwin Jackson] in that inning...We put
some hits together...I was just lookin' for something in the zone...I think he missed his
spot and I was able to hit it [for his 2r2B]...[Scherzer] was pretty nasty today...He just
did a very good job hitting his spots and changing speeds...We're tryin' to catch
[Chicago] and finish the season in second place."
TIGERS CF AUSTIN JACKSON: "I definitely gotta use speed...Glad that I got it in at that
time of the game [to break-up the No-Hit bid]...I actually didn't even know it [his homer]
was gone...I don't hit that many."
TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE: "[Scherzer] threw the ball unbelievable...Edwin on the other
side had a No-Hitter goin' the majority of the game...That was a good game. We battled
through that one."
WSOX SP EDWIN JACKSON: "I'm not the one to make excuses. If I'm going to stay out
there I have to get the job done, but I could feel [the cramping]."
WSOX DH MANNY RAMIREZ: "I'm just trying to find that feel that I always have all year
round. I'm just going to go out there and swing and see what happens and stay aggressive."
Scherzer recorded his fifth MLB career double-digit strikeout game.
Inge's 27th double of the season in the T-9th was the 200th of his MLB career.
Austin Jackson's homerun was the 11th allowed by short reliever Linebrink this year.
Cabrera of Detroit (1-for-4) and Mark Teahen of the WSox (0-for-4) each struck-out
four times. Teahen whiffed swinging against Perry to end the game.
After the game Tiger MGR Jim Leyland said LHP Phil Coke will be Detroit's closer
for an indefinite period until RHP Jose Valverde resolves an unspecified pitching-
The third WSox hit was a pinch-hit single by Dayan Viciedo in the B-9th off Perry.
Edwin Jackson's defeat was his first in nine career games including seven starts vs
The Ramirez longball was his first extra base hit, first homerun and first RBI in his
15 games since Manny came to the Sox from the Los Angeles Dodgers on waivers.
Between LA and Chicago Ramirez has nine homeruns this year, but had gone homerless
in 84 at-bats. His homer was the 555th of Ramirez' big league career.
The White Sox wore kelly green caps and socks and green pinstriped uniforms
as part of a "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" promotion. Some fans received green caps
too and 28,563 came to watch.
The White Sox now trail the Twins by nine games and lead the third place Tigers
(73-74) by six games.
The game two probable pitchers in the weekend series are rookie RHP Lucas Harrell
(1-0) of the White Sox and Justin Verlander (16-8) of Detroit. Harrell will start in place of
Freddy Garcia (back injury). In his only career appearance vs the Tigers Harrell threw
four innings to allow 4-R/0-ER on 6-H & 3-W with 2-K at Comerica Park on SEPT 7TH.
Saturday's game has a 4:10pm/ET start for a FOX regional telecast.
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