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TIGERS SLIDE BELOW .500 AGAIN.....Baltimore 2, TIGERS 1, Sa 10/2/10
Posted on: 10-02-2010

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>>caption:   COACH GENE LAMONT


      Punchless since slugger 1Bman
Miguel Cabrera suffered a high
ankle sprain last Monday, the
Tigers lost their sixth straight
Saturday night, 2-1 at Baltimore.
      Detroit fell to 80-81 on the year and must win Sunday afternoon's finale to finish
even on the season.
      It took until his last start of the season for Armando Galarraga to heed coaching
advice to work quicker and attack the strike zone more. Even so, he took the loss
(4-9) due to lack of support.
      Detroit took an early lead on a Brandon Inge 1-out/T-2nd solo homer (#12) to
      The Orioles tied the contest when Nick Markakis (#12) pulled the ball over the
25-foot RField wall with 1-out/B-4th.
      Baltimore won the game when Felix Pie led-off the B-5th with a double to RField,
moved to third on a groundout and came in for the 2-1 final when Matt Wieters sent
a deep sac-fly that was caught by Detroit's Austin Jackson against the CField wall.
      The rest of the game went quickly as it often does in October between two also-
ran teams.
      Galarraga needed only 91-pitches/63-strikes to toss a complete game. He allowed
just 3-H & 1-W with 7-K.
      Orioles starter Brian Matusz threw an even 100-pitches/61-strikes to get the win
(10-12). In his 6-IP Matusz gave up 2-H & 2-W and recorded a career-high 9-K. Fourth
O's pitcher Koji Uehara worked the T-9th for the save (#13).
      Tiger Ryan Raburn went 2-for-4 as the only player on either team with multiple hits.

      DET       1-3-0, 5-LOB         (L) Galarraga, 4-9
      BAL         2-3-1, 1-LOB       (W) Matusz, 10-12


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "We didn't play bad. We certainly didn't pitch bad. We didn't
do much offensively, obviously. You've got to give their pitcher a lot of credit for that...
You can't pitch much better than [Galarraga did], but their guy did just a little bit better."

TIGERS SP ARMANDO GALARRAGA:    ""I know I didn't have a good season, but I'm keeping
positive. It was better than last season. I still did better than last year, so hopefully next
year, I will do better than this year. I believe I'm a young pitcher. I believe I can learn a lot
...I was watching tape the other day, and I can see, when I throw strikes and attack the
zone, how good I can be. What happened today showed that I can be a really good pitcher
when I throw a lot of strikes...I learned a lot this season. I really did."

TIGERS INF RAMON SANTIAGO:    "[Matusz has] got good stuff. He's got a funky delivery. He
mixed it up, curveball, slider, good changeup, everything. It was tough. We got his pitch
count high early on, but we only scored one."   

ORIOLES SP BRIAN MATUSZ:    "I felt strong for being my 32nd start this year, It's a good feeling
knowing I came out this strong and I was able to finish the season [with] no injuries. That was
one of my goals, to be able to make all my starts and finishing strong like that really makes the
year a lot better."

ORIOLES RF NICK MARKAKIS:    "I'm finally getting consistent, but it's a little late. Early in the
year, I think guys were coming out there pressing, including myself, trying to do things to
win a ballgame. And you can't go out there and do it by yourself."


      Galarraga's only other complete game for Detroit this year was his June 2ND imperfect/
perfect game vs Cleveland at Comerica Park.
      Matusz won just one of 18 starts from May 24TH through July 29TH.
      Markakis homered for the second consecutive game and Uehara posted a save in the
second straight contest.
      The Orioles are 34-22 under Buck Schowalter, two more victories than under their two
previous managers this year combined. The Birds have won four in a row, three of those vs
      Perhaps as a test for next season's rotation , LHP Phil Coke (7-5, 3.57) will start Sunday's
finale for Detroit after 73 relief appearances this year. Baltimore will counter with Brad
Bergesen (8-11, 5.02).


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