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BUMS BEST BENGALS AGAIN.....LA Dodgers 6, TIGERS 1, T 6/21/11
Posted on: 06-21-2011

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      Tiger bats were largely
silent for a second consecutive
night in Tuesday's late loss at
the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-1.
      After striking-out 11 times
in a 4-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw
on Monday, Bengal batters
whiffed 11 more times against
five Dodger hurlers Tuesday.   
      Detroit lost for the fourth time
in five games on its western interleague road trip.
      All six Dodger runs came off Tiger starter Max Scherzer (L, 9-3), who
failed to become the first 10-game winner in the big leagues this year.
      The lone Tiger tally briefly tied the game 1-all/T-4th when Don Kelly drew
a lead-off walk, then scored when Brennan Boesch and Victor Martinez both
followed with singles. Dodger starter Chad Billingsley (W, 6-6) then settled
down to retire the next three Tigers and prevent a big inning.
      Not in the starting line-up for the first time all season, Tiger slugger
Miguel Cabrera pinch-hit in the T-6th with the bases loaded, 1-out and a 4-1
score. Cabrera grounded into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
      James Loney doubled and scored on a 1-out RBI-1B by A.J. Ellis to give the
Dodgers a 1-0/B-2nd lead. A bases-loaded forceout at the plate helped
Scherzer escape the frame without further damage.
      When Detroit deadlocked the contest in the T-4th, the Dodgers went
right back into the lead on a 2-out tapper which Tony Gwynn Jr. beat out
to score Aaron Miles from 3Base.
      Andre Ethier blasted a 3-0 pitch into the RField stands for a 2rHR (#7) to
make it 4-1/B-5th.
      Pinch-hitter Trent Oeltjen and lead-off man Dee Gordon had back-to-back,
2-out, RBI-doubles in the B-6th for the 6-1 final.
      Boesch and Martinez both went 2-for-4 for Detroit. The top four Tiger
hitters had six of the seven Bengal base-knocks with Casper Wells, who
pinch-hit for Scherzer in the T-7th, getting the other.
      Miles went 2-for-3 as the only Dodger with multiple hits.
       The Dodgers won their third straight.
      The Tigers stayed a game behind AL-Central leading Cleveland. The
Indians lost their second consecutive home game to Colorado Tuesday night.

         DET          1-7-0, 7-LOB            (L) Scherzer, 9-3
         LAD          6-9-0, 9-LOB          (W) Billingsley, 6-6                  
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "I thought Scherzer actually threw he ball well
...His control wasn't real sharp...We ran into a couple hot pitchers the last
two nights."         

TIGERS SP MAX SCHERZER:    "Early in the game they were just gettin' some hits
to fall...Tonight I just wasn't able to finish it off, I wasn't able to execute my

DODGERS 1B JAMES LONEY:    "I've played with [Billingsley] since the minor
leagues...He always has a higher pitch count, but he finds a way to get out
of it."


      The Tigers announced the signing of four 2011 draft choices Tuesday.
Jason Krizan (OF, Dallas Baptist University, 8th-Rd), Dean Green (1B, Barry
University, 11th-Rd), Patrick Smith (OF, Middle Georgia College, 14th-Rd) and
Dan Bennett (RHP, Florida State University, 19th-Rd) all came to terms.
        The Tigers also agreed to terms with three non-drafted free agents in
CA Wes Thigpen and SS Jonathan Ogden (both from Mississippi State University)
plus INF-OF Zach Maxfield (Florida Gulf Coast University).
        Thursday afternoon's series finale lists LHP Ted Lilly (5-6) of LAD vs RHP Rick
Porcello (6-5) for Detroit as probable pitchers.


      A 3-R/B-6th carried the Columbus Clippers to a 4-3 home win over the 3A
Toledo Mud Hens Tuesday night.
      On an injury rehab stint with the Hens, Tiger 3Bman Brandon Inge hit a pair
of solo homers (#1 & #2) to account for most of Toledo's offense. Inge went 2-for-4
and is batting .240 during his Mud Hens stint.
      Mud Hens starter Duane Below allowed 4-R/4-ER in his 6-IP to take the loss.
      Also on injury rehab, Tiger LHP Brad Thomas pitched two scoreless relief frames
following Below to allow 1-H & 1-W with 1-K to lower his Triple-A ERA to 1.50.
      Toledo is 30-43 on   the season.                        


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