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WSOX STOP VERLANDER STREAK.....Chicago WSox 8, TIGERS 2, F 7/15/11
Posted on: 07-15-2011

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>>caption:   QUENTIN'S RBI-1B


      It took Tiger-Killer Gavin
Floyd to stop Justin Verlander's
9-game streak of allowing two
earned runs or less.
      Or was it the start of the annual Jim Leyland era Detroit second half
swoon that did the deed?
      The Chicago White Sox led all the way and topped the Tigers 8-2 Friday
night in the first game for both teams following the All-Star break.
      The Tiger loss and an Indians win in Baltimore dropped Detroit a full
game behind AL-Central leading Cleveland.
      Detroit's only runs came on a 390-foot, Miguel Cabrera 2rHR (#19) off
the top of the LField bullpen dugout with none out in the B-4th, a blast
that briefly brought the Tigers within 4-2.
      The opener of the weekend series drew an SRO crowd of 43,593, the
fourth Detroit sellout of the season and the largest CoPa crowd since
opening day.   
      Verlander allowed more runs in the WSox T-3rd than he had in any
of his previous nine starts. Chicago batted around and got 4-R on 5-H
& 1-W. Juan Pierre's attempted squeeze bunt, bobbled by Cabrera at
1Base, was generously scored an RBI-1B. Adam Dunn beat the shift with
a 2r1B past rover Ryan Raburn into RField. Carlos Quentin then reached
out and punched an opposite field RBI-1B to RField.
      The White Sox scored an unearned run off JV in the T-5th when Raburn's
error at 2Base to start the frame enabled Quentin to get a fielder's choice
RBI on what should have been the final out of the frame.
      The WSox added a 3-R/T-7th off first two Detroit relievers Lester Oliveros
and David Purcey with all the runs charged to Oliveros. Quentin hit an RBI-1B
past a diving Tiger 3Bman Don Kelly. Gordon Beckham added a bases-loaded
2r1B as Purcey permitted two inherited runners to score.
      Verlander lost (12-5) for the second time in three starts and yielded 5-R/4-ER
on 7-H & 2-W with 6-K. It's the second time this season Verlander gave up more
than 3-ER in a start. Verlander threw 110-pitches/77-strikes.
      Floyd went 7.2-IP and scattered 6-H & 1-W with 5-K. One of the two runs he
allowed was unearned. Before serving up Cabrera's homerun, Floyd had struck-out
Magglio Ordonez, but Maggs reached 1Bsase when WSox catcher A.J. Pierczynski
was chsarged with a passed ball on the third strike.
      Floyd won for the first time since June 1ST (0-4 & 2-ND in six starts). Floyd
improved to 7-9 on the season and 6-1 in 15 career starts vs Detroit.               
      The Tigers loaded the bases without result in each of their last two at-bats.
Victor Martinez struck-out on a high pitch foul-tip to end the B-8th threat. Brennan
Boesch first pitch grounded-out in the B-9th to end the game.
      Quentin went 3-for-5, Beckham 2-for-4 and Alexei Ramirez 2-for-5 at the plate
for the ChiSox.
      Cabrera went 2-for-3 and Martinez 2-for-4 for Detroit.

         CWS          8-12-0, 8-LOB          (W) Floyd, 7-9
         DET            2-7-1, 9-LOB               (L) Verlander, 12-5


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "[Verlander] certainly wasn't at the top of his game,
but he wasn't that bad. The one inning that they scored, they didn't hit a lot of
balls hard. He did make a couple of mistakes with breaking balls over the course
of the game."

TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER:    "I left a changeup up to Dunn. He hit it sharply in
the hole in that four-run inning. Other than that, slider off the plate to Quentin
and he hit it off the end of the bat and found a hole. Pierre had a bunt, Beckham
got jammed, hit a jam job down the left-field line that fell in. That's kind of the
way things go in this game. Guys are going to find holes sometimes. Sometimes
it's just their night. Obviously, I'm extremely disappointed with the results,
but I'm not too disappointed at the way I threw the ball."

TIGERS 1B MIGUEL CABRERA:    "We've got a lot of games in the division, so if
you're going to win our division, you've got to beat our division. We've got
to go get it tomorrow. We've got to play better and try to get [a win] tomorrow."

WSOX MGR OZZIE GUILLEN:    "Our offense went after them very well...[Verlander],
to me, is the best pitcher in the game right now. We made him throw a lot of
pitches and we did not swing at bad pitches. I don't think Justin was sharp at all.
He struggled from the beginning of the game trying to find the strike zone and we
took advantage of that."

WSOX 2B GORDON BECKHAM:    "Yeah, we just kind of scraped by a little bit
tonight it seemed like. I know in the inning where we first scored the runs, we
kind of battled up there and managed to find some holes."


      Cabrera's second basehit of the game, a B-6th single, was the 1,500th hit of
his MLB career.
      Starting both immediately before and after the All-Star break, Verlander became
the first Tiger pitcher to start consecutive games since Mickey Lolich in 1967.
      The last time a team batted around against Verlander was on 8/3/2009 when
Baltimore scored five first inning runs.
      Verlander had a 7-game win streak vs the White Sox snapped.
      Verlander failed to match the 10-game streak of Tiger HoFamer Hal Newhouser,
who in 1945 went 10 straight starts without allowing more than 2-ER.
      Floyd improved to 4-1 lifetime at Comerica Park.
      Dunn was in a 5-for-64 slump before his 2r1B.
      After the game the Tigers announced RHP Ryan Perry and INF Danny Worth
would both be optioned back to 3A Toledo. 2Bman Carlos Guillen, who hasn't played
in the majors yet this year, will be recalled from his injury rehab assignment at
Toledo and activated from the disabled list on Saturday. Also to be activated off
the DL Saturday wioll be reliever Al Alburquerque. Perry allowed 1-H & 1-W while
pitching a scoreless T-8th in Friday's Tiger loss.   
      The late Saturday afternoon middle game of the series features RHPs Max
Scherzer (10-4) of Detroit vs ex-Tiger Edwin Jackson (5-7) of the White Sox.


      Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat the Mud Hens 7-3 Friday night before a sellout Toledo
crowd of 10,300. THe loss ended Toledo's 4-game win streak.
      The Yankees loaded the bases off Hens reliever Jose Ortega (L, 0-3) in the T-8th.
Enrique Gonzalez replaced Ortega and allowed a Grand Slam to SWB 3Bman Kevin Russo
(HR#2) which snapped a 3-all tie.   
      In his final rehab game with the Hens, Guillen went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and run
scored. Guillen was ejected by HP umpire Toby Basner in the B-8th after being called-out
on strikes. Guillen hit .316 with 1-HR & 8-RBI in 11 games with Toledo. In 16 rehab games
with Lakeland, Erie and Toledo, Guillen went 16-for-57 for a .281-BA with 1-HR & 10-RBI.   


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