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>>caption: INGE HOMERED AND
DOUBLED IN HIS RETURN<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
The Tigers scored twice in each
of the first two innings for a 4-0
lead on their way to a 10-1 thumping
of Cleveland Saturday night.
Welcomed back from exile in Toledo
with a standing ovation before his
first plate appearance, Brandon Inge
solo homered (#2) and clubbed an RBI-
G-Rule double in his first two at-bats
to help lead the offensive assault.
By the time Tiger starter Doug Fister departed after 7-IP, his mates
had staked him to a 10-1 advantage, roughly five times the run support he
averaged for the first four months of the season while pitching for Seattle.
Recalled after Friday's win over the Indians in the first game of the
weekend series, Inge doubled his Tiger homerun total with a B-2nd lead-off
shot to the first row of seats beyond the Tiger bullpen in LField. In the B-3rd
Inge's 2-out G-Rule double one-bounced up to the CField evergreens to make it
5-1. Inge's third at-bat in the B-5th also produced a run, but only because of
an error by Indians LFielder Michael Brantley.
Playing for the first time since Detroit acquired Delmon Young from Minnesota
on Monday, Magglio Ordonez got a start in RField and went 1-for-3 with 1-R & 1-RBI
(via a sac-fly).
Every Tiger in the lineup except Young (0-for-5) had at least one hit and six
collected RBIs with Inge and Ramon Santiago each getting 2-RBI.
Fister improved to 2-1 with 1-ND (5-13 overall) in his four Tiger starts. Both
wins have come at Comerica Park. Fister threw 106-pitches/69-strikes in his 7-IP
and scattered 6-H & 1-W to allow Cleveland's lone run on an impressive 385-foot/T-3rd
homerun to the visitors bullpen in LCField by Shin-Soo Choo (#6). Fister equaled his
season-high of 7-K (twice before).
Tribe starter David Huff (L, 1-2) didn't survive the 3rd-INN. He was charged with
5-R/5-ER on 4-H & 4-W in 2.1-IP. Huff's ERA in 5-GP and four starts with Cleveland
this season vaulted from 0.51 to 2.70.
First place Detroit (67-58) expanded its lead over second place Cleveland
to three and a half games in the AL-Central. Third place Chicago edged Texas
Saturday night 3-2 and the White Sox remained five games back of Detroit.
CLE 1-7-1, 9-LOB (L) Huff, 1-2
DET 10-13-1, 9-LOB (W) Fister, 5-13
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "[Fister] pitched like we think he can pitch, using all
his pitches and keeping them honest, going away, coming back in, off-speed stuff.
He got some outs without fastballs in fastball counts. He threw one really good
change-up behind in the count. He pitched smart. He pitched effectively...It
was great to see that from Brandon, because he earned so much respect by going
down to Toledo and getting things back together. You could see how much our
fans appreciated it with the ovations he was getting."
TIGERS SP DOUG FISTER: "It’s a good feeling. These guys put up a lot of runs
tonight. They’re known for hitting. It’s a fun ball club to be a part of. It makes
our job as a pitcher easier."
TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE: "I was flattered with the ovation, first of all. Secondly,
just trying to get a pitch out over the plate and just hit it. I'm not harping on
anything anymore. I learned my lesson about going at-bat to at-bat and getting too
caught up in numbers. But the ball came off and fortunately it was able to go over
the fence. I couldn't have written it up better. I was just kind of laughing. What a
year, you know?"
TIGERS CF AUSTIN JACKSON: "That was quite a display [Inge] put on tonight. It's
good to have him back and then on top of that, he went out and had a good game.
It's just good to see him back in there and doing well."
INDIANS SP DAVID HUFF: "I don't know what it was -- I was just trying to get the
ball down and find the strike zone. I couldn't throw anything for a strike, and
when I did, it was up and over the middle."
INDIANS MGR MANNY ACTA: "We were never in that game from the beginning."
The Tigers are 19-4 vs Cleveland at Comerica Park over the last three seasons.
The last time Inge had two extra base hits in the same big league game was exactly
one year earlier on 8/20/2010 in a 6-0 CoPa win over Cleveland.
Tiger 1Bman Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-4, an up-the-middle B-1st RBI-1B that
started the game's scoring. Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
Detroit CA Alex Avila continued his torrid August by going 2-for-2 plus 3-W with
a double & 2-R.
As part of the annual "Fiesta Tigres" celebration, the ceremonial first pitch
was thrown out by Guillermo "Willie" Hernandez, the 1984 AL MVP & Cy Young Award
winner for Detroit.
The second consecutive CoPa sellout of 44,629 was the season's second largest
home crowd, just 170 shy of the 44,799 Opening Day figure.
After farming him out Friday, the Indians recalled OFielder Ezequiel Carrera from
3A Columbus Saturday. Carrera replaced OFielder Shelley Duncan on the roster. Duncan
had been called up to take Carrera's place Friday, but was placed on the family medical
emergency DL Saturday for an undisclosed reason.
Probable pitchers for the Sunday matinee series finale are RHP Rick Porcello (11-8)
for the Tigers and RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0 with Cleveland, 7-9 overall) of the Indians.
Jimenez' only win in three Tribe starts was vs Detroit in Cleveland.
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