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@ CLEVELAND, OH:
Doug Fister set a new career
high with 13 strikeouts and
Victor Martinez gave Fister all
the support he'd need with a
mammoth T-4th 3rHR (#9) as the Tigers beat Cleveland 4-2 Monday afternoon
in the opener of a 3-game series.
The win dropped the second place Indians seven and a half games behind
the 79-62 first place Tigers in the AL-Central. The third place White Sox
recovered from a 3-game weekend sweep at Detroit to win a day-night,
Labor Day doubleheader at Minnesota to gain back a half game and Chicago
now trails Detroit by eight games.
Fister fanned the unlucky 13 Tribesmen while throwing only 101-pitches/
72-strikes in his 8-IP. Fister whiffed five different Indians twice each and
rookie 3Bman Lonnie Chisenhall was the only Indian not to go down on strikes.
Fister allowed 2-R/2-ER on 4-H, 1-W & 1-HBP. Fister improved to 4-1 since
joining Detroit in a late July trade with Seattle and is 7-13 overall.
Jose Valverde pitched a perfect B-9th to get his 41st save in 41 chances
With the game still scoreless in the B-3rd, the Indians loaded the bases on
a HBP of Jason Donald, an error by Tiger 2Bman Ramon Santiago and an INF-1B
by Kosuke Fukodome. Fister struck-out Asdrubal Cabrera swinging to escape
Delmon Young 1-out singled and Miguel Cabrera walked off Cleveland starter
Ubaldo Jimenez in the T-4th. Martinez then blasted a 400-foot-plus 3rHR deep
into the RField seats to snap the scoreless deadlock.
Cleveland's first run was Fister's fault. Donald led-off the B-5th with a
single and went to third on a wild Fister pick-off throw past 1Base. With 1-out
Donald came home on a Grady Sizemore RBI-G'out to SStop.
The Tigers got that run back when reliever Joe Smith replaced Jimenez (L, 8-11
overall including 2-2 with the Wahoos) in the T-8th. The Tigers loaded the bases
with 1-out and Santiago (who'd greeted Smith with a double) came in on an RBI-G'out
by Miguel Cabrera to make it 4-1 and quickly chase Smith.
Fister's one big mistake was a 1-out solo blast to RCField by Fukodome (#5
overall including #2 with Cleveland)) in the B-8th.
Fukodome was 2-for-4 for the Indians.
Santiago went 2-for-3 and Young 2-for-4 for Detroit.
DET 4-5-2, 6-LOB (W) Fister, 7-13; (S) Valverde, #41
CLE 2-4-0, 5-LOB (L) Jimenez, 8-11
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "You can't hardly pitch any better than [Fister]
pitched today. That's Major League pitching at its best. It may not have been
overpowering, but that's Major League pitching at its best...He throws quality
strikes. Some pitchers throw strikes, but quality strikes and strikes are two
TIGERS SP DOUG FISTER: "You know, what happened today [with 13-K] is something
that's a little different. But I still take the mentality of going out there and getting
quick contact and using my defense...The pitches early on kind of set up the rest
of the game. Whether I'm looking in or looking away, it just kind of keeps the hitter
thinking. That's part of my game is just making the hitter think, and thinking about
different pitches that could possibly be thrown."
TIGERS DH VICTOR MARTINEZ: "I was looking for the fastball. [Jimenez] was really
aggressive early in the game with the fastball. He was throwing fastballs pretty much
to everybody. He just threw me one right down the middle and I put a good swing on it."
INDIANS SP UBALDO JIMENEZ: "Since the first pitch of the game, I was really excited.
I let everything go at the beginning of the game. I know we're chasing them. They're
in first place and we're going to try to do everything possible to go after them...
[Martinez is] one of the best hitters. He's going to make you pay every time you make
a mistake like that."
In Fister's last four Tiger starts he has 31 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings to
go with a 3-0 record and 0.91 ERA.
Fister's previous career strikeout high for a single game was nine.
Elias Sports Bureau research indicates no other American League pitcher had
struck out 13 batters and lasted eight innings with fewer than 102 pitches since
at least 2000, when it started keeping pitch-count data with every game.
Detroit's seven and a half game lead in the largest of any American League
division this year. It's Detroit's largest divisional lead since 2006, the year the
Tigers blew the first place bulge but still reached the World Series as a wild card
The Tigers brought up CA Omir Santos from 3A Toledo for a fourth time this
season on Monday. INF Danny Worth is expected to be recalled from the Mud Hens
Cleveland activated Sizemore from a six week stint on the DL prior to gametime.
RHPs Fausto Carmona (6-13) of Cleveland and Rick Porcello (12-8) of Detroit are
the probable pitchers for Tuesday night's middle game of the series.
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