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RAYS SWEEP TIGERS.....Th, 4/20/17
Posted on: 04-20-2017

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>>caption:  TYLER COLLINS (#18)


    As they did in Tuesday night's
series opener, the Tigers got a first
inning solo homerun but didn't score
again in an 8-1 Thursday matinee
loss at Tampa Bay.

    Not only did Detroit lose a series for the first time this season, they
were swept by the Rays (home or away) for the first time since 2010.

    Ian Kinsler sent a pull-shot to the unoccupied LField camera platform
for his third homer of the season and his 41st career lead-off homerun.

    In his first start of the season, Rays RHP Erasmo Ramirez (W, 2-0)
retired the next 11 Tigers following Kinsler's game-starting blast.  Ramirez
set down 15 of the next 16 batters he faced over his 5-IP with 5-K.

    Detroit would get only five hits total including two meaningless T-9th
safeties.  Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-3 plus a walk.

    T-Bay lead-off man Steven Souza Jr. was 3-for-5 with a double, triple
and homer including 3-R & 3-RBI.

    Four misplays in the first two innings continued Detroit's defensive
woes and contributed to the first career road defeat (7-1) for lefty Daniel
Norris (L, 1-1).

    Tyler Collins over-ran Souza's B-1st lead-off double to RField.  Souza
scored from 3Base to tie the game on a 2-out throwing error by SStop
Dixon Machado.

    Machado's deflection of a lead-off grounder by Tim Beckham in
the B-2nd (ruled a hit) set the stage for Souza's bases-loaded triple
that was botched by Collins near the RField line, taking a high bounce
on the artificial turf over Collins' head.  That gave the Rays a 4-1 lead.

    Rickie Weeks Jr. scored on a soft Beckham grounder to 3Baseman
Castellanos in the B-5th.  Beckham should have already been retired,
but Norris and 1Bman Alex Avila collided chasing a pop foul near the
1Base dugout.  One batter later (a walk ) Norris was removed.

    Warwick Saupold replaced Norris with 2-out/B-5th and almost
wild pitched home another run, but CA James McCann retrieved the
ball and fired to Saupold who blocked-out the plate as he put the
tag on Brad Miller.

    Saupold finished the game, but yielded three solo homeruns for
the 8-1 final.  

    Kevin Keirmaier led-off the B-7th with a blast (#1) to straightaway
CField that JaCoby Jones might have caught if he hadn't bumped the
wall before attempting to jump up.

    Daniel Robertson led-off the B-8th with his first major league
homer to the LCField seats.  Souza then sent a 2-out line-shot (#3)
down the LField line.

    Detroit heads to Minnesota for a weekend series to conclude its
9-game road trip that so far has produced a 2-4 record.          

      DET       1-5-1, 6-LOB         (L) Norris, 1-1
      TB         8-11-0, 7-LOB       (W) Ramirez, 2-0


    After failing to homer for the first time this season in Wednesday
night's loss, Kinsler's dinger gave Detroit homeruns in 14 of 15 games
so far.
    The Tiger lineup was minus DH Victor Martinez (rest) and injured
LF Justin Upton (wrist) and SS Jose Iglesias (concussion monitoring).
    McCann's 2-out/B-9th single ended an 0-for-17 slump (.147-BA) and
Machado's 2-out/B-8th single stopped his 0-for-the-season/0-for-8
skid (.111-BA).  However, Jones (.167-BA) was 0-for-3 to extend his
hitless streak to 0-for-15.
    After the game RHP Saupold was returned to 3A Toledo and LHP
Blaine Hardy was brought back from the Mud Hens.  It is expected
Iglesias will be placed on the 7-day DL Friday with RHP Joe Jimenez
getting his second call-up from the Hens.

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