Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Juice: Tigers dig the longball in walkoff win over White Sox

Nine innings and nine items to get you going. Ladies and gentleman of the Stew, take a sip of morning Juice.

1. Now that's a comeback: Down by seven runs in the fifth inning, the Detroit Tigers cut the margin to three before a rain delay in the eighth. The Chicago White Sox bullpen apparently wilted during the wait.

After play resumed, Chris Sale allowed a two-out RBI single to Jhonny Peralta that brought the Tigers to within two. In the ninth, Detroit teed off on Sergio Santos. Ryan Raburn launched a two-run homer to tie the score. Two batters later, Miguel Cabrera hit Santos' first pitch into the left field seats, giving the Tigers a thrilling 9-8 victory.

Watch the walkoff wildness

For the White Sox, that had to be a crushing loss. Did their playoff hopes also leave the ballpark?

"I think every loss hurts when you play this game or when you compete," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But this one is very painful. This game was huge for us. It was a very important game."

2. Timmy trounced: Will we have any pennant races to follow in September? The Arizona Diamondbacks may have whacked the San Francisco Giants' chances back down. Tim Lincecum was battered for five runs and nine hits over five innings, and Ian Kennedy allowed only one run in getting his 18th win of the season. With the 7-2 loss, the Giants fell six games behind the D-Backs in the NL West.

3. For the cycle: George Kottaras became the first player to hit for the cycle this season, hitting the ball all over Minute Maid Park. Tal's Hill may have helped, giving Kottaras a bounce over the fence for the double he needed. The Milwaukee Brewers catcher went 4-for-5 on the day with two RBIs, helping the Brew Crew to an 8-2 win over the Houston Astros.

4. Scary Garcia: The St. Louis Cardinals are trying their best to stay alive in the NL Central. Nine days of rest seemed to suit Jaime Garcia, as he held the Cincinnati Reds to two runs over six innings. He also helped himself with a go-ahead RBI single in a 6-4 Cardinal victory.

5. Colby jacked: Should the Texas Rangers be worried about Colby Lewis? He's given up 16 runs in his past three starts, covering 15 1/3 innings. However, Lewis was out of the game when Carl Crawford hit a grand slam, part of an eight-run fourth inning that powered the Boston Red Sox to a 12-7 victory.

6. Broken bat, broken Mets: Walking Roger Bernadina to pitch to Ryan Zimmerman, Terry Collins? OK, the New York Mets needed a double play to get out of a ninth-inning jam. And Bobby Parnell made a good pitch, breaking Zimmerman's bat on a 100 mph fastball inside. But Zimmerman got just enough wood on it for a bloop into shallow right field. Two runs scored, giving the Washington Nationals an 8-7 walkoff win.

7. Cy you later? The Los Angeles Angels may be hanging around in the AL West, but Jered Weaver is losing ground to Justin Verlander in the Cy Young Award race. Weaver allowed six runs in five innings, giving him 13 over his past two starts. But the Angels' lineup bailed him out with three home runs, including a grand slam by Mark Trumbo. Lefties Brian Duensing and Phil Dumatrait were the pi�atas, as the Minnesota Twins were pounded, 10-6.

8. Does not compute: Antonio Bastardo might be human, after all. Or he needs a bit of re-programming. The Philadelphia Phillies' nigh-invincible reliever walked the first two batters he faced in the eighth and was promptly taken out of the game. Those runners came around to score on a homer by Gaby Sanchez. Reliever David Herndon served up another two gopher balls, to Mike Cameron and Greg Dobbs, powering the Florida Marlins to an 8-4 win.

9. That's Cano: Trailing the Toronto Blue Jays by one in the seventh, the New York Yankees took the lead on Robinson Cano's two-run double off Casey Janssen. That gave Cano 100 RBIs on the season. And the 6-4 win kept the Yankees a half-game ahead of the Red Sox for the AL East lead.

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