The Detroit Tigers started the day on a high note. They had just made a major trade and their top prospect was making his major league debut in front of a sold-out crowd.
Then Dan Haren showed up and ruined everything. Again.
Haren pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game against the Tigers in 25 days, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 victory Saturday.
”That’s a tough lineup, and he’s gone out there and pitched very well,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ”We got some runs and Dan did the rest.”
Haren (11-6) walked one and struck out one. In two starts against Detroit, he is 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA.
”I’ve had success against them twice, but that’s a great lineup,” he said. ”They were hacking at first-pitch strikes today, which is good, because you don’t want to get behind them.”
Jacob Turner, Detroit’s top prospect, allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1-3 innings of his debut. He walked three and struck out six.
”For a kid out of Double-A, he showed great poise,” Scioscia said. ”That’s a nice arm, and he spins the ball very well.”
Turner (0-1) was on the mound for five stolen bases, the most in a pitcher’s first game since Brian Barber allowed six for the Cardinals on Aug. 12, 1995.
”Obviously, he’s going to have to work on the running game,” Leyland said. ”With his work ethic, though, I expect him to be one of the best in the game at holding runners by the time’s he’s ready. He did a very nice job today, though.”
The Tigers announced before the game that Turner would be going back to the minors after the game, with his rotation spot going to Doug Fister. Fister and reliever David Pauley were acquired from the Mariners in a six-player trade earlier Saturday, and Fister is scheduled to start Wednesday against Texas.
”One run, 10 runs, perfect game, no-hitter – this is going to be one start,” Leyland said of Turner.
The teams traded early runs, with the Tigers taking a 1-0 lead on Magglio Ordonez’s fourth-inning RBI single and the Angels tying the game on Torii Hunter’s run-scoring base hit in the fifth.
Los Angeles then took a two-run lead in the sixth off Turner and Phil Coke. With one out, Turner walked Howie Kendrick and was taken out to a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd of 40,573.
Coke gave up a double to Erick Aybar and intentionally walked Mark Trumbo to load the bases. He then hit Peter Bourjos with his next pitch, forcing in a run, and allowed a sacrifice fly to Jeff Mathis.
Trumbo made it 4-1 with a RBI double in the eighth – his seventh RBI in three games – and scored on a double by Maicer Izturis.
Trumbo was also part of a big play in the seventh. The Tigers had runners on the corners and no one out when Victor Martinez grounded to first. Trumbo looked Magglio Ordonez back to third, then threw to second.
Aybar took the throw and stepped on the bag, then realized Ordonez had broken for home. He threw home and Jeff Mathis applied the tag for an unusual 3-6-2 double play.
”He broke on my throw, and Erick made a great play,” Trumbo said. ”If he had gone right away, I would have thrown home.”
NOTES: Turner was the sixth pitcher since 1919 to allow at least five steals in his major league debut. Roger Clemens and Dave Righetti were two of the others. … The Tigers gave up reliever Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells, minor league third baseman. … The game was delayed for a moment before Turner’s last pitch when a fan ran out of the stands and appeared to ”plank” in right field, lying motionless on his face until security arrived. A second fan ran into the outfield in the ninth. … Bourjos went 0 for 0 in the game. He walked once, was hit by two pitches and had a sacrifice bunt.