Giants 15, Tigers 3
The Detroit Tigers have been getting roughed up lately,
irritating manager Jim Leyland.
Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford homered in a five-run first
inning, Miguel Tejada had a grand slam in a five-run third after a
long rain delay and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit
Tigers 15-3 Sunday morning.
”It was pretty ugly,” Leyland said.
The game was delayed by a thunderstorm in the third inning for 2
hours, 36 minutes, and it ended after midnight.
The Tigers, losers of four of five, have given up at least 14
runs three times during the slump.
”Three of our last five starting performances haven’t been
good,” Leyland said. ”Really not acceptable.”
Max Scherzer (9-4) allowed nine runs – six earned – on six hits
and three walks over two-plus innings.
They hope only a game was lost.
Catcher Victor Martinez left in the third inning with a bruised
right shoulder, getting hit by a foul tip, and is day to day.
”I wasn’t going to take a chance, I had to get him out of
there,” Leyland said. ”He got smoked pretty good.”
Martinez was replaced by emergency catcher Don Kelly, who was
used as an emergency pitcher earlier in the week and has now played
every position in his career.
”There may be somebody more talented,” Leyland said, getting
choked up. ”But for a 25th player, I wouldn’t rather have anybody
in baseball than Donny Kelly.”
Barry Zito (2-1) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five
hits and two walks. He pitched on short rest and stayed in the game
despite the long delay, going about 3 hours between pitches in the
second and third innings. Zito won Tuesday at Arizona in his first
start after being on the disabled list with a sprained right
The NL-West leading Giants have won nine of their last 11
Scherzer started the game by striking out Aaron Rowand, then
Emmanuel Burriss followed with a single and Sandoval smacked the
first pitch he saw into the left-field seats, extending his
career-high hitting streak to 13 games. Second baseman Ryan Raburn
didn’t help Scherzer out, making a fielding error on Aubrey Huff’s
grounder on what should’ve been the second out of the inning. Nate
Schierholtz hit a two-out infield single, then Crawford hit the
next pitch over the right-field fence.
The long delay didn’t slow down San Francisco, which surpassed
its previous season high of 13 runs
After Brayan Villarreal walked Crawford, who was batting when
rain stopped the game, Tejada hit the next pitch to left for his
12th career grand slam to put the Giants ahead 10-0.
Huff hit a two-run single in the fifth, giving the Giants a
12-run lead. Eli Whiteside hit a two-run double in a three-run
sixth, padding the lead to 15-0.
The Giants made plays in the field, too, turning three double
plays in the first four innings with Tejada starting two of them
with slick stops in the hole.
Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta and Brennan Boesch hit back-to-back
homers in the seventh off Guillermo Mota, making it 15-2 and giving
the sparse crowd something to cheer about. Mota earned his first
career save because he pitched the final three innings.
Raburn hit an RBI single in the ninth.
NOTES: Giants INF Mike Fontenot, out since May 26 with a
strained left groin, might not return from the DL until after the
All-Star break. Fontenot began a second rehab stint on Thursday
with Triple-A Fresno. … Giants INF Freddy Sanchez, on the DL with
a dislocated right shoulder, is optimistic he’ll be healthy enough
to return by August. … Scherzer, who won his first six decisions
and had an ERA below 3.00 in May, has given up at least five earned
runs in four of his last eight starts. … San Francisco’s
relievers didn’t leave the bullpen for more than 30 minutes after
the rain delay. … The game-time temperature was 97 and it dipped
into the 70s by the final out. … The Tigers sold 38,983 tickets
to the game and more than half of the fans didn’t wait out the