Tigers 4, Pirates 3(10)
Carlos Guillen hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning
Saturday night and the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates
Guillen hit the third pitch from Brendan Donnelly (2-1) into the
right-field stands. Donnelly had won eight straight decisions since
May 1, 2007.
Phil Coke (4-0) got the win with a scoreless 10th.
The Pirates made it 3-all in the eighth when Jose Tabata
stretched what looked like a routine one-out single into a double
as center fielder Austin Jackson didn’t react quickly enough.
Tabata stole third and scored the tying run on Neil Walker’s single
through a drawn-in infield.
The Tigers put runners on second and third with two outs in the
ninth, but Brennan Boesch struck out.
Pittsburgh got a run in the second on Ryan Church’s RBI double,
and still had the bases loaded with one out, but Jason Jaramillo
bounced into a 1-6-3 double play.
The Tigers tied the game in the bottom half on an unusual double
play. With the bases loaded and no one out, Gerald Laird flied out
to the wall in right-center field. Boesch scored from third, but
Guillen was thrown out trying to take third.
Garrett Jones made it 2-1 with a long homer in the fourth. Ryan
Doumit nearly gave the Pirates back-to-back homers, but the umpires
ruled that a fan had reached into the field of play to catch the
ball, and held him at second.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the fifth, but Guillen grounded
into an inning-ending double play.
Detroit took the lead in the seventh. With two runners on and
two out, reliever Evan Meek made a nice play on Boesch’s slow
grounder, but Doumit missed the throw at first base for an error
and the ball rolled down the right-field line as two runs
NOTES: For Detroit’s 16th annual Negro Leagues tribute game, the
teams wore the uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Pittsburgh
Crawfords. … Jackson’s seventh-inning single ended Meek’s
six-game streak without allowing a hit.