The Motown SWEEP: Detroit Humiliates Atlanta, LOL!!
Damn, it was hot in more ways than one this weekend and I LOVED IT! It was great seeing our Boys of Summer kick Atlanta badonkadonk!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
ATLANTA - Andrew Miller and the Detroit Tigers certainly enjoyed interleague play. Miller threw six sharp innings and the Tigers beat the slumping Atlanta Braves 5-0 Sunday night for their seventh straight win - all on the road against National League teams.
The AL Central-leading Tigers finished 14-4 in interleague games, tying the Angels for the best mark in the majors.
The Braves (38-38 ) have lost five straight, including four by shutouts, to fall to .500 for the first time this season. The Braves have been outscored 27-1 in the five losses, their longest losing streak of the season.
Miller (3-1) has faced only NL teams in his four starts. The 22-year-old left-hander was lifted after walking Andruw Jones to open the seventh inning, as manager Jim Leyland continues to closely watch his pitch counts.
Miller gave up four hits, walked two and struck out two while throwing 88 pitches. Chad Durbin finished up to earn his first career save.
The Tigers plan to keep Miller, the sixth pick of the 2006 draft, in their rotation when Nate Robertson comes off the disabled list on Tuesday.
The only noise from the Braves this weekend was a short-lived spat between two of the team's veterans. Pitcher John Smoltz and third baseman Chipper Jones each said Sunday that a misunderstanding between the two played out in the media was solved in a meeting with manager Bobby Cox.
Chuck James (6-7) allowed just two hits in the first five innings, but left the game after allowing Detroit's first five hitters in the sixth to reach base.
Omar Infante led off with a bunt single and moved to second when James hit Placido Polanco with a pitch. Gary Sheffield's single to center drove in Infante for a 1-0 lead, and Magglio Ordonez added another single to load the bases.
Following a visit from pitching coach Roger McDowell, James walked Carlos Guillen to force in a run. Ivan Rodriguez hit reliever Pete Moylan's first pitch to left for a two-run single.
Moylan struck out pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson with the bases loaded to end the inning.
James gave up five hits and four runs in five innings. He struck out four and walked two.
The Tigers added an eighth-inning run off Wil Ledezma. Brandon Inge hit a one-out double down the left-field line, stole third base and scored on Durbin's fly ball to left.
Andruw Jones, who carried a .198 batting average into the game, hit a fourth-inning single to snap an 0-for-24 drought.
Notes:@ Atlanta RF Jeff Francoeur threw out Polanco at the plate to end a seventh-inning threat. Polanco tried to score from third on Rodriguez's fly ball. ... Atlanta's Yunel Escobar stole second base in the third, the first of his career. Escobar also made his first career start at second base.