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Detroit Tigers Inside Pitch 2009-05-05

Detroit Tigers Inside Pitch 2009-05-05
Why would any pitcher ever give to Miguel Cabrera anything to hit when he didn't have to?

Carlos Guillen, hitting behind Cabrera, is batting only .200. The man in back of Guillen, Gerald Laird, is down to .254 after a 1-for-21 slump.

Brandon Inge is hitting a ton, but the danger of moving him up is that you might destroy his pleasant frame of mind. Then he'd stop hitting, too.

Cabrera came up Monday night in a situation that screamed "pitch around him" or "don't give him anything he can drive."

But Francisco Liriano elected to roll the dice on a 2-0 pitch with nobody on base in the sixth inning. Cabrera went down after a low fastball and ripped it 414 feet to left center for a game-tying home run. Had he been walked, it would have been up to Guillen and Laird to drive Cabrera in.

"We just didn't muster much offense at all, again," manager Jim Leyland said. "The guy (Liriano) was good. We've also ... it's been going on since the start of the season. We've been inconsistent with our offense.

"We just haven't got enough guys going at the same time, the same day, the same night.

"We haven't got our offense rolling yet. We've got too many guys not swinging well. We got to get it going, but we will."

If they don't, Cabrera might lead the league in walks because not pitching to him would be the smart thing to do.

TWINS 7, TIGERS 2: RHP Edwin Jackson was charged with five runs Monday night, but it wasn't as bad as it looked. Jackson allowed just one run entering the seventh inning but left four batters into the inning without retiring one of them.

For the Tigers, 1B Miguel Cabrera blasted a long solo home run to left center in the sixth and they scored in the eighth on a groundout to third by RF Magglio Ordonez with runners on second and third.

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Added: May 5, 2009

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