Tigers down Mariners in defensive battle
Written by: Bill Martin
Saturday, May 7, 2005
The Detroit Tigers Rookie League team took and early lead against the Seattle Mariners and never looked back Saturday morning, defeating a gutsy Mariners club 8-2. The Tigers held that Mariners scoreless on flawless defense in the first two innings, lead by solid fielding by Ryan Simalchik at first, and Jack Sanborn on the mound. Alec Sozio start off the scoring for the Tigers, scoring on a Matthew Canuso single in the first. The Tigers rallied in the second, scoring 5 runs with no outs and leaving the bases loaded. A single by Max Isles and extra hustle by his brother Michael taking the extra base and scoring from second base, sparked the big rally. Griffin Foster and Jake Askin remained hot from the plate with 3 more hits each, including a line shot by Askin in the second to wake up the Tigers. Billy Martin slugged a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fourth, knocking in two runs, to seal the victory. Louis Sarandoulias, who continued his hitting streak, excelled at first base in the fifth inning. The defensive play of the game occurred in the fifth, when Dillon Davis smoked a Dennis Boyle fastball to right field. Ryan Simalchik fielded the ball on one hop, and fired a strike to Sarandoulias at first for the out. Sarandoulias then registered an unassisted put out to end the game. Coach Martin was so pleased with the effort of his players that he offered to buy Rita's Water Ice for the entire team. However, Rita's did not cooperate by being closed until noon. The coach is ready to make good on that promise at the next win.
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