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Tigers Edge Red Sox In A Thriller


Written by: Bill Martin
Friday, May 13, 2005

Max Isles knocked in what turned out to be the tying run, and Mikey Isles brought home the winner, as the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the powerful Boston Red Sox in Rookie League action. The Tigers jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, behind solid hitting from James DeLaurentis, who banged out 4 hits. Ryan Simlachik and Matthew Canuso smoked hits deep into the outfield. Billy Martin's smart base-running, scoring from second on a ground out, finished off the four-run rally. The Red Sox roared back for 5 runs in the bottom of the first, capped by a big hit from Jacob Miller. Although it looked as if the game would be a slug-fest, the defenses rose to the occasion. Jake Askin and Griffin Foster made big defensive stops for the Tigers, keeping the Red Sox scoreless in the second. The Tigers' bats came out again in the Third inning, behind a run scoring blast from Louis Sarandoulias and the renewed hitting by Alec Sozio, who was 3-4 at the plate. The Tigers scored 5 in the fourth to end the lead to 12-10, going into the top of the Fifth inning, with Askin leading the way with another hit and Simlalchik smacking another big hit of the tiring pitcher. In the Fifth, the Tigers rally started on a hit by Griffin Foster, as usual. Then, four consecutive hits by DeLaurentis, Simalchik, Canuso and Martin, knocked in 3 runs and set the stage for the Isles brother's heroics. However, in the bottom of the Fifth, the Red Sox would not give up. After giving up 6 runs and with the bases loaded, Ryan Simalchik fired a strike to Louis Sarandoulias at third to end the game in thrilling fashion. The Tigers have a chance to even the record tomorrow morning. Ryan Simalchik said that that was a truly great baseball game: "We played well, and finally won. That was great."

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