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Tigers Maul Pirates To Extend Win Streak to Four


Written by: Bill Martin
Sunday, May 22, 2005

Jack Sanborn pounded out 4 hits, Alec Sozio went 4-4, and Griffin Foster drove in 4 runs as the Detroit Tigers' bats awakened in 24-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday. Sanborn, Sozio and Foster led the way in a 56-hit game by the Tigers, leading to their most productive scoring of the year. The Tigers jumped to a 9-0 lead after 2 innings behind the strength of Ryan Simalchik, Matthew Canuso, and Max Isles at the plate. The Pirates attempted an early comeback, but that effort was stopped in its tracks when James DeLaurentis had an unassisted triple play in the Second. League rules prohibit 3 outs on one play, so the Tigers' Jake Askin made a fine play at first for the unusual 4th out of the inning, without a score. The Tigers' bats could not be stopped, with Louis Sarandoulias legging out a single to right and knocking in a run, and Michael Isles belting 1 of his 4 hits. When it looked as if the Pirates might get within striking range at 14-5 in the fourth inning, Billy Martin's daring baserunning on a Jake Askin single sparked a 5-run, two out rally putting the game out of reach. Martin, Simalchik, DeLaurentis and Canuso continued their torrid hitting of a weakened pitching staff. Assistant Coach Rob Simalchik explained that the Tigers efforts on the practice field have really paid off: "The kids have worked hard all year in practice and have improved dramatically. That showed today with great hitting, and, again with solid fielding."

The Tigers improved their record to 5-4. However, they will be without the services of leadoff hitter Billy Martin for at least one game. Martin suffered a foot injury of the field, requiring stitches, and will be out 7-10 days.

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