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Tigers Pounce on Mariners to End Regular Season With a Win


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Written by: Bill Martin
Saturday, June 11, 2005

Jake Askin went 4-4 with 4 RBIs, and Billy Martin and Ryan Simalchik had 4 hits each, as the Detroit Tigers clawed their way to a win over the Mariners to end the regular season with a 14-10 win. Great defense early helped the Tigers jump to a 2-0 lead after the first inning, when Tiger runners were knocked in by "RBI Max" Iles and Mikey "Crusher" Iles. The Mariners took a 3-2 lead in the second, but James DeLaurentis' stellar play at pitcher's mound stopped several hot smashes, quashing the rally. The Tigers roared back for 3 more runs in the bottom of the inning, sparked by the return of Ryan Simalchik's big stick and the power hitting of slugger Matthew Canuso. Louis Sarandoulias switch-hit for the first time this season, and drove in two runs in the process, helping to stretch the Tigers' lead to 6-3. The Mariners refused to give up, taking an 8-6 lead in the top of the third. But Alec Sozio started a 4-run rally for the Tigers by legging out a single, and Griffin Foster had his 4th hit of the game, giving the Tigers a 10-8 lead. The Mariners then were shut down by the Tigers in the top of the fourth, behind the glove of Simlachik and the feet of Askin, who beat out a play to first base for the out. In the bottom of the fourth, the Tigers gave themselves some breathing room, scoring 4 runs behind the fleet feet of Jack Sanborn, who knocked in a run and scored arun in the inning. Louis Sarandoulias had another RBI, and James DeLaurentis stroked a double to left to extend the lead. With the Tigers up 14-8, and the Mariners bats having stung pitcher Dennis Boyle all day, the Tigers needed some great fielding to end the game. Matt Canuso had to react to a couple of hard shots to the mound and recorded outs at first. Billy Martin then fielded a blast at second, and calmly fired the ball to Askin at first to end the game.

Assistant Coach Frank Canuso commented on the Tigers' hard hitting: "The guys were seeing the ball so well today---it looked as if the pitcher was just lobbing softballs to them---and they hit everything."

The Tigers finished the regular season in third place at 7-4 with a six game winning streak, and are heading to the playoffs tomorrow at 2:30 p.m as the third seed. Head Coach Martin has instituted a 9:00 p.m. curfew for the players during the entire playoffs. Assistant Coach Rob Simalchik has been assigned to make bed check phone calls to enforce the curfew.










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