In the top of the ninth inning in a 2-2 tie, Ernesto Frieri had to deal with a pinch running speedster on 1B with nobody out. Ernasty got out of it by retiring the next three batters with the fast Quintin Barry stranded at 2B. The Angels mirrored the situation in the bottom of the frame with speedy Peter Bourjos brought in to run for Kendrys Morales. Octavio Dotel only had to get two outs. Howie Kendrick hit a sharp liner to right for one of them. Tigers fans are still waiting for the second. Erick Aybar hit a dribbler that slow-fielding Miguel Cabrera waddled up to but did not field to move the winning run up to second base. Mike Scioscia brought in switch-hitting Alberto Callaspo to bat from the left side in favor of the slumping Mark Trumbo. A basehit past the shortstop to drive in Bourjos ended the TnT era in Anaheim. A right-side Russel Branyan was born on the bench tonight in Anaheim.
While Frieri picked up the Win, Mike Scioscia pressed all the right pitching buttons in the game, pullling starter Ervin Santana after 6.2 and 10 Ks. When Scott Downs issued a walk in relief, the Soth went to Righty Garrett Richards to finish the inning. Kevin Jepsen threw a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Frieri held the threat of Speed-Kills to a stolen base.
It was a pretty awesome way to beat a menacing, powerful Tigers team.
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