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Final - 6.22.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 7 10 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 13 0
WP: Al Alburquerque (4 - 1)
SV: Jose Valverde (17) / Austin Jackson (1)
LP: Ted Lilly (5 - 7)

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BOX

KEY STAT

4: The Tigers had four home runs in the game: Casper Wells, Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Don Kelly. All but one of Detroit's runs were scored by home run.

KEY PLAY

Paging Austin Jackson. Paging Austin Jackson. It looked like the Tigers gave up the game-tying run for sure and possibly lost the game completely after the Dodgers loaded the bases on a rather frightening Jose Valverde. A long hit to center field left a bad feeling in the belly. But Superman Jackson tracked it down with a leaping catch on the warning track to save the victory. I credited him with a save in the box score but I suppose the statistician would disagree.

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KEY THOUGHTS

The game was nearly 4 hours. Wow. It felt like it too. Everytime you thought Detroit might have a relaxing day, the Dodgers answered. So it went from 1-0 to a 2-1 deficit, 5-1 to 6-1 to 6-5. The ninth, as I said, because frightening when a walk and two hits loaded the bases. (As Matt Sussman tweeted, a 9.2 on the Todd Jones Meter). Uncomfortable baseball.

And by the way, the Tigers struck out 13 times today and 35 times for the series. Pretty much top to bottom in the lineup, players struggled at times.

A lesser key play was made by the pair of Magglio Ordonez and Victor Martinez in the fourth inning. On a fly ball with the runner on third trying to score, Ordonez made a terrific throw home and Martinez blocked the plate perfectly and made the tag. It was all quite textbook by a couple of vets whose defense has been questioned.

Some people like pitchers batting. I do not. Thankfully, Detroit has completed its road interleague schedule. (Strangely the Tigers first three interleague series this year were road series.) If we see the pitchers batting again this year, it will be in October and we will like it. Until then, their awkwardness and lack of results definitely is hard to watch. You just hope no one gets hurt. But it's over now. Thank goodness.

Tigers take tomorrow off and the Arizona Fighting Gibsons come to down on Friday.

IN OTHER NEWS

Adam Wilk was optioned to Toledo after the game. Right-hander Ryan Perry will rejoin the Tigers on Friday.

Quite possible Brandon Inge will return Friday too. That was the original plan the Tigers stated.