Chicago at Detroit

W: A. Galarraga (2-0) L: J. Contreras (0-2)
HR: CHW - None   DET - M. Cabrera (4)

Galarraga, Polanco carry Tigers in shutout of White Sox wire reports

DETROIT -- Armando Galarraga found a way to escape trouble against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon.

Galarraga pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, leading the Detroit Tigers past the White Sox 9-0 to end Chicago's three-game winning streak.

  Tigers pay tribute to Fidrych

"He was very good, but we let him off the hook too many times," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's a good pitcher, but we were chasing his slider when we needed hits."

Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI for the Tigers.

Galarraga (2-0) gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five. He left to a standing ovation after walking Paul Konerko with one out in the seventh.

"He was tremendous," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He had late life on his pitches. It was darting and moving late in the strike zone, just at the right time. They've hit a lot of our mistakes out of the ballpark, and we were able to eliminate that today."

Jose Contreras (0-2) yielded five runs -- three earned -- and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

"I thought Jose threw the ball absolutely well," Guillen said. "But with the Tigers, they are such a good-hitting team that you've got to stay right on top of them for all nine innings and we didn't do that."

Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Josh Anderson and Ramon Santiago walked, and after Curtis Granderson hit into a force at second, Placido Polanco sent a shot over Brian Anderson's head in center for a two-run double.

"I think that shows the importance of speed," Leyland said. "That's something we were missing before, but with Josh Anderson at the bottom of the lineup -- I thought it created some problems for them. It makes the pitcher worry more about holding him on."

The Tigers made it 5-0 in the sixth on Cabrera's leadoff homer and a two-run single by Santiago. Cabrera provided the sixth run with an RBI single in the seventh, and the Tigers made it 9-0 with three runs in the eighth.

"When you get a lead, it is huge when you can keep chipping away and adding to it," Gerald Laird said. "We put up two runs, and then we put up three more in the next inning. That is kind of like a knockout blow."

Both teams had early scoring chances. Josh Fields tripled with one out in the first, but Galarraga struck out Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome. Detroit had runners on second and third with no outs in the third, but Santiago struck out, Granderson popped out and Polanco grounded out.

Galarraga escaped trouble again in the fifth, getting out of the inning after the White Sox put runners on second and third with one out.

"He made every pitch he needed to make," Fields said. "We got some runners on base, but then he shut us down. That's what we saw on film from him -- he's really good."


  • The Tigers paid tribute to Mark Fidrych, who died Monday, with a moment of silence and a special video before the game.
  • Tigers rookie Ryan Perry was wild after entering the game in the eighth inning, causing Alexei Ramirez, Brent Lillibridge and Fields to duck pitches near their heads. Fields took a step toward the mound after avoiding the first of Perry's two wild pitches, but order was quickly restored. "We knew he was a young kid trying to throw very hard," Fields said. "I didn't think he was trying to hit anyone, but after about the fourth pitch near one of our heads, I just wanted to tell him to calm down a little."
  • In the bottom of the inning, Mike MacDougal hit the backstop with a fastball.
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Armando Galarraga improves to 2-0 with a four-hit, scoreless effort over 6 1/3 innings.  (AP)
Armando Galarraga improves to 2-0 with a four-hit, scoreless effort over 6 1/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Galarraga
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 5

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

Related Video

Chicago White Sox
Brent Lillibridge, 2B3000102 .077
Josh Fields, 3B4010011 .308
Carlos Quentin, LF3000011 .296
   a- Jerry Owens, PH1000000 .000
Jim Thome, DH3000021 .192
   b- Wilson Betemit, PH-DH1000000 .167
Jermaine Dye, RF3010010 .367
   c- Corky Miller, PH1000010 .400
Paul Konerko, 1B2010101 .357
A.J. Pierzynski, C3010002 .200
Alexei Ramirez, SS3000001 .143
Brian Anderson, CF2000112 .125
a-flied out for Quentin in the 9th
b-grounded out for Thome in the 9th
c-struck out for Dye in the 9th
3B - Josh Fields (1, Galarraga)
CS - Brian Anderson (1, 2nd base by Galarraga/Laird)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Konerko-A. Ramirez-MacDougal
E - Jose Contreras (2, Misplayed grounder), Josh Fields (2, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (L,0-2) 5.1554241 6.97
Clayton Richard 0.1200000 5.40
Mike MacDougal 2344300 12.46
D.J. Carrasco 0.1100000 6.75
WP - Mike MacDougal 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 96-59, Clayton Richard 6-4, Mike MacDougal 45-23, D.J. Carrasco 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 7-7, Mike MacDougal 3-2
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 25, Clayton Richard 3, Mike MacDougal 11, D.J. Carrasco 2
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5211005 .205
Placido Polanco, 2B5013004 .314
Magglio Ordonez, RF4111111 .273
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5132000 .486
Carlos Guillen, DH5000004 .167
Gerald Laird, C4110011 .308
Brandon Inge, 3B4110010 .267
Josh Anderson, LF2220200 .308
Ramon Santiago, SS2112212 .400
2B - Placido Polanco (4, Contreras), Josh Anderson (2, Contreras)
HR - Miguel Cabrera (4, Contreras)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (6), Placido Polanco 3 (6), Magglio Ordonez (4), Miguel Cabrera 2 (12), Ramon Santiago 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (4), Magglio Ordonez (4)
SB - Miguel Cabrera (1, 2nd base off Contreras/Pierzynski), Josh Anderson (1, 2nd base off Contreras/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Polanco-Santiago-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga (W,2-0) 6.1400250 0.68
Bobby Seay 0.2000000 0.00
Ryan Perry 1000110 0.00
Fernando Rodney 1000010 0.00
WP - Ryan Perry 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 110-70, Bobby Seay 5-2, Ryan Perry 18-9, Fernando Rodney 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 4-9, Bobby Seay 1-0, Ryan Perry 1-1, Fernando Rodney 1-1
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 24, Bobby Seay 1, Ryan Perry 4, Fernando Rodney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20212
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi