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Seattle at Detroit

W: M. Pineda (4-1) L: B. Penny (1-3)
HR: SEA - M. Olivo (2),L. Rodriguez (1)   DET - None

Rookie Pineda dominates as M's sweep Tigers

CBSSports.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Michael Pineda challenged Miguel Cabrera with pitch after pitch, repeatedly reaching the mid-to-high 90s on the ballpark's radar gun.

Finally, with his ninth offering of the at-bat, the rookie struck out the slugger with a nifty slider.

"He's not afraid to throw the ball," catcher Miguel Olivo said. "No matter who's hitting, he just goes and gets him."

Pineda struck out nine in six sharp innings, and Olivo and Luis Rodriguez each homered to help the Seattle Mariners beat Detroit 7-2 on Thursday for a three-game sweep of the Tigers.

The 22-year-old Pineda was particularly impressive at the start, fanning the first four hitters he faced, including Cabrera to begin the second inning.

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Afterward, the 6-foot-7 righty had a big grin on his face when asked about that matchup.

"He's a pretty good hitter," Pineda said. "I'm focused and threw the ball down -- my slider down. No mistakes, because he has a lot of power."

Ichiro Suzuki added two hits, and Justin Smoak hit an RBI double in the fourth inning that put Seattle ahead to stay. The Mariners swept a three-game set against Detroit for the first time since July 2003.

Pineda (4-1) allowed a couple runs in the second inning, but he was overpowering at times. Brad Penny (1-3) gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk for the Tigers. He struck out three.

Pineda allowed four hits and three walks in his fifth career start. This was actually the most earned runs he'd given up since his debut April 5, and his ERA rose from 1.78 to 2.01. That was a small consolation for the Tigers.

"That guy was nasty," Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. "He's going from 94-99 on his fastball, plus a slider and a split-finger, and he's throwing all three of them for strikes. He's going to be tough on everyone."

Detroit didn't put a ball in play off Pineda until Brennan Boesch doubled in the second. Ryan Raburn followed with a walk, and Avila drove both runners in with a double, but the lead didn't last.

Suzuki hit an RBI double in the third, and Chone Figgins drove home a run with a groundball. Smoak gave the Mariners the lead in the fourth, and Olivo added a solo homer leading off the sixth to make it 4-2.

"He threw me a breaking ball," Olivo said. "A hanging breaking ball, and I hit it."

It was a far cry from Penny's last start, a dominant outing against the White Sox in which he allowed one hit through seven innings.

Rodriguez broke it open in the eighth with a three-run shot off Ryan Perry -- the infielder's ninth career homer and first since July 24, 2009.

Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge had the day off for Detroit. The Tigers started only four right-handed hitters against Pineda, but it was no use. He breezed through the first inning on 12 pitches, then struck out Cabrera.

Magglio Ordonez struck out three times -- twice against Pineda. He's now hitting .172.

"Against that guy, that can happen to anyone," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Maggs isn't quite sharp yet, but he's getting a lot of at-bats and he's getting them against good pitchers. That's not going to help his average right now, but it will help him a lot later. He's a pro, and he's going to hit."

The Mariners outscored Detroit 24-6 in the series.

Suzuki already has 12 multihit games, and Olivo continued his torrid stretch against Detroit. The Seattle catcher has just 17 hits on the season -- but 10 have been against the Tigers.


  • Pineda threw 101 pitches.
  • The Tigers were preparing to bus to their next series at Cleveland, which is only about a 170-mile drive from Detroit. "I'm really looking forward to it," Leyland said. "I think it makes a lot of sense. I think it's a great idea."
  • Seattle 2B Jack Wilson left the game in the fifth with irritation of the right eye.
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Michael Pineda, 22, strikes out nine in six crisp innings for Seattle, which completes its first Detroit sweep since '03. (AP)
Michael Pineda, 22, strikes out nine in six crisp innings for Seattle, which completes its first Detroit sweep since '03. (AP)

Players of the Game

L. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

M. Pineda
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 3
K 9

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5021000 .313
Chone Figgins, 3B5021000 .191
Milton Bradley, LF4100113 .205
Miguel Olivo, C5221012 .230
Justin Smoak, 1B3011111 .303
Adam Kennedy, DH3110102 .293
Luis Rodriguez, SS-2B4113003 .206
Michael Saunders, CF4120002 .231
Jack Wilson, 2B2110010 .246
    Brendan Ryan, SS2000001 .200
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (6, Penny), Justin Smoak (6, Penny)
HR - Miguel Olivo (2, Penny), Luis Rodriguez (1, Perry)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (12), Chone Figgins (10), Miguel Olivo (7), Justin Smoak (15), Luis Rodriguez 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Rodriguez 3 (5)
SB - Milton Bradley (3, 2nd base off Perry/Avila)
CS - Chone Figgins (3, 2nd base by Penny/Avila)
Team LOB - 6
E - Brendan Ryan (3, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Michael Pineda (W,4-1) 6422390 2.01
David Pauley (H,1) 2100020 1.10
Jamey Wright 1000100 0.79
WP - Michael Pineda 2 (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Pineda 101-67, David Pauley 32-22, Jamey Wright 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Pineda 2-7, David Pauley 2-3, Jamey Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Michael Pineda 25, David Pauley 8, Jamey Wright 4
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF5000024 .167
Ramon Santiago, SS4010010 .200
Magglio Ordonez, DH4000032 .172
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3000110 .318
Brennan Boesch, RF4120011 .350
Ryan Raburn, LF3100103 .238
Alex Avila, C4012021 .299
Don Kelly, 3B4000001 .200
Will Rhymes, 2B2010210 .196
2B - Brennan Boesch (9, Pineda), Alex Avila (5, Pineda)
RBI - Alex Avila 2 (16)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Rhymes-Santiago-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Brad Penny (L,1-3) 7944131 6.11
Ryan Perry 1233211 9.00
Jose Valverde 1100000 0.84
IBB - Kennedy by Ryan Perry
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 112-73, Ryan Perry 34-20, Jose Valverde 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 9-7, Ryan Perry 2-0, Jose Valverde 1-2
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 29, Ryan Perry 7, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21176
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Derryl Cousins