Final Score: Seattle 2, Detroit 0
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mariners fans were treated to a pitcher's duel
for the second time in as many days.
This time, however, the Seattle Mariners were on top, shutting down the
Detroit Tigers, 2-0, on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Neither team found much success, until the seventh inning, when Kyle Seager
and Endy Chavez each drove in one run on back-to-back hits. It was all the
offense that was needed to grab the win.
Hisashi Iwakuma gave up just three hits and a walk over six innings for the
Mariners, who lost in 14 innings against Detroit on Wednesday. Carter Capps
(1-1) allowed two hits and a walk over two innings of relief to pick up the
win. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his sixth save of the
Justin Verlander (2-2) got the start for the Tigers and fanned twelve over
seven innings but the lack of run support prevented him from earning a win.
"I didn't quite make the pitches when I needed to in the seventh (inning),"
said Verlander. "A little bit of it was bad pitch selection on my part, also
With two outs in the seventh, Robert Andino hit a single. Seager then
doubled, scoring Andino. Chavez followed with a single to bring Seager home.
"Against a guy like Verlander, in that kind of situation, you've got to be
aggressive," said Seager. "It's good to just get up there and be ready to go.
That's a big win for us as a team. It was a great job, once again, by our
pitching staff, big win for us."
Chavez had six putouts ... Jason Bay was 0-for-4 and struck out three times
for Seattle ... Detroit's Prince Fielder hit a double, his sixth of the
season ... Verlander threw 126 pitches while Iwakuma threw 70 pitches ...
Detroit is 5-11 over its last 16 matchups against Seattle ... The Tigers
have not swept the Mariners at Safeco Field since April 21-23, 2006.
04/18 19:41:29 ET
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