The Blue Jays were down two runs after six innings, but took
advantage of five defensive miscues by the Tigers in the final
three innings to earn a 7-5 win Tuesday night.
"Baseball is a funny game," Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca
said. "It seemed like everything was going against us, and then
tonight, a bunch of things happen and we can take advantage of
The Tigers, who started last season 0-9, opened this season with
a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays in Toronto.
With the score tied at 5, Frank Catalanotto started the Blue
Jays ninth with an infield single when pitcher Danny Patterson
(0-1) collided with third baseman Omar Infante going after a slow
roller. After Patterson retired Vernon Wells, Steve Colyer relieved
and walked Carlos Delgado.
"That was a crazy inning," Catalanotto said. "I thought for
sure that I was going to be bleeding, since the ball hit me flush,
but it isn't even swollen. I didn't even see what happened on my
single, but I guess I owe Danny Patterson dinner."
Terry Adams (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Toronto, while
Justin Speier pitched the ninth for his first save. The key man out
of the bullpen for the Blue Jays was Sean Douglass, who pitched
three shutout innings, following ineffective starter Pat Hentgen.
"With my job, I know that we'll probably be losing when I get
in there, and I just have to try to keep them where they are,"
Douglass said. "It felt good to be able to do that and contribute
to a win."
Monroe's error was the third of the game for Detroit, all in the
final three innings. Plus, the Tigers turned two makable plays into
"I thought we played a poor ballgame," Tigers manager Alan
Trammell said. "This was a game we felt we should have won, but we
gave the other team too many opportunities."
Despite the loss, the Tigers (5-2) are still way ahead of the
pace they set last year when they lost an AL-record 119 and didn't
get win No. 5 until their 30th game.
Toronto trailed 5-4 after seven, but tied the game in the eighth
with the help of Detroit's faulty defense.
Delgado and Phelps started the inning with singles and Eric
Hinske reached to load the bases when second baseman Fernando Vina
booted a groundball. It was Vina's second error in as many innings.
"I just blew it," Vina said. "I was horrible tonight. I
usually get the job done, but I didn't tonight. It was just one of
Orlando Hudson grounded into a force at the plate, and Patterson
came in to replace Jamie Walker. Pinch-hitter Greg Myers struck
out, but Kevin Cash hit an infield single that shortstop Carlos
Guillen dropped, scoring Delgado to make it 5-5.
Cash was 4-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI.
Detroit loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but Eric
Munson grounded out to end the inning.
Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman left with the lead after six
strong innings, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk with
Hentgen gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in three
"I just had a bad game," he said. "I had decent velocity, but
that doesn't mean a thing if you don't locate, and I didn't do that
Eric Hinske homered in the second for Toronto.
Vina was 2-for-5 with two RBI and Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with
Toronto cut the lead to 5-4 on Cash's RBI double off Al Levine
in the seventh.
Detroit has scored at least five runs in each of their
seven games, breaking the 1961 team's record of six at the start of
a season. ... Kyle Sleeth, Detroit's first-round choice last
summer, made his pro debut Tuesday night. He started for Single-A
Lakeland and pitched five innings, allowing four runs on four hits
and two walks to Tampa. He struck out two. ... The game-time
temperature was 44 degrees. The crowd of 8,804 was the smallest in
Comerica Park's five-year history. ... Cash's four hits and three
doubles were career highs. ... After the game, the Blue Jays
optioned Simon Pond to Triple-A Syracuse and purchased the contract
of Chad Hermansen.