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Rookie Salazar gets hit hard by Tigers

Still, game goes into extra innings

BY RAY ROBINSON | 8/7/2013, 10:55 p.m.

The Detroit Tigers have had a stranglehold on the Indians.

Since coming to town for a four-game series that began Monday night at Progressive Field, the Tigers have hit our “ace” Justin Masterson, our closer, Chris Perez and have virtually knocked the air out of our pitching staff leaving them gasping for air.

On Wednesday night, the Tribe trotted out rookie, Danny Salazar and he held his own against the hard-hitting Tigers leaving all who witnessed his performance wanting to see more. Until the eighth inning that is. The youngster had earlier displayed some good pitching, had good command of his stuff and showed a bit of confidence too.

At the end of the seventh, Salazar was holding on to a 3-2 lead and should have been done. Tribe manager, Terry Francona, tried to squeeze a bit more work out of the rook. Heck, he had already struck out Detroit's power-hitter, Miguel Cabrera, three times. No one in the league had accomplished that feat until Salazar did.

To Francona's surprise, Cabrera launched a rocket over the wall in center field. Detroit took a 4-3 lead and Salazar went to take a shower.

The youngster, who made his major league debut on July 11th against the Blue Jays, was just what the doctor ordered to rejuevenate an Indians squad that needed a lift to get them though the next two games of the series against Detroit. He entered the game with a 1-0 record and a 1.50 ERA.

Against the Blue Jays he only gave up one run and two hits while striking out seven. Against the Tigers, Salazar pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and walking one after throwing 103 pitches.

At this writing, the game is tied in the 11th inning with the game knotted at 4 all.

The two teams meet for the final game of the series at Progressive Field with the first pitch being tossed at 7:05 p.m.