In what was Jeremy Bonderman’s second best start of the season (and for him, his career), he goes 8 innings, giving up one run, three hits and three walks (and one of those was in the eighth, and the other in ninth when he was obviously wore out). He’s looked sharp the past couple of months, but only by going back to his first career victory on April 23rd will you find as impressive of an outing.
Chris Mears continues to impress. He walked one in a full inning of work, but that was the first batter he’s walked in 15 innings since being called up. I still believe Franklyn German is the closer of the future, but having this kid as a set up man will be the cornerstone of a great Tiger bullpen.
Bobby Higginson continues to impress. In only his second game back from the DL, he went 2 for 3 tonight, and was 3 for 5 last night. And hopefully Eric Munson will be okay. He was eventually taken out of the game after colliding with the fence on the left side of infield.
What I was also happy to see was the crowd into the game. I know they had a decent crowd because tonight was the night they were allowing kids to camp out on the field, but they were really into in the eighth and ninth.
And a parting note, I wasn’t happy to see Tram bring Bonderman out for the ninth. I know he wanted him to finish his shutout, but he had already thrown a 103 pitches, and was losing some of his command. In the ninth, he walked the lead off batter (who would eventually score), then threw a wild pitch. Thankfully, after 110 pitches, Tram put Mears in.