Jeremy Bonderman had another poor start yesterday afternoon as the Mariners blew out the Tigers 14-7 in an ugly game. Bonderman was back to having first inning troubles when he gave up two runs in the first frame but Felix Hernandez outdid him by giving up four in the bottom of the first. That was the last time the Tigers would have the lead though because the Mariners scored four more in the second, then four more in the third and three more in the fourth. All five pitches used each gave up a run and Bonderman lasted just 1 1/3 innings. He fell to 11-8 and it looks like once again, he’ll fall short of picking up 15 wins.
The game was shaping up to be a marathon because it took almost two hours to get through the first four innings but things calmed down in the second half of the game (just one run a piece) and it ended up clocking in at a still long but not too bad 3:17.
There’s a lot of new faces in the Tigers dugout because both the Seawolves and the Mud Hens are done. Both lost in the first round of their respective playoffs. The White Caps also finished up this weekend but in a good way as they repeated as Midwest League champions. Oneonta just kicked off their playoffs with a win last night.
***UPDATE*** – Okay, I blew the White Caps things. I didn’t know they had a three series format, so they’ll play for the Midwest League championship beginning Tuesday.
Curtis Granderson had a big day at the plate. He was a perfect four for four with a homerun, two runs and a stolen base. With the stolen base, Curtis Granderson joins Willie Mays and Frank Schulte as the only players to hit 20 homeruns, 20 doubles, 20 triples and steal 20 bases. Magglio Ordonez went two for four with three RBIs and a run and he still leads the race for the batting title while Placio Polanco had two more hits to put himself back in it with Maggs and Ichiro.
The Yankees won so the Tigers lost a game in the Wild Card race and they now have to make up four games with 19 left to play. And the Mariners aren’t dead yet either because they’re tied with the Tigers in the loss column.
The Blue Jays come to town tonight for a makeup game. As luck would have it, the Blue Jays are sending Roy Halladay to the mound. For the Tigers, it’ll be Kenny Rogers throwing.