The Tigers got it done at the plate today and they racked up eight runs on just six hits but they drew eight walks in the 8-4 win over the Orioles. Gary Sheffield had a nice game and he went one for two with two walks, a two run homer and three runs. He even stole his fourth base of the season and he’s now pulled his batting average up to an even .200. Magglio Ordonez also hit the ball well and he went two for two with a double, two walks, two RBIs and a run.
It wasn’t Jeremy Bonderman’s best start of the season but he finally picked up his first win. He gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five innings. Wil Ledezma walked two in 1 2/3 innings and Fernando Rodney picked up the save with 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball.
There was an incident in the fifth inning. Danny Cabrera had hit Gary Sheffield earlier in the game and Bonderman threw one a little too close to Miguel Tejada. The Orioles shortstop waved his bat at Bonderman before Pudge grabbed him and the benches cleared. There was no real fighting but a ton of yelling. Of course Gary Sheffield rubbed in his fifth inning homerun after the incident and the umpires had to get between Cabrera and Sheffield as he went around the bases. Should make for an interesting game tomorrow.
Chad Durbin will try to follow up on his first solid start of the season last week when he takes the mound tomorrow. Adam Loewen will throw for the Orioles.