The Tigers seven game winning streak came to an end last night. It was one bad inning that did Jeremy Bonderman in when he gave up four runs in the third inning. The four runs in the ninth didn’t help matters but they turned out to not be neccesary. Bonderman was only tagged with two earned runs of the four he gave up because of his own throwing error (which probably caused everyone to have 2006 World Series flashbacks). He did strike out a season high nine.
Eulogio De La Cruz had a tough time in the ninth but it looked more like he was frustrated because of a miscommunication with Ivan Rodriguez then it did him actually pitching poorly. There was one instance where there was a wild pitch and a passed ball on the same batter and from then on it never looked like De La Cruz could get into a groove.
The Tigers didn’t get much at the plate. Only eight hits with two a piece by Curtis Granderson, Brandon Inge and Sean Casey. Craig Monroe and Ivan Rodriguez both grounded into double plays though and that stopped a couple of rallies from developing.
Curtis Granderson hit his fourteenth triple. The last Tiger to have fourteen triples in a season was Jake Wood way back in 1961. The last Tiger to have as many as fifteen triples was Barney McCoskey (who finished with nineteen) way back in 1940 so each triple Granderson gets puts him into more and more exclusive company.
Mike Maroth had a nice Cardinals debut last night even though he didn’t pick up the win (nor did his team). He gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. The Mets ended up beating the Cardinals 2-1 in eleven innings.