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Jeremy Bonderman, Shutouts and the Royals

The Tigers west coast road trip ended on a sour note.  Both Monday and Wednesday, the Tigers were shut out.  On Monday, Ervin Santana and the Angels pen held the Tigers to six hits.  This afternoon, John Lackey had a one hitter going through the end of eight innings before Scot Shields came in and finished the shutout.

The bright spot was Jeremy Bonderman who had been struggling.  Bonderman went six innings and gave up only three hits and a walk with six strikeouts.  He did get into trouble in the sixth inning but he struck out Vlad Guerrero to get the first out of the inning and he got Tim Salmon to ground out to end the inning.  Also encouraging was the pen.  Jamie Walker, Joel Zumaya and Todd Jones combined to throw three perfect innings to close out the game.

Regardless, heading out west and finishing 6-3 means the team had a very solid performance.  The Tigers head back home for a three game series against the Twins and while the Twins have struggled, we haven’t had much luck against them (or any other team for that matter) the last few years.  We also haven’t had much luck at home this year.  Hopefully we turn both of those things around this weekend.

Another silver lining is that the club seems to be working the count a lot better than it has in the last several years. I could be wrong about this, but it certainly seems that, in general, they’re looking for good pitches to hit.

The Twins have been absolutely terrible. They weren’t able to score enough runs to beat Kansas City yesterday, and right now their offense resembles out 2003 version. It seems like every run is a struggle for them.

Posted by Dan on April 27th, 2006 at 6:05 am

Last year at this time, the Tigers were 10-10 ( five game behind the White Sox); this year they are 13-9 ( only one and a half game behind the Sox). The Tigers have been very impressive so far this season, and they’ll probably make short work of the Twins this weekend. 🙂

Love your blog by the way, I’m now linked to you.

Posted by MVB on April 28th, 2006 at 9:07 am

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