What a weird inning and what a way for the wheels to come off the wagon. Jeremy Bonderman was cruising. He had a one hitter going through seven innings, and that one hit was the lead off hitter in the first inning. Then Bonderman went five batters without getting an out and mixed in there was an error by Chris Shelton and a bases loaded balk by Bonderman. The Tigers actually got the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but they fell short of coming back.
On the face of things, if you would have told me on Friday afternoon that the Tigers would win two of three, I would have taken it. The one bright point of the day was the White Sox lost their game when the Orioles came back on them in the ninth inning. So the Tigers head into a four game series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, minus Scott Kazmir, with an eight and a half game lead.
The second big deadline deal took place today. Earlier this week, Carlos Lee went to Texas and now today, Bobby Abreu and Cory Lidle are both Yankees. I’m not sure I like this influx of talent all coming to the American League but I don’t see the Tigers making a big splash tomorrow as the first trade deadline expires.
For a Twins’ fan perspective of yesterday’s game, here’s Aaron Gleeman’s analysis of what went down yesterday. Good stuff as always from Aaron.