Jeremy Bonderman fell to 2-3 tonight although it wasn’t for lack of a solid outing in the Tigers 3-2 loss to the Indians. He needed just 100 pitches to get through eight innings and that’s his longest start since he went eight innings on July 7, 2007. Yeah, it’s been that long. And the first June start for the Tigers followed up a May where Bonderman struck out 26 in 27 innings with a 1.33 ERA. He only went 1-1 during that stretch but the Tigers were 2-2 in his four starts.
The good news is Bonderman’s velocity is slowly creeping up. In the first inning, he threw several pitches at 93 mph. In fact in that first frame, he threw thirteen pitches and all were fastballs. He didn’t throw his first off speed pitch until the third inning and he even touched 94 mph once. By the seventh inning he was starting to wear and instead of pushing 92-93 mph, he was in the high 80s/lower 90s.
The Tigers offense continued to be a problem and they managed just a pair of runs on six hits. Miguel Cabrera went two for four and Al Avila singled and drove in a run. The Tigers had the tying run at third and the winning run at first with two outs in the ninth but Ramon Santiago flew out to left to end the game.
Tomorrow, Fausto Carmona gets the start for Cleveland and Armando Galarraga throws for Detroit. Game time is 7:05.