Tigers Blow Lead, Lose 7-5

Early on, the Detroit Tigers looked like the team that we have become accustomed to this year. After that, they looked like the team that we rooted for in recent years past. The Tigers jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first two innings led by their revamped offense and solid defense. That was about all of the good that would come from this game. The Toronto Blue Jays would go on to score six unanswered runs and down the Tigers by a 7-5 score.

Detroit got a strong pitching performance from youngster Jeremy Bonderman who allowed three runs in six innings. Bonderman struck out seven and walked one. He was pulled after six innings by manager Alan Trammell, in a move which seemed to open the floodgates. The bullpen gave up four runs in three innings and could not hold on to Bonderman's 5-3 lead. Trammell looked to everyone but Paws (the Tiger's mascot) to stop the bleeding, but to no avail. Al Levine pitched the 7th and gave up one unearned run on one hit. Jamie Walker came in to pitch the eighth and squandered one run on two hits in 1/3 of an inning. Danny Patterson and Steve Colyer fared no better, giving up a run each. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, got a strong performance from their bullpen. Their relievers combined for zero runs in six innings pitched.

The Tigers offense was lead by Ivan Rodriguez who went 3 for 4 with two RBI's. Fernando Vina chipped in two hits and two RBI's. The Jays were led by catcher Kevin Cash, who went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs. The biggest hit of the day came from designated hitter Josh Phelps who singled to left in the top of the ninth to drive in Frank Catalanotto and Carlos Delgado, giving Toronto a 7-5 lead. That was all reliever Justin Speier needed as he shut the Tigers down in their half of the ninth and earned the save. Danny Patterson took the loss for the Tigs, his first of the season.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 5-2. They remain a game ahead of the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals, both are 4-3. The Tigers and Blue Jays will square off again Wednesday evening at 7:05pm as Nate Robertson gets the nod versus Ted Lilly. Robertson gets the start in place of Nate Cornejo who was suspended by Major League Baseball for five games after he hit Ricky Ledee of the Philadelphia Phillies.


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