Tigers Get Out-hit by Tribe, fall 9-7

Coming into the season, the Tigers' offense looked solid, it was assumed that the Tigers would no longer have to worry about blowing good pitching performances like in 2003. However, now the Tigers are having trouble keeping the opponent from scoring, as the Tigers are still getting outhit despite their high production. The trend continued Sunday as Indian hitters had a field day off Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman.

Jeremy Bonderman came into the season with the potential to become one of the top pitchers in the game; it was obvious from spring training that Bonderman had the talent to eventually become the Tigers ace. However, today's effort was not indicative of Bonderman's future potential. Bonderman was never able to settle down, and ended up allowing 7 runs in 5 1/3 innings while striking out 6.

The Tiger offense tried to keep the Tigers in the game, responding each time Cleveland made a push to blow the Tigers out. However, every time the Tigers made a push, the Indians responded again and kept the Tigers just out of reach of the lead. Shortstop Carlos Guillen was the star at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a Home Run, driving in 4 runs while scoring 2 himself.

All in all, Sunday afternoon was a performance the Tigers would like to forget. Bonderman saw his ERA inflate after a poor performance, and the bullpen once again couldn't shut down the opposition as the offense clawed their way back into the game. Even worse was the fact that CF Alex Sanchez suffered a strained groin, and will miss at least the next couple of games (Brandon Inge is expected to start in his place). With the Tigers already short on Outfielders - losing Sanchez for an extended period of time would be even more bad news.

The Tigers will try to even the series tomorrow evening at 7:05 when LHP Nate Robertson (who is one more good start away from potentially earning the 5th spot in the rotation for good) takes on RHP Jeff D'Amico.


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