Harden out-duels Bonderman, A's win 2-1

For the second night in a row, the Oakland Athletics were able to beat the Tigers by a single run; this time at the hands of Rich Harden. His counterpart, Jeremy Bonderman, was almost as impressive, but the Tiger offense simply couldn't make anything happen off of Harden.

Two youngsters, two of the top young pitchers in baseball; one a former Athletic, one that still is. On Wednesday night, both showed why they carry the reputation that they do - unfortunately for the Tigers, Rich Harden did just a bit better than their own Jeremy Bonderman, and that difference was the difference in the game.

Both starters went 7 innings, Harden gave up 7 hits but allowed only 1 run while striking out 8, Bonderman on the other hand only allowed 4 hits, both those hits yielded 2 runs. A promising note for the Tigers; Steve Colyer had his second straight solid appearance - pitching the final 2 innings, not allowing a hit and striking out 1.

The only run the Tigers could muster was via an Ivan Rodriguez infield single, which scored Omar Infante. OF Alex Sanchez had another good game at the top of the order, going 3-for-3 with a Stolen Base. The A's didn't do much either - their 2 runs coming via a solo home run from C Adam Melhuse and a sacrifice fly by Bobby Kielty.

The series finale takes place Thursday afternoon at 1:05pm. Former Tiger Mark Redman takes on Mike Maroth.


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