Bonderman rocked again in Royals 9-6 triumph

On Thursday afternoon, the Tigers wrapped up their series with the Royals, but didn't end it the way they had hoped, especially with Jeremy Bonderman on the mound. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Bonderman continued his performance from last week, and didn't even give the Tigers a chance to get in the game.

Up until the last week, Jeremy Bonderman was well on his way to becoming the Tigers ace, impressing everyone with his repertoire, his composure, everything. But then came the Kansas City Royals, and up went Bonderman's ERA (almost 2 full runs). Bonderman was yanked in the 4th inning this time around (although never recording an out in the 4th). So in the 3 innings of work, Bonderman allowed 7 runs on 9 hits, striking out 4 and walking 3. Craig Dingman came on and shutout the Royals for 3 innings, giving the Tiger offense a chance to get back in it, but Steve Colyer allowed another 2 runs in his appearance, and away the game went.

Dennys Reyes didn't shine either for the Royals, but he did better than Bonderman, allowing him to get the win. For the day, he went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 5 runs. The Tigers were able to get a run off Nate Field, but then Jeremy Affeldt came in to close out the game and earn his 5th save of the year (4 of which have come against Detroit).

At the plate, the middle of the Tigers order provided the run production, even without the presence of Ivan Rodriguez or Dmitri Young, Rodriguez sitting because of inflammation in his wrist, and Young still adjusting from getting off the Disabled List. Craig Monroe had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI's, while Bobby Higginson and Rondell White each had a hit and an RBI. For Kansas City, Carlos Beltran was the star, as the Royals cherish the remaining games they have with their star before he's shipped away to another contender. Beltran went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. 1B Ken Harvey also had 3 hits and a run knocked in.

The Tigers, at 24-29, now take their show on the road to the Metrodome for a weekend series with the Twins. The first game is Friday night at 8:10pm, with Mike Maroth going up against Kyle Lohse.

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