It couldn't keep going forever, right? He's too good, right? After two consecutive poor outings from Jeremy Bonderman, grumbles among fans started - was Bonderman really as good as he's been cracked up to be, is he cracking under the pressure of being the future Tiger ace, is it time to get him some more minor league experience? The answers: Yes, no, and after last night, definitely not.
Jeremy Bonderman went 7 innings, allowing only 1 hit, a solo shot to Bobby Abreu. He struck out 8 and walked 2 as well. He was pulled after only 86 pitches, but with the Tigers holding a 9-1 lead, there was little reason for him to remain in the game.
While the Phils couldn't figure out Bonderman, the Tigers had a much easier time figuring out Brian Powell. Powell, a former Tiger, allowed 5 runs in 6 innings of work, but did have 8 strikeouts as he fell to 0-1 on the year.
Bonderman was dominating, but Tuesday night was a time when he probably would have won, even without his best stuff. The offense was cranking on all cylinders, with 3 Home Runs and 3 triples. Rondell White, who has cooled after a hot start, hit his 9th Home Run of the year, and his first since May 18th. OF Alex Sanchez had 2 hits and swiped a pair of bases (he's 5-for-6 on his last 6 steal attempts), and Shortstop Carlos Guillen chipped in with 2 triples, which produced 3 RBI. Ivan Rodriguez and Omar Infante also each had a Home Run.
The Philles didn't have much to talk about offensively, adding a run each in the 8th and 9th innings, after Bonderman had been pulled out with the game well in hand. As well as Bobby Abreu's Home Run, Jim Thome also had a solo shot off Ugueth Urbina in the 9th.
The Tigers, after a slow start to the month have heated up in the interleague games to get within 3 games of .500. Game 2 of the series takes place Wednesday evening, as Mike Maroth takes on Brett Myers. Game time is set for 7:05pm, with the game televised on Fox Sports Detroit.