The Tigers didn't fare well with the umpiring crew that did their series with the Colorado Rockies last month. Well, on Sunday it was the same crew again, and 2 more Tigers were tossed out.
Jeremy Bonderman let a pitch get away from him, getting close to White Sox DH Carl Everett. No warnings were issued, and the game continued. In the next inning, a slow change-up got away from Bonderman and hit Aaron Rowand in the shoulder. Bonderman was then ejected from the game, despite the fact that he hit a batter with a change-up in a 2-0 count. Manager Alan Trammell argued furiously, but only got himself ejected from the game as well.
But instead of frustrating the Tigers, they seemed to get angry - and they took it out on the White Sox. Wilfredo Ledezma came in for Bonderman and pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief, giving up 1 run and earning his first big league win of the year.
Meanwhile Jon Garland wasn't quite as effective against the Tigers, constantly getting himself into jams. Garland pitched 6 innings and gave up 4 runs before being relieved, and that's when the damage really came on.
Neal Cotts came in and got 2 quick outs. But then a walk, a single, another walk and a hit batter allowed a run and kept the bases loaded. Ozzie Guillen sent Mike Jackson in, hoping to get the final out and stop the threat, but Marcus Thames had other plans - launching a Home Run into the left field stands, his first ever Grand Slam.
From there on out, the Tiger pitchers just held serve to protect the 7-run lead, and walk out of U.S. Cellular Field with a victory.
The White Sox managed 10 hits, but were able to generate just 2 runs. Paul Konerko went 2-for-4 with a solo Home Run, but also killed a threat with an inning ending double play. Carlos Lee also went 2-for-3.
Detroit now stands at 7 games out of first place, and 6 games under .500, with less than a week before the July 31st trade deadline. The division games continue, as the Tigers now travel to Cleveland for a 3-game set with the Tribe, who have been hot as of late and are now a game over .500. Mike Maroth is slated to take on Cliff Lee at 7:05pm on Monday.