Jeremy Bonderman is still just 21 years old, but for the first time he's starting to have some question his ability and mental toughness.
The reason of course is the fact that he can't give the Tigers consistent performances. After an excellent start over the weekend in which he gave up 1 run in 6 innings, Bonderman just didn't have it on Wednesday night.
A 5-run first inning proved to be the death of him, as he ended up going 3 2/3 innings with 6 runs on 5 hits. All 6 runs were earned, although 4 of the 5 from the first inning might have been ruled unearned, but the scorer elected to classify a Carlos Lee grounder that was bobbled by Carlos Guillen an infield hit, rather than an error.
Jose Contreras meanwhile had no such struggles en route to his 11th win of the year. He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 6 2/3 innings, before giving way to the bullpen.
The Tigers didn't manage much offensively. Omar Infante and Bobby Higginson each had a pair of hits at the top of the lineup (Higginson also had an RBI), while Nook Logan (who was never one for patience in the minors) took 2 walks and scored a run.
A new Tiger killer is emerging, as Aaron Rowand once again performed well against the Tigers. Rowand went 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI - both hits were Home Runs, including his first inning grand slam. Ben Davis also went 3-for-4 with 2 runs for the White Sox.