Bonderman leads the way to 4-2 victory

Tampa Bay is known for its heckler - a fan that sits behind the backstop, and each night picks out a new opponent to harass. On Friday night he selected Dmitri Young - but Young had the last laugh, as his 2-run Home Run coupled with another excellent pitching performance from Jeremy Bonderman gave the Tigers a victory.

The weekend series doesn't match two of the top teams in the league - the 2 teams were a combined 26 games under .500.

And while two of the top teams weren't facing off in Central Florida, two of the top young pitchers were going at it, as Jeremy Bonderman faced Scott Kazmir, who was recently acquired from the New York Mets. All the while, the teams have the shadow of Hurricane Frances hanging over them (note: The final two games of the series will not be played due to the hurricane, the team returned home immediately following the conclusion of the game).

Both pitchers impressed at times, but Bonderman was able to last longer, and allow fewer runs, and in the process, get the win.

Bonderman lasted 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. Bonderman also walked 3 and struck out, improving his record to 8-11.

Kazmir started off strong, striking out the side in the first inning after an Omar Infante walk, but struggled some for the rest of his outing, allowing 4 runs in 5 innings. Kazmir struggled with his control throughout the night, walking 6 Tigers as well.

Dmitri Young was the man at the plate, blasting a 2-run Home Run, despite being heckled by a fan each time he stepped to the plate. Nook Logan also had a good game, going 2-for-4, including 2 steals. Brandon Inge also had an RBI triple.

The Devil Rays only managed 4 hits on the night. Jose Cruz Jr. and Geoff Blum each had an RBI for the Rays.

The Tigers now have the weekend off, heading back home but not playing again until Monday afternoon (Labor Day). No word yet on whether or not the rotation will be pushed back, or if Wilfredo Ledezma and Nate Robertson will simply be skipped (and possibly pitch bullpen sessions on the off days).

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