Instead of finishing the season strong and on a good note, the Tigers are limping into the final stretch. The latest example came on Saturday afternoon, with the team not turning in its best effort. Jeremy Bonderman did well as the starter, but he couldn't match the effort of Matt Riley from Baltimore, who helped shut the Tigers out.
Jeremy Bonderman has done his best over the last couple months to keep the Tigers in games - and he's done his job. But as of late, the offense hasn't held up their end of the bargain, as yet again Bonderman got minimal run support.
For the game, Bonderman went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, including 5 strikeouts. Craig Dingman pitched a scoreless inning of relief to finish it up.
Matt Riley got his 2nd win of the year for Baltimore, pitching 6 shutout innings. The bullpen took over from there, including B.J. Ryan striking out the side in the 9th for his 2nd save.
There wasn't much good at the plate - Dmitri Young did have a pair of hits, and Ryan Raburn took a pair of walks, but there was nothing else of note.
For Baltimore, Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada and Rafael Palmeiro each drove in a run.
The Tigers will try and salvage a game of the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35pm, when Mike Maroth faces Rodrigo Lopez.