Tigs, Rays split doubleheader

It was an up and down day for the Tigers in their doubleheader with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday. Jeremy Bonderman pitched anoter gem in the first game, leading the team to an 8-0 win. But in the 2nd, Tampa came back strong and was able to pull out a win at the end to split the pair, before they travel back to Detroit to finish out the year with a 3-game set.

Jeremy Bonderman closed out his season with a bang on Thursday afternoon. In what was likely his final appearance of the season, Bonderman pitched a gem. He pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 9.

On the other side, the Tigers roughed up Dewon Brazelton, scoring 6 runs off him in 5 2/3 innings.

Back to Bonderman, it was a great way for the youngster to finish his season, as it gave him 11 wins on the year, and helped drop his ERA to below 5 for the year.

At the plate, everyone in the starting lineup had at least 1 hit for the Tigers. Ivan Rodriguez had a big game, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, including his 19th Home Run. Carlos Pena also had a pair of RBI, while Curtis Granderson is slowly bringing his average up, with a 2-for-4 day.

In the 2nd game, Wilfredo Ledezma also had a good start, giving up 2 runs in 5 innings of work. But a poor performance from Craig Dingman gave the lead back to the Rays, as Dingman allowed 3 runs without recording an out in the 8th.

Mark Hendrickson had a good start for Tampa, giving up 2 runs with 6 strikeouts through 7 innings. Travis Harper got the win in relief for the Rays.

At the plate, Carlos Pena blasted his 27th Home Run as he continues his strong push to close out the season. Craig Monroe and Omar Infante also had 2 hits with an RBI.

Jose Cruz, Jr. and Jorge Cantu led the way at the plate for Tampa. Cruz went 3-for-4 with 3 runs, while Cantu went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI.

Heading back to Detroit, the two teams will finish out the year with 3 games against each other. Friday night will showcase Rob Bell against Mike Maroth at 7:05pm.

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