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.
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.