Bonderman Hit Hard in Loss (8/24 Recaps)

Knocking on the door of .500, the Tigers likely felt pretty good about Wednesday's game, sending Jeremy Bonderman to the mound with a red hot offense. But Bonderman didn't have his best stuff, and then a big scare sent Bonderman to the clubhouse early.

Detroit Tigers - 61-63, 4th in AL Central
A win puts them back at .500, a loss drops them back to two under. They hoped Jeremy Bonderman could lead them to a victory, but it just wasn't meant to be as the Tigers fell 9-2 to Oakland. Jeremy Bonderman didn't have his best stuff and was hit hard by Oakland, but possibly worse, had to leave the game in the fourth inning after taking a line drive off his right wrist. Bonderman was in noticeable pain after the hit, but initial x-rays were negative – he'll be re-evaluated on Thursday. Bonderman wasn't the only injury concern though, as it was also announced Rondell White would undergo season ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Back to the game, Bonderman ended up allowing six runs in three-plus innings. Roman Colon didn't fare much better in relief, giving up three more runs, including a pair of home runs. The Tiger offense didn't generate much, that is until Carlos Pena stepped up in the eighth inning and blasted a two run homer. Dmitri Young also had three hits. The rubber match between the two clubs takes place Thursday afternoon at 1:05pm when Mike Maroth takes on Rich Harden.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 80-52, 1st in West division
A 4-2 win over Norfolk on Wednesday pushed the Mud Hens to 80 wins for the season, just the fourth time they've reached that plateau in the last 50 years. Andrew Good was excellent in the win, going seven innings, allowing just one unearned run, with a walk and five strikeouts. Jason Karnuth had a scare in the ninth as he gave up a pair of hits and a run, but he buckled down and closed the game out to secure the victory and his 21st save. Don Kelly went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Gookie Dawkins went 2-for-3 with two runs, two doubles and an RBI. Toledo and Norfolk square off again on Thursday at 12:15pm.
- Doug DeSloover, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 62-69, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves had a howling victory over the Aeros with an 11-2 triumph. Roll out the red carpet for Erie 1B Juan Tejeda and 3B Scott Tousa. Tejeda brought in 3 runs (RBI single, RBI double, home run) and Tousa brought in 4 runs (3 RBI singles). They weren't the only stars of the game. CF Jason Knoedler stole home and doubled in a run. SS Tony Giarratano and DH David Espinosa singled in a run each. Here's a toast to starter Matt Beech. Beech (2-1) earned the honor of winning pitcher as he struck out 8 Akron players over the course of 8 innings. Lee Rodney relieved for the final inning of the game. The teams' last game starts Thursday night at 7:05. Erie currently holds the lead winning 2 of the 3 games played.
- Paige Edelman, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 31-25, 2nd in West division
The L-Tigers lost to Dunedin 8-1 and slipped to a game and a half back of the Blue Jays in the division race. Starter Jermy Rodriguez threw five innings and gave up all eight runs, seven earned. Rodriguez allowed seven of the Blue Jays nine hits and issued three walks. The loss drops Rodriguez to 3-5. Lakeland managed their only run in the sixth after Vincent Blue doubled and then scored on a ground out by Brent Clevlen, who recorded his 100th RBI of the season. Blue finished one for four. Danilo Sanchez was two for three. Clevlen was zero for four with the RBI. Dunedin took two of three from Lakeland in this series. The L-Tigers move on to Sarasota tomorrow, where they will begin a four-game split series with the Reds.
- Aaron Westgate, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 34-24, 2nd in East division
The Whitecaps were off again on Wednesday, but get back into action on Thursday as they start a four game series with Peoria. Game one takes place at 7pm.
- Deb Ziegler, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - 37-23, 1st in Stedler division
Oneonta returned from the All Star break with a 4-0 victory over Tri-City. Bruce Badenhop got the win, going the distance as he pitched a five-hit shutout, also striking out three batters. Michael Holliman went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Ryan Roberson went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Matt Joyce also scored a pair of runs for the O-Tigers. The two teams match up again on Thursday at 7pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - 24-29, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers couldn't continue their win streak, as they fell 4-1 to the GCL Yankees. Matt Rusch took the loss but pitched well, allowing three runs over seven innings, including a pair of strikeouts. Eric Beattie also made another appearance and showed fairly well, pitching another scoreless inning, though he did walk a pair of batters. The offense had just a pair of hits, getting their lone run from Angel Reyes' solo home run. The GCL Tigers wrap up their season on Thursday afternoon against the GCL Yankees at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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