After winning 7 consecutive games on the road against National League teams, the Tigers returned to Comerica Park today and got whipped by the Rangers 8-3. Jeremy Bonderman dug a hole with his usual one bad inning. This time it was the third inning. After getting the first 2 outs in the inning, he proceeded to allow 3 singles and a walk for 2 runs. Then he threw wild to first on a grounder back to the mound for 2 more runs. Bonderman settled down after that and pitched shutout ball for the next 4 innings. He also struck out 9 on the night but the damage had been done and Tigers could not come back. For what it's worth, it was Bonderman's first loss of the year.
The Tigers had 5 runners on base with less than two outs in the first 2 innings but could only score 1 of them. In all, they had 8 hits including 2 apiece for Curtis Granderson, Sean Casey and Brandon Inge. One of Granderson's hits was his 14th triple of the year leaving him 12 shy of the American League record of 26.
A decision needs to made on who to send down when Nate Robertson rejoins the roster and starts tomorrow. I still think it will be Macay McBride who made his Tiger debut tonight allowing 2 hits and 1 run in 1 inning. Eulogio DeLaCruz did not help his cause either though as he gave up 3 runs and a walk in the 9th inning. We'll find out tomorow.