It was another wild game with lots of hitting and not so much pitching for the Tigers tonight. The Tigers built an 11-3 lead by scoring 2 in the 3rd, 4 in the 5th and 4 in the 6th. They batted around in both the 5th and 6th and appeared headed for a easy rout. With the Tigers bullpen, no lead is safe though and they needed 5 pitchers to come away with a 12-8 victory. Ivan Rodriguez led the Tigers attack with a home run, 2 doubles and 5 RBI. Sean Casey went 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and narrowly missed his elusive first homer of the year.
Starter Jeremy Bonderman did not have great stuff tonight. He did not have good command of his slider and that is always a very bad sign for Bonderman. He looked like he was throwing more change-ups than usual but those didn't work too well either. After allowing 5 homers in his first 72 innings, he allowed 4 of them tonight. Luckily, they were all solo shots. Jimmy Rollins led off the game for the Phillies with a homer and Ryan Howard also hit one in the first inning. Rollins hit his 2nd of the game in the 5th and Greg Dobbs added one in the 6th. In all, Bonderman gave up 5 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings.
Then the bullpen took over and made it interesting as usual. Tim Byrdak gave up a 2 run homer to Shane Victorino in the 7th and 3 runs in 1 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodney allowed a run scoring triple in the 8th. Bobby Seay retired the first 2 batters in the 9th before walking Aaron Roward. Todd Jones then came in and walked Pat Burrell before striking out Dobbs for the final out.
Tomorrow, it will be 22 year old Andrew Miller versus 44 year old Jamie Moyer ay 7:05.