Sunday, June 03, 2007

Tigers Salvage Split with Indians

Jeremy Bonderman held the Indians to 2 runs on 4 hits in 6 2/3 innings today as the Tigers cruised to a 9-2 victory. The win gave the Tigers a split of the 4 game series after the they lost the first two games in ugly fashion. Bonderman had his usual first inning problems allowing two runs on a double by Jhonny Peralta and a homer by Victor Martinez. However, he would not allow another hit until he gave up two singles in the seventh inning. The bullpen got the job done for the second straight game as Wil Ledezma and Jason Grilli combined for 2 1/3 shutout innings.

Bonderman has allowed just 4 earned runs and 12 hits in 21 innings over 3 games since returning from a stint on the disabled list with a blister problem. For the year, he has a 3.24 ERA which places him 10th in the league. His fielding independent statistics have been excellent as usual. Coming into the game his FIP ERA of 2.90 was 2nd in the league behind Josh Beckett. FIP ERA is based on walks, strikeouts and homers per 9 innings pitched and is theoretically the ERA a pitcher would have with an average defense behind him. He was 5th in the league in BB/9 IP (1.9), 9th in K/9 (8.4) and 10th in HR/9 (0.62).

The four game series between the two best hitting teams in baseball featured 64 runs and 104 and there not a lot of cheap hits among them. The Tigers now travel to Texas which is the best hitting environment in the American League. After a day off on Monday, it will be a 3 game series with Nate Robertson, Justin Verlander and Mike Maroth versus Vicente Padilla, Kevin Millwood and TBA.

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