Bonderman pitches great as Tigers claim fifth straight victory!

Hondo S. Carpenter

Bonderman pitches great as Tigers claim fifth straight victory!
By: Chris Russell Jr.
    The Detroit Tigers claimed their fifth straight victory Monday night in Milwaukee, and they did it the same way they’ve done it all year. With great pitching, timely hits, and a team that just won’t quit. Jeremy Bonderman pitched another gem on his way to his seventh victory of the year. Bonderman struck the Brewers out early and often, finishing the game with 12 strikeouts in total.
     The game was a pitchers duel all the way into the bottom of the seventh inning until Bonderman gave up a solo home run to Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder. The Brew Crew would not hold that lead for long. In the top of the eighth the Tigers tagged the Brewers for 3 runs. It all started with a soft bunt down the first base line by Brandon Inge. On the same play Brewers reliever Matt Wise didn’t make such a wise decision by trying to throw out the speedy Inge. He would end up throwing the ball into right field, allowing Inge to advance to second base. Alex Gomez would follow Inge’s bunt with one of his own. And once again the Brewers found a way to screw it up. Gomez laid the bunt down the third base line and Corey Koskie threw a bad ball to Fielder who couldn’t handle the throw. Allowing Inge to score all the way from second. Then with one out, Wise walked Polanco. The Brewers then pulled Wise with Ivan Rodriguez waiting on deck. The Brewers brought out Jose Capellan who struck out Pudge on three pitches. Then with two outs Maggilo Ordonez ripped a double down the right field line that drove in the go ahead and game winning runs.
    With Joel Zumaya waiting in the bullpen manager Jim Leyland called his number. And big Joel delivered. Shutting the Brewers down one, two, and three. Then came on Todd Jones, and following in Zumaya’s footsteps Jones shut the door on any chance of a comeback the Brewers had in mind. Tigers manger Jim Leyland put it best "Yesterday we hit eight home runs, tonight we probably won with a couple of bunts, that’s a combination." With the win the Tigers improve the MLB best record to 47-24. Tonight the Tigers send rookie Zach Miner to the mound. Miner is looking for his third big league win. He’ll square off with Milwaukee’s Rick Helling. Helling is make his first start of the season but has appeared in two other games with the Brewers. First pitch tonight is at 8:05. Be sure to tune in!
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