Tigers even series against Angels
04/26/2006 2:35 AM ET
By Sandy Burgin / Special to MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- No sooner did the Tigers get back to their clubhouse on Tuesday night after their 5-2 victory over the Angels behind the pitching of Jeremy Bonderman and the hitting of Magglio Ordonez than manager Jim Leyland had a message for his troops. This time he said he used "better English.""Well, we've won six out of eight [on this trip,] and I've already talked to them about it," said Leyland. "[On Wednesday afternoon,] they have to be ready to play, and we got to go for the gusto. You can't be satisfied.
"Obviously at worst you go home 6-3 on the West Coast, and you have to feel pretty good about it. But we have nine innings to play and, hopefully, we're going to play hard.
"Sure, we're going home [on Wednesday night], but we don't want get caught like we did against Cleveland when we were on our way out West," said Leyland, who went into a tirade after the Tigers dropped a 10-2 decision on a getaway day that gave the Indians a split of a four-game series on April 17.
"I delivered the message nice for the most part and one time, not so nice," said Leyland, "and I prefer the nice part. I like they way I used better English when I gave them the message tonight."
On Tuesday night, Bonderman, Ordonez and the rest of the Tigers delivered their own message to the Angels, keeping alive their chances of winning three straight series on the West Coast.
The 23-year-old Bonderman (2-2), who struck out six and walked one, allowed just a second-inning single to Darin Erstad through the first five innings, before the Angels pushed across two runs in the sixth.
By then, Detroit had built a 5-0 lead off Angels starter Hector Carrasco (0-1) with the help of Ordonez, who had three hits on the night, including his fourth home run of the season leading off the fourth.
Ordonez's homer was the ninth of his career at Angel Stadium, where he is hitting .356 in 34 games.
"We did play well, which was dictated by the pitching of Bonderman," said Leyland. "He did a good job keeping the ball on the ground, the bullpen came in and did its job and Maggs swung the bat, Pudge [Rodriguez] got a couple hits, [Chris] Shelton got an RBI, everyone contributed. It's a nice win for us."
Bonderman continued his mastery of Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero, retiring him three times, twice on strikeouts. Guerrero is now 1-for-11 against Bonderman.
"I've been fortunate to have had a lot of success against Guerrero," said Bonderman. "He's one of those guys who is going to get you every once in a while. But I just feel you have to expand the zone with him. You have to come way up off the plate with him. And every once in a while, you sneak one in the strike zone on accident, not when you're trying to, you can get away with it every once in a while. He's a great hitter. I've just been lucky to keep him off the bases."
"Bonderman didn't have his powering fastball for most of the night," said Leyland, "but he pitched, which was really good to see. He had a nasty slider early on. His velocity wasn't where he wanted it, but he got some and ground balls. Pudge did a great job of calling the game and the pitches and it all worked out."
Jamie Walker and Joel Zumaya combined for two scoreless innings of relief before Todd Jones came on in the ninth to pick up his third save.