Jeremy Bonderman and Steve Colyer teamed up to pitch a great game on Wednesday. Bonderman gave the pen a rest and pitched 7 innings while only allowing two runs. He scattered 4 hits and 5 walks (ouch). Colyer came in and collected the final 6 outs. That’s the good news.
The bad news is the Tigers bats couldn’t do anything against Rich Harden. For the second straight game the Tiger hitters failed to collect an extra base hit. Their last extra base hit was in the 8th inning of Sunday’s game. Which means it’s been 25 innings.
…Fernando Vina was placed on the 15 day disabled list with a hamstring problem. Infante will get the bulk of the playing time at second, and Guillen will probably move up into the two-spot in the order. Offensively the Tigers won’t be giving up much without Vina. Defensively, they will probably miss his ability to turn the pivot. However, this could be a great opportunity for Infante to prove himself. He’ll be able to play regularly, and he’ll team with Guillen in the middle of the diamond.
Jason Smith will take Vina’s place on the roster. To add him to the 40 man, Lino Urdaneta was placed on the 60 day DL.
…Also, news out of Erie isn’t good for Rob Henkel. It looks like he’ll be shut down for the season with shoulder surgery.
…David Espinosa has made Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet for his hot start.
…Juan Tejada hit his third homer in two nights for Erie. He leads the Seawolves with 9.