Game 89: Royals at Tigers

PREGAME: The boys are back in town. After a long road trip and All Star break, the Tigers return for their only homestand of the month. Fans have been anxiously awaiting their return and gobbling up tickets in the meantime. When I was buying ticket for tonights game on Monday, I heard one of the ticket agents say that infield box seats are sold out for the month. It’s crazy.

As for the game itself, the Tigers look to continue their unbeaten streak against the Royals. Jeremy Bonderman takes the hill for Detroit. Tiger fans and Matt Stairs should be excited. Bonderman has a 1.82 ERA since June 1st and is striking out a batter an inning. In fact since May 24th Bonderman has allowed only 2 homers, one to Prince Fielder and the other was to…Matt Stairs. In his career Stairs is 8 for 16 with 3 homers off of Bonderman.

Brandon Duckworth will take the mound for the Royals. Duckworth is making just his 6th start and only once has he made it through the 6th inning while getting into 90-100 pitch territory each time.

Game Time 7:05pm

POSTGAME: That was definitely an unusual performance for Bonderman. At times he looked dominant fanning 8 in 5 2/3 innings. But then there were the 5 walks. And the 2 home runs. It was definitely a departure from the way he had been pitching.

As for the offense, 8 of the 9 starters picking up one hit each and sub Alexis Gomez joined in as well. Fortunately the Tigers picked up the bulk of their hits in the same inning. It’s easy to look at the Tigers inability to score guys in scoring position in the 7th and 8th innings and say they lacked timely hitting. But then you have to look at the 5th inning when they got hit after hit.

In any case, it’s nice to see them pick up where they left off.

5 Comments

  1. Tim D

    July 13, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    I’ll be in town at the end of August. I’ll be taking a bunch of family to the 8/24 daygame with Chicago. I went to stubhub and most of the seats were anywhere from $50 apiece up to $180.

    I was astounded and fortunate to find 10 seats together in Section 324, row 5 for $30!! apiece. Back of home plate near the front edge of the upper deck. I grabbed them. Has anybody sat there? How are they? Look pretty good on the website photo thingy.

  2. Jeff M

    July 13, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    I’ve watched a few innings from there. There really aren’t any bad seats in the house (except LF for the first half of a night game), and those are no exception.

  3. Anne

    July 13, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve had similar seats (more down the 3rd base side). Except for the RF grandstand, I think the upper box seats are the best deal at Comerica, especially when you can find a half-price offer.

    Enjoy the game, Tim. Sounds like you’re bringing your own party with you! Comerica should be rockin’ and rollin’ for this whole homestand. Can’t wait!

  4. Kyle J

    July 13, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Gives you some idea what the demand will be like for playoff tickets (knock on wood).

  5. Jeff M

    July 14, 2006 at 6:56 am

    Did Inge get the appropriate amount of love for that foul ball he caught?? He went WAY out in the outfield to get that. It was definitely the LF’s ball, if your LF isn’t Thames.