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.