Glad to Leave Seattle

I once read in a book about baseball, that sometimes pitchers who get
frazzled with a bad pitch, or throw, have to be careful not to let the
bad throw “leak” into the next series of pitches.

It is too bad Jeremy Bonderman didn’t see that book, or read that
chapter.

He looked like he had everything going his way Friday night – at
least once through the Seattle lineup. After a pick off attempt went
wild in the second inning, things began to unravel for him.

During the third inning Ichiro singled. Bonderman, who was facing
Chone Figgins, threw wildly to first allowing Ichiro to advance to
second. He walked Figgins, Ichiro stole third, and Franklin Gutierrez
tripled.

One bad throw seemed to “leak” into the next. Then before you know it
Bonderman is in deep.

Saturday night, Justin Verlander began with his share of difficulties
before finding his groove. He lasted through seven innings, giving up
three earned runs. The Tigers lost that game, 4-2.

On Sunday, Max Scherzer went six innings and allowed two runs on six
hits. The Tigers salvaged one game of the series, 4-2.

As the weekend drew to a close the Tigers found themselves with a
record of 7-5. They are a game and a half behind the Minnesota Twins.

The Tigers begin a four game series tonight with the Los Angeles
Angels. The Tigers will play American League western division teams for
11 of the next 14 games.

Dontrelle Willis is the scheduled starter.

Dontrelle needs to pitch exceptionally well tonight. He was fortunate
in his last start that his team was able to build a significant rally
to win. He isn’t always going to be so lucky.

WHO’S HOT?

Magglio Ordonez is hot at Angel Stadium. In 49 career games there he
is batting .360 with 10 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, and 33 RBI’s.

Austin Jackson has hit safely in 10 of  his first 11 major league
games. He is the fourth Tiger’s player since 1920 to collect at least
one hit in 10 of his first 11 major league games. The last Tiger to do
that was Omar Infante in 2002.

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