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>>caption: BONDERMAN (L) GAVE
UP 7-R BEFORE LEYLAND (#10)
PULLED HIM OUT<<
@ KANSAS CITY, MO:
The Royals battered Tiger
starter Jeremy Bonderman early
and often to defeat Detroit 7-2
Sunday afternoon in the rubber
game of a 3-game weekend series.
Kansas City scored five times in
the first two innings and added
another pair in the B-6th to chase
Bonderman (L, 2-4).
The Royals outhit the Tigers 15-6 in the contest.
Jose Guillen blasted a 2-out/B-1st 3rHR (#13) to give the Royals all the
runs they'd need.
KayCee made it 5-0/B-2nd with a 2-R frame on an RBI-2B by Yuniesky
Betancourt, then Betancourt scored on a Jason Kendall RBI-1B.
The closest Detroit came against Royals starter Brian Bannister (W, 6-3)
was 5-1/T-4th when Johnny Damon led-off with a single, stole second and
scored when next batter Magglio Ordonez delivered an RBI-1B to LField.
The Royals sent Bonderman to the showers in a 2-R/B-6th. Betancourt's
sac-fly was the inning's second out, then Willie Bloomquist added an RBI-1B to
make it 7-1 and end Bonderman's effort.
Detroit made it a 7-2 final when Don Kelly led-off the T-8th with a double,
went to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch moments before
Bannister was pulled from the contest.
Bannister exited after 98 pitches/62 strikes over 7.1-IP and scattered 5-H
& 1-W with 5-K as he won his fifth consecutive decision. Blake Wood (0.2-IP) and
Joakim Soria (1-IP) finished up on the hill for Kansas City.
Bonderman lasted 5.2-IP to throw 89 pitches/58 strikes and yield 11-H & 1-W
with 2-K. Ryan Perry got the last out of the B-6th and Brad Thomas scattered
4-H over the final two scoreless innings.
No Tiger had multiple basehits. Five Royals had 2-H each including Betancourt
and Mitch Maier who were both 2-for-3.
The Tigers went quietly and quickly as the game took just 2:16 to play.
Detroit has lost four of its last five series.
DET 2-6-0, 5-LOB (L) Bonderman, 2-4
KC 7-15-0, 7-LOB (W) Bannister, 6-3
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "We didn’t do much offensively and Bonderman didn’t have
a good day. He was fighting himself. Bannister is always effective against us. And it’s
not just us. Evidently he’s been doing pretty good against everybody else, too...
He changed speeds, switched his pitches, used both sides of the plate. He cuts it,
curves it, sinks it -- he's a good pitcher."
TIGERS SP JEREMY BONDERMAN: "In the first inning, I had the opportunity to get the first
two outs, and then I gave up a couple of singles and I tried to come in on [Guillen]...I'll just
have to regroup and go get them next time."
TIGERS DH JOHNNY DAMON: "Bannister’s fastball has a lot more life on it than the radar
gun shows. We were late on a lot of his pitchers and he was able to spot his cutter in
and out. He got me with a sinker on the first strikeout and then with a curve the second
time, and he doesn’t throw me that many curves. This year, against us, he’s learned to
pitch more effectively."
ROYALS SP BRIAN BANNISTER: "Jose [Guillen] got it started right away. Bonderman’s
ball is coming in on him, down and away. He got his pitch and didn’t miss it. That was
a big blow right away...I still would like for Zack [Greinke] and [Luke] Hochevar to get
some run support. They don’t need to waste it all on me. Zack and Hoch have out-pitched
me this year. They deserve more. I’m still trying to catch up.”
ROYALS MGR NED YOST: "[Bannister] never throws anything straight. His fastball cuts
one way, his changeup cuts the other. So it’s very difficult to get a read on as a hitter
...Historically, he pitches very well in day games. He’s done very well against the Tigers.
He’s won every game since I’ve been here, knock on wood."
In an effort to bolster the bottom end of their lineup, after the game the Tigers
designated SStop Adam Everett for assignment and recalled INF Danny Worth from 3A
Toledo. Everett was batting just .185 with 0-HR & only 4-RBI in 31 games for Detroit
this season. Worth, primarily a SStop, hit .333 in eight games as a fill-in 2Bman for the
Tigers last month.
Perry ended a string of four consecutive appearances where he allowed enemy runs.
Kendall went 7-for-13 (.538-BA) in the series.
Jose Guillen is 5-for-16 (313-BA) with 8-RBI lifetime against Bonderman.
Bannister's career stats include 5-2 against Detroit and 20-8 in day games.
After a Monday off-day the Tigers conclude their 6-game road trip with a 3-game
series at the Chicago White Sox beginning Tuesday night.
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