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BONDO BREEZES..... TIGERS 5, Chicago WSox 1, W 9/8/10
Posted on: 09-08-2010

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      Tiger starter Jeremy Bonderman
breezed through the White Sox line-
up Wednesday evening about as
dominating as the winds around
Detroit the last three days.
      Bonderman had perfect 1-2-3
innings in six of the eight frames
he pitched to help beat Chicago
5-1 in a quickie 2-hrs, 4-mins.
      Detroit's second consecutive win restored the Tigs to the .500-mark at 70-70.   
The dcecision dropped the second place White Sox to five and a half games back
of AL-Central leading Minnesota, kept third place Detroit 13 off the Twins pace
and drew the Tigers within seven and a half of the WSox.   
      Bonderman equalled his longest outing of the year and allowed only 1-R for the
fifth time in his 25 starts. He's 4-0 with 1-ND in those five outings.
      Wednesday, Bondo allowed just 3-H & 1-W and tied his season-high of 8-K.
      Bonderman retired the first 10 WSox batters until Omar Vizquel soloed (#2)
to the RField seats with 1-out/T-4th.
      The Tigers got help in going ahead in the B-4th with three of their four runs
in the frame unearned, courtesy of Chicago 3Bman Mark Teahen's second error
of the game. Detroit batted around off WSox starter John   Danks (L, 13-10),
loading the bases with 1-out on a single, error and walk. Brandon Inge blooped a
2r1B to RCField. Alex Avila followed with a 2-out, 2r2B to deep CField over the
outstretched glove of retreating WSox flychaser Alex Rios.
      Detroit made it 5-1/B-5th. Lead-off man Ryan Raburn had his tower buzzed
and warnings were issued to both benches. Raburn responded with a double down
the LField line. Raburn moved to third on a Brennan Boesch 4-3 groundout. Raburn
then scored on a dribbler INF-1B off the bat of Casper Wells. Jhonny Peralta followed
with a conventional single to put runners at the corners, but any further threat
quickly fizzled.
      Danks (6-ip) and reliever Tony Pena (2-IP) combined to retire the final 11 Tiger
batters, so had Bonderman faded the opportunity would have been there for the WSox.
      Phil Coke worked the T-9th in relief of Bonderman, yielded a 1-out single to Rios,
but induced a game-ending 5-4-3 double play grounder from slow-footed Paul Konerko
even though Detroit 3Bman Inge initially bobbled the ball.
      Raburn of Detroit and Vizquel of the ChiSox were each 2-for-4 as the only batters in
the ballgame with multiple safeties.
      CWS       1-4-2, 3-LOB         (L) Danks, 13-10
      DET         5-8-1, 6-LOB       (W) Bonderman, 8-9


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "We're a little short in the pen, and I felt he was getting some
quick outs, so I thought he would be OK for eight innings. He didn't have an overpowering
fastball, but he changed speeds pretty well and he kept the ball down."

TIGERS SP JEREMY BONDERMAN:    "That's the best I've felt in a while. That's what you strive
for as a pitcher. It doesn't happen often, but it definitely feels good."

TIGERS 3B BRANDON INGE:    "[Bonderman] was workin' quick. Fielders love that...He was
gettin' groundballs. He was gettin' outs...He pitched smart."

TIGERS LF RYAN RABURN:    "It seems like every hit [for him] is findin' the holes now. Earlier
in the year [the opposition] were catchin' everything...We're still battlin' and playin' as
hard as we can."

WSOX MGR OZZIE GUILLEN:    "We know that we are better than we've played the last two
nights. We've got to forget about this, because tomorrow afternoon is now a big game."

WSOX SP JOHN DANKS:    "I felt great, but I ran into a bit of bad luck and didn't make a
couple pitches I needed to make...They hit Manny twice yesterday and almost hit
Andruw, so we were definitely trying to send a message [on the close pitch at Raburn].
We didn't hit anyone, so I don't know if the warning was warranted, but I can definitely
understand why the umpire did it. It is his job to keep control out there, so you can't
fault him."


      Both of Vizquel's homers this year are vs Detroit. His first was June 10th off Max
Scherzer in Chicago.
      Tiger starters have a 2.39-ERA and a 10-1 record over the last 19 games.
      Raburn is batting .406 over his last 10 games.
      Teahen has made 10 errors in 44 career games at 3Base vs Detroit.
      Bonderman sent a changeup over the head of Andruw Jones in the T-5th. The WSox took
offense and warned the Tigers retaliation would be forthcoming. Sure enough, Danks aimed
the first pitch of the B-5th at Raburn's noggin and HP umpire Brian Gorman issued warnings
to both benches. There were no further incidents. Chicago was still angry over DH Manny
Ramirez getting hit twice on inside pitches Tuesday night. By the way:   Jones struck-out
in all three trips to the plate Wednesday and Ramirez was 0-for-2 with the only walk off
Tiger pitchers Bonderman & Coke.   
      Tiger 1Bman Miguel Cabrera sat out with left biceps tendinitis. It's the second game
in the last six Cabrera was sidelined.
        Thursday matinee probable pitchers for the series finale are RHPs Rick Porcello
(8-11, 5.20) of Detroit and Gavin Floyd (10-11, 3.78) for the White Sox. Floyd has
never lost to the Tigers (5-0 in 13 career starts).



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