Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2005

Bonderman baffles Indians

22-year old snubbed as All-Star, but solid again

July 7, 2005


— Jeremy Bonderman's teammates can't understand why the 22-year-old right-hander isn't going to the All-Star game.

He backed their point again Wednesday night, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

"There's no question he's an All-Star," Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge said.

"He should be at the game with me," added catcher Ivan Rodriguez who will be at the game next Tuesday night. "He's a great pitcher having a great season."

Bonderman (11-5) allowed two runs and five hits over eight innings, coming within three outs of his third complete-game win in four starts.

Chris Shelton had three of Detroit's 15 hits as the Tigers won their second straight game and fourth in their last 14. Cleveland dropped to 9-4 since June 26.

Bonderman matched his career high for wins, set last year when he went 11-13 following a 6-19 rookie season.

"It's a great feeling to already have 11," he said.

Bonderman said he has accepted not being selected to the game in his home ballpark.

"It's over," he said. "I've moved on. I've made plans to go fishing in Florida - if we don't hit the hurricane."

Bonderman struck out five, walked two and improved to 5-1 in six starts since June 11. He also became the first Detroit pitcher to win 11 games before the All-Star break since Bill Gullickson in 1991.

Cleveland Indians outfielder coco crisp jumps on the wall but cannot get a ball hit by Detroit's Magglio Ordonez. The play resulted in a two-run double, and the Tigers went on the beat the Indians, 7-3, Wednesday in Cleveland.

Cleveland Indians outfielder coco crisp jumps on the wall but cannot get a ball hit by Detroit's Magglio Ordonez. The play resulted in a two-run double, and the Tigers went on the beat the Indians, 7-3, Wednesday in Cleveland.

Troy Percival got the final out with two runners on for his seventh save in nine attempts.

Rodriguez hustled the Tigers into a 1-0 lead off C.C. Sabathia (6-5) in the fourth inning, scoring from second base on a ball hit only about five feet.

Rodriguez hit a one-out single and took second on a single to left by Craig Monroe.

With Rodriguez running on a 3-2 pitch, Inge topped a ball in front of the plate. Catcher Victor Martinez threw out Inge, then took the return throw from first baseman Ben Broussard and tried to apply a swipe tag while blocking the plate. Rodriguez slid around Martinez and reached under the tag with his left hand to score.

"It was a great slide," Indians manager Eric Wedge said. "Everything had to go right for them there and it did."

Rodriguez jammed his little finger on the play and left three innings later.

Travis Hafner tied it in the bottom half of the fourth, hitting his 18th homer into the bleachers in right-center. It was his eighth homer in 12 games.

"Is he hot, or what?" Tigers manager Alan Trammell asked about Hafner, who his hitting .387 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs over his last 32 games.

Sabathia yielded singles to Placido Polanco and Carlos Guillen to open the fifth. Shelton then hit a one-hopper back to the big left-hander, scoring Polanco. Shelton was safe and Guillen went to third when Sabathia threw wildly to second base for an error.

Angels 7, Twins 6

Anaheim, Calif. - Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer off Johan Santana in the seventh inning and threw out the potential tying run at home in the eighth Wednesday, leading Los Angeles over Minnesota.

The win was the 13th in 16 games for the Angels, while the Twins lost for the third time in 10 games.

The Twins led 5-3 entering the seventh when Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero singled and Anderson hit his 11th homer.

Joel Peralta (1-0) got the final out in the seventh for his first major league victory.

The Twins drew within one run off Scot Shields in the eighth on three straight hits, but with runners at first and third and one out, Nick Punto lined to left and Anderson gunned down Mike Ryan trying to score.

Blue Jays 8, Athletics 0

Toronto - Ted Lilly pitched seven scoreless innings, and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer in the Blue Jays' five-run eighth.

Lilly (7-8) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked two. He beat Oakland's Joe Blanton (5-7), who gave up three runs in seven innings and lost for the first time in five starts.

Frank Menechino had three hits and scored two runs for Toronto.

White Sox 7, Devil Rays 2

Chicago - Frank Thomas hit his second three-run homer in as many games, Jose Contreras won for the first time in a nearly a month and the White Sox handed Tampa Bay its eighth straight loss.

Contreras (4-5), who had not won since June 7, allowed two runs and six hits in six-plus innings as Chicago completed a three-game sweep. Casey Fossum (3-7) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in six innings.

Thomas, who hit the game-winning three-run shot in the eighth inning Tuesday night, got his 11th homer in 72 at-bats this season.

Red Sox 7, Rangers 4

Arlington, Texas - Matt Clement worked into the ninth inning for his 10th victory, and David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs for Boston.

Clement (10-2) retired 10 straight after giving up consecutive homers to David Dellucci and Michael Young in the third. The only other runs he allowed were on Dellucci's second homer, in the seventh.

Clement, who beat Chan Ho Park (8-3), allowed nine hits and struck out nine. Alan Embree got his first save.

Boston's Johnny Damon extended his career-high hitting streak to 22 games - giving him the longest run in the majors this season.


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