Whether he likes it or not, rookie Jeremy Bonderman is on the fast track toward a dubious statistical distinction.
Bonderman is trying to avoid joining teammate Mike Maroth (6-18) as the second pitcher in the majors to lose 17 games. However, the 20-year-old right-hander has pitched better of late, going 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA over his last three starts.
“He’s a 20-year-old kid who can be inconsistent at times,” Trammell said. “He needs some polishing, but he’s going to be with us for a long while.”
Bonderman has won four of his last six decisions after a stretch of nine straight defeats. Both he and Maroth are trying to avoid becoming the first 20-gamee losers in the majors since Oakland’s Brian Kingman in 1980.
Detroit has lost nine straight to drop to 31-95 and just 6-28 since the All-Star break. The Tigers have matched their longest losing streak this season—they opened with nine straight loses and dropped nine in a row again from June 21-29.
The Tigers are the first team with three losing streaks of nine or more since the 1998 Florida Marlins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Marlins had an 11-game skid and two that reached nine.
Scott Spiezio hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning Thursday as the Angels beat Detroit 10-7. Jeff DaVanon homered and doubled for the defending World Series champions, who ended a three-game losing streak of their own.
Anaheim has had its way with Detroit this season, winning all four matchups to run its winning streak in the series to 12.
STANDINGS: Angels - 3rd place, 15 1/2 GB, AL West. Tigers - 5th place, 35 GB, AL Central.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Ramon Ortiz (14-10, 4.71 ERA). The right-hander is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four career starts against Detroit. Ortiz pitched six innings, yielding three runs and eight hits to earn an 11-6 win over the Tigers on Sunday. The win snapped a two-start losing streak.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Bonderman (6-16, 5.22 ERA). Bonderman went five innings, allowing four runs and eight hits in the 11-6 loss to the Angels on Sunday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Angels - Garret Anderson, .322 avg., 26 HRs and 101 RBIs; Anderson and Tim Salmon, 65 runs; Adam Kennedy, 17 SBs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .289 avg., 24 HRs, 64 RBIs and 59 runs; Alex Sanchez, 28 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Angels, 4-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Angels - RHP Ortiz is just 3-4 with a 5.71 ERA since the All-Star break. … 1B Spiezio is 3-for-3 with a home run career against RHP Bonderman. … OF Anderson ranks second in the AL with 43 doubles. Tigers - OF Bobby Higginson is batting .538 (7-for-13) with two home runs lifetime against Ortiz. … INF Chone Figgins has hit in 10 of his last 11 games, going 18-for-45. … 1B Carlos Pena has two hits in his last 11 at-bats.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Angels - 24-38 on the road; Tigers - 14-46 at home.
INJURIES: Angels - SS David Eckstein (hamstring), 15-day DL; 1B-DH Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; 3B Troy Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL. Tigers - C A.J. Hinch (groin), 15-day DL; 3B Dean Palmer (shoulder and neck), 60-day DL.