Los Angeles (61-67) at Detroit (31-95)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Aug 22, 2003
  • TV: FSD
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Whether he likes it or not, rookie Jeremy Bonderman is on the fast track toward a dubious statistical distinction.

Bonderman tries to avoid losing his 17th game of the season as the woeful Detroit Tigers host the Anaheim Angels at Comerica Park.

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.

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R. Ortiz TOR vs. J. Bonderman DET
16-13 Record 6-19
5.20 ERA 5.56
94 K 108
63 BB 58
1.51 WHIP 1.55