Jeremy Bonderman is enjoying his second season in the majors much more than his first.
The 21-year-old right-hander, who will be looking for his 11th win of the season, has been especially impressive in recent outings. He is 4-1 with 42 strikeouts and a 2.00 ERA in his last five starts.
Bonderman allowed three runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings while striking out seven in an 11-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
After going 6-19 as a rookie last season, Bonderman said he feels much more comfortable on the mound this season.
“It sure feels better this year,” Bonderman said. “I felt like I would never get off six wins.”
As Bonderman hopes for another strong start, the Tigers will try to complete a winning road trip. Detroit is 3-2 with one game remaining on its six-game trip to Cleveland and Chicago.
After taking an 8-4 lead on two-run homers by Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena in the top of the 10th inning Saturday, the Tigers allowed the White Sox to score four runs in the bottom half of the inning before falling 9-8 in the 12th.
“As soon as the ball was hit I knew I would be rounding third base and trying to score, just in case something did happen at first,” Borchard said.
The White Sox had lost five straight.