PHILADELPHIA (AP)—In case anyone in Detroit cares, Jeremy Bonderman gave fans another reason to celebrate along with a Pistons championship.
“It was as good as it gets,” manager Alan Trammell said. “It was outstanding.”
Trammell spoke while craning his neck around reporters trying to watch the final seconds of the Detroit Pistons winning the NBA championship.
Most of the Tigers were only interested in watching and celebrating in the locker room. Bonderman politely asked reporters to step aside so he could watch the Pistons.
Bonderman (5-5) was crisp and in control, tying a career high with eight strikeouts and walking only two. He allowed his only hit in the fourth and won for the first time in five starts.
“I was able to spot my fastball and keep guys off balance most of the game,” Bonderman said.
Bonderman pitched only 7 1-3 innings in his last three starts, including a two-inning stint his last time out in a start shortened by rain. Nothing got in his way against the Phillies.
“In my last two starts, I really don’t know what happened,” Bonderman said. “Tonight was a lot better.”
Bonderman didn’t allow a hit for the first 3 1-3 innings until he gave up a solo homer to Bobby Abreu, his 15th of the year. He allowed only one walk after that and 56 of his 86 pitches were strikes.
The 21-year-old righty might have gone longer if this interleague game was played at Detroit. Instead, Bonderman was pinch hit for with one out in the eighth inning.
Reliever Danny Patterson hit two batters and threw a wild pitch as the Phillies scored a run in the eighth without getting a hit.
Trammell said he pulled Bonderman because he wanted to build his strength after several short outings and give his relievers some work. But Trammell said Bonderman looked as relaxed as he has all year.
“I wanted to leave him with a very good performance and a good taste in his mouth,” Trammell said.
Some clutch triples from Guillen certainly helped.
Guillen also had a leadoff triple in the second off former Tiger Brian Powell (0-1). He scored on his triple in the seventh when Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins caught the relay from Marlon Bryd and headed toward second base.
An alert Guillen then scampered toward home and beat Rollins’ hurried throw for a 9-1 lead. It was ruled a three-RBI triple and Guillen scored on a fielder’s choice.
“He just kind of burned him,” Trammell said of Guillen’s hustle.
Guillen went 2-for-5 and 10 of his last 19 hits have been for extra bases (four doubles, four homers, two triples). Trammell said Guillen deserved All-Star consideration, saying “there’s none better that Carlos Guillen in all phases of the game.”
Powell was effective in his first major league start since last July 10 against Colorado. Powell gave up four runs and had a career-high eight strikeouts. He allowed seven hits, but five came in the first two innings.
Philadelphia missed a chance to move into a tie for first in the National League with Florida’s loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Phillies manager Larry Bowa got testy with reporters twice, once when asked to dissect Rollins’ mental miscue—he said it didn’t matter in a blowout game—and to another about his disappointment in their weak offensive output.
“Why would I be disappointed?” Bowa said. “There’s no merit to that question. These guys have played hard all year.”
Powell, who was drafted by the Tigers in 1995 and pitched parts of two seasons with them, retired 12 straight batters in one stretch before giving up a solo homer to Rondell White in the sixth.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on an Ivan Rodriguez sacrifice fly in the first.Rodriguez also added a solo shot in the ninth.
Tigers CF Alex Sanchez singled, then stole second and third in the second inning. … Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single in the seventh. … It was the first of a nine-game road trip for Detroit. … Tigers RF Bobby Higginson played his first professional game in his hometown. Higginson rented a luxury box for the three-game series and tossed several balls into the crowd. … A night after the Phillies played a game stopped three times by rain, with delays totaling 3 hours, 54 minutes, the start to Tuesday’s game was delayed 1:45. … Thome’s homer was his 39th ininterleague play, the most by any player.