It’s been a while since I felt good about breaking this one out.
It was an old-school Bondo outing in a variety of ways. The first inning was terrible, for one thing: Bondo threw 28 pitches and gave up two runs to start the game off. If we can call last season vintage, then that was definitely vintage Bondo. Go farther back, though, and you find the vintage Bondo who was capable of dominating big league lineups regardless of inning and, after the first, that’s also what we saw today.
Bondo didn’t give up a run for the rest of the 7.2 innings he ended up pitching. He ended the day with 100 pitches even, and if I remember correctly he had something like 84 pitches thrown going into the 8th inning. So after throwing 28 pitches in the first inning, he averaged around 14-per for the bulk of the rest of the game. At one point he retired 11 or 12 guys in a row despite the fact that he only threw 1 K.
Jeremy Bonderman, ladies and tomcats: better than you.
Oh, and there was the small matter of Placido Polanco HITTING TWO HOME RUNS, one of which came off of THE FARNS. For Polanco to hit a single home run is a big deal, he’s not a home run hitter, but to see him hit TWO…
As if that wasn’t fabulous enough, when he came back to the dugout, Miguel Cabrera greeted him with a FOREHEAD-TO-FOREHEAD RUB. All over Detroit kittens were spontaneously generated, and somewhere in Flint a car company rehired a factory worker. It was THAT amazing.
And of course we’re all aware by now that Jason Grilli was traded. You can see the post below if you want to have a look at that.