It was an admirable thing, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. But it wasn't necessary.
"I read his comment in the paper this morning. I didn't like them," Leyland said before Wednesday's game. "Because it wasn't his fault. He walked a guy and made a throw, that's nobody's fault. He doesn't have to feel bad about that."
Leyland is well known for standing up for his players. He said Bonderman's mistakes -- which included a high throw on a sacrifice bunt -- were the human part of the game.
He likened Bonderman's inability to get out of Tuesday's inning to a batter failing to get a hit with runners in scoring position -- and the Tigers have only two hits in their last 21 at-bats with men in scoring position in their two games against the White Sox.
In Wednesday's 6-4 win over Chicago, they were 2-for-8 with men in scoring position.
"You don't always get the hits. We've had a couple things happen lately that during our 12-game winning streak went exactly for us," Leyland said. "Ball hits off the pitcher's foot and went into the outfield for a hit.
"[Miguel Cabrera ] almost kills two pitchers last night, didn't get anything out of it. That's just part of it. When you're going good, that ball goes through. And when you don't win a game, or you struggle for a couple days, things like that happen. That's all part of the game."
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.