April 18th, 2013
The only starter with a day off after Wednesday’s marathon is 37-year-old Torii Hunter. Don Kelly starts in right field in his place. Hunter is the only Tiger with more than a couple at-bats against M’s starter Hisashi Iwakuma, but he’s just 2-for-10 with two strikeouts off him.
Leyland debated whether to rest one of his middle infielders, but stuck with them.
“I wanted to post my lineup with [Brayan] Pena catching, but I didn’t have the heart,” Leyland joked.
- Austin Jackson, CF (0-for-1 off Iwakuma)
- Andy Dirks, LF (0-for-1 off Iwakuma)
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B (0-for-1 off Iwakuma)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (1-for-2 off Iwakuma)
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-1 off Iwakuma)
- Alex Avila, C (0-for-2, K off Iwakuma)
- Omar Infante, 2B
- Don Kelly, RF
P: Justin Verlander
- Endy Chavez, CF (0-for-3, walk, K off Verlander)
- Jason Bay, RF (3-for-7, 2 walks, 3 K’s off Verlander)
- Kendrys Morales, DH (7-for-18, HR, 5 K’s off Verlander)
- Michael Morse, LF (2-for-3 off Verlander)
- Justin Smoak, 1B (2-for-5, HR, 3 K’s off Verlander)
- Kelly Shoppach, C (4-for-19, HR, 2 walks, 7 K’s off Verlander)
- Dustin Ackley, 2B (1-for-3 off Verlander)
- Robert Andino, 3B (2-for-8, 2 K’s off Verlander)
- Brendan Ryan, SS (3-for-10, walk, 4 K’s off Verlander)
P: Hisashi Iwakuma
Just in case you dozed off during one of the extra innings, the Tigers pulled out a 2-1 win in the 14th inning on a Brayan Pena RBI groundout and a play at the plate to throw out Justin Smoak trying to score on Dustin Ackley’s two-out double off Joaquin Benoit. The result, however, was just part of the story.
Here’s the rundown of the records (mostly for strikeouts) set, matched or neared:
- The Tigers struck out 21 times, tying their franchise record set on Sept. 18, 1966, when Cleveland’s Sam McDowell struck out 14 batters over six innings. That record was matched 25 years later on May 8, 1991, when Blue Jays knuckleballer Tom Candiotti struck out 12 Tigers over seven shutout innings in a game that remained scoreless until the 14th inning.
- Detroit, which also struck out 16 times in victory Tuesday night, became the first team in modern Major League history to win back-to-back games while striking out 16 times or more. Just three other teams in modern big league history — the 2002 Brewers, the 1986 Mariners and the 1966 Red Sox — struck out that many times in consecutive games. All of those teams lost both games.
- The Tigers became the first American League team to strike out that many times and win without hitting a home run since Cleveland did it against the Mariners on Sept. 28, 1986.
- The 40 combined strikeouts between the two teams fell three shy of the Major League record, set on July 9, 1971 in a 20-inning game between the A’s and Angels.
- The Tigers and Mariners both struck out at least 19 times, just the second such game in the live-ball era according to ESPN Stats and Info. The Padres and Giants were the other teams to do it in a game in 2001.
- Not since Mark Prior and Javier Vazquez on April 9, 2003 had two Major League pitchers both racked up 12 strikeouts in the same game, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
- Not since the great Randy Johnson dueled Mark Langston on Sept. 16, 1992 had two opposing starters put up 12 or more strikeouts with an earned run or less, according to Elias Sports Bureau.