Putting Tuesday’s 1-0 loss in historical context
Not since Bruce Chen shut down the Tigers at Comerica Park last August 29 had Detroit suffered a 1-0 loss. It was the Tigers’ only 1-0 defeat last year.
Not since Bobby Seay entered a bases-loaded jam in the 12th inning and promptly walked in the winning run had the Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss in extra innings. That was five years ago, on May 26, 2008, at Angel Stadium, squandering seven scoreless innings from Kenny Rogers.
Even then, it was nothing compared to what Rick Porcello gave the Tigers on Tuesday.
A search on baseball-reference.com shows only one other game in modern Tigers history in which a pitcher tossed at least eight scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts or more and didn’t get a win. Earl Wilson tossed nine shutout innings on four hits with 11 strikeouts and ended up with a no-decision in a 10-inning Tigers loss to the Angels on July 6, 1966.