Game 95: Tigers, shutouts and one-run games
Bill Chuck does a very good job of looking up relevant statistics based on the previous night’s games. On Friday, he turned out a list of stats that turned out to be particularly relevant by the end of the night:
- The Tigers headed into the All-Star break having been held to one run or no runs 11 times, 26th out of 30 Major League teams and third-fewest among American League clubs. Friday marked their seventh shutout, but they’ve somehow been held to one run on just five occasions.
- On the flip side, Detroit entered Friday tied for seventh in the Majors with 19 games having held its opponents to one run or nothing. Friday marked the 20th such game, but the third loss in that category. That ties the Tigers with the Cubs for most 1-0 losses in the big leagues this year.
- No other team that has held opponent to 0 or 1 runs at least 20 times this season has lost more than one such game so far.
More stats from other research on baseball-reference:
- Anibal Sanchez is the first Tigers starter to take a 1-0 loss in a game since … himself last August against the Royals in Kansas City.
- Add together Sanchez’s two 1-0 losses to the Royals with his complete-game shutout last September, and he has allowed just two runs on 14 hits over 22 innings against Kansas City since becoming a Tiger about a year ago.
- The Tigers have scored six or more runs in each of Sanchez’s seven wins this season. They’ve scored three runs or less in all of his other starts, seven losses and two no-decisions.
More research from Bill Chuck shows Friday was just the ninth game in the Majors this season — and just the second in the American League — in which neither team had an extra-base hit. It’s just the 10th such game the Tigers have had since 2000, and three of the other nine happened in 2003.