August 6th, 2014
As expected, no Torii Hunter in the Tigers lineup tonight, which means Brad Ausmus had to put a left-handed hitter (Ezequiel Carrera) in his outfield against Chris Capuano. That actually might not be a bad thing, considering Capuano has reverse splits going — .306 average/.814 OPS allowed to left-handed hitters, .248/.726 against righties. For his career, though, right-handed batters are hitting 40 points higher off Capuano than left-handed hitters.
In the infield, Eugenio Suarez is out again. Andrew Romine gets the start as he tries to further his small-sample success off lefties (10-for-33 with a double).
TIGERS (career numbers off Capuano)
- Rajai Davis, LF (3-for-5, 2 doubles, walk, K)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-2, HR, walk)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-23, double, 4 HR, 9 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-7, HR, 2 K’s)
- J.D. Martinez, RF (0-for-2, walk, K)
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-1, K)
- Bryan Holaday, C (1-for-1, triple)
- Andrew Romine, SS (0-for-1, K)
- Ezequiel Carrera, CF
P: Justin Verlander
YANKEES (career numbers vs. Verlander)
- Brett Gardner, CF (5-for-23, double, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
- Derek Jeter, SS (16-for-44, double, HR, 4 walks, 10 K’s)
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (6-for-26, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
- Mark Teixeira, 1B (3-for-38, HR, 5 walks, 12 K’s)
- Carlos Beltran, DH (1-for-7, 2 K’s)
- Brian McCann, C (1-for-5, double, walk, K)
- Chase Headley, 3B (2-for-6, double, 4 K’s)
- Stephen Drew, 2B (4-for-18, double, walk, 11 K’s)
- Martin Prado, RF (3-for-6, 2 walks)
P: Chris Capuano
David Price’s Tigers debut is going to go down as one of the most anticipated August games in Tigers history. His performance — 8.2 innings, three runs, no walks and 10 strikeouts — lived up to his billing as an efficient strike-thrower.
For that reason, too, the game is going to go down in history. Not only did Price avoid walking anyone, so did the three relievers that followed him, including closer Joe Nathan. So did the eight Yankees that pitched in the game.
How rare is that: For a 12-inning game, it’s the first such game in nearly a century.
Credit ESPN Stats and Information with the stat last night:
Tigers and Yankees each pitched 12 IP with no walks. Last game w/ 2 teams having 12+ IP, 0 BB was in 1917! (Dodgers/Pirates)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 6, 2014
A little research on baseball-reference found the specific game: The Dodgers beat the Pirates in 13 innings, 4-3, on July 25, 1917 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Then-youngster Burleigh Grimes pitched 9 1/3 innings of 11-hit ball with two earned runs and four strikeouts. Sherry Smith earned the win for Brooklyn with five innings of one-hit scoreless relief.
The fact that the Yankees used so many pitchers raises another historic question: What’s the record for number of pitchers in a game to not issue a walk? The answer is that last night’s game wasn’t even close. Three other games this season have featured more pitchers who didn’t issue a walk than the 11 used by the Tigers and Yankees Tuesday. The Mariners and Angels had a 16-inning game just a few weeks ago that used 17 pitchers, 13 of which didn’t issue a walk.