Max Scherzer improved his record to 14-1 tonight as the Tigers beat Chris Sale and the White Sox 7-3.
There was a lot to like about tonight’s game, not the least of which, is that the Tigers beat White Sox ace, and arguably the best pitcher in the American League this year, Chris Sale.
True, the Tigers were helped by three White Sox errors but good teams make other teams pay for giving them extra outs. Additionally, the Tigers who had a hard time scoring after the sixth inning before the break, scored one in the seventh and three in the ninth to seal the deal.
Both pitchers pitched well. Scherzer went 8 innings, allowed four hits and two earned runs while striking out 5 and walking none.
Sale pitched 8 innings as well, he allowed 4 runs but only 2 of them were earned. He struck out 11 and walked 3.
The Tigers bullpen was pretty good tonight as well. Phil Coke came on to start the ninth and got Alejandro De Aza to ground out to second base. That was the only batter he’d face as Jim Leyland brought in Bruce Rondon to relieve Coke with one out.
Rondon got Alexei Ramirez to ground to short for the second out but then had a hiccup. He allowed a double to Alex Rios. Rios took third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk. But Rondon struck out Adam Dunn to end the game and give the Tigers the first game of the series.
Victor Martinez continued his torrid pace with 4 more hits and 3 RBIs raising his batting average to .270.
Torii Hunter had two hits including a solo shot off of Sale in the 7th.
The big concern is the health of Miguel Cabrera. As I wrote yesterday, something seemed amiss with the reigning AL MVP, and apparently there is. It looks like he has a back/hip injury. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious.
On another note, I like the way Leyland is using Phil Coke. It looks like he’s just using him for 1 or 2 hitters to hopefully get his rhythm and confidence back. Let’s hope the recent success continues.
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2 thoughts on “Scherzer Goes to 14-1. Tigers Beat Sale, White Sox 7-3.”
Crippy I think you hit a solid one here…however two things bother me. I sat in Target Field this weekend with Tribe fans and watched Nick Swish create unearned runs that cost them a game maybe two……….so truth is Pena was caught off second and that should not happen to a catcher. The Sox didn’t execute so the E went to the other side of the page. As for the Rondon balk I believe we are watching this kid grow up a pitch at a time and I am just gonna train one eye on this kid and hope for growth spurts. So wasn’t as clean as it should have been. Anyone with initials DD that thought you could throw a kid from A ball to Big Leagues won’t pass his mandatory random. That off my chest…yes Coke as a situation guy only is fine with me. I believe they can find a left hander somewhere. All that said sitting there with the Tribe we agreed that this time of year there are teams that you are SUSPOSED to beat TWINS/KC/WS I know what the Tribes done in their games after the break….let’s hope the Kittys make some separation. By the way DARE YA to name our second half shortstop. (I can’t)
Nebraska, as well as thing appear right now, I’m a little concerned. I agree with in regard to shortstop. I HAVE NO IDEA!!!! Also, Prince isn’t hitting like I thought he would, not yet anyway. We have to really hope Miggy is not seriously injured. That could possibly mean the entire infield is backups, except Prince, who’s not hitting.