Despite only scoring 3 runs on 15 hits the Tigers managed to beat Matt Harvey and the Mets 3-0.
Max Scherzer was cruising along and looked like he would go deep in the game but two at bats in the bottom of the 5th significantly shortened Max’s start. Juan Lagares led off the inning and worked Max for a walk on 12 pitches. John Buck followed and made Scherzer throw him 8 pitches before flying out to right field. Max needed 35 pitches to get out of the 5th but kept the Mets off the board.
Scherzer’s final line was 6 innings, 3 hits, 11 strikeouts and 4 walks. The 4 walks are a season high for Scherzer. Max is only the third player in MLB history to start a season 19-1. The last to do it was Roger Clemens in 1986. Before Clemens, Rube Marquard, went 19-1 in 1912 for the New York Giants.
This game should have been a blow out but the Tigers lack of speed, coupled with their lack of extra base power today, kept the Mets in the game. In the seventh, the Tigers looked like they would open the flood gates but failed to score on 4 consecutive singles. With one out, Infante and Cabrera singled, bringing Fielder up with runners on first and second. Fielder delivered a single to left and Tom Brookens sent Infante home. This was one of the worst sends by a third base coach I’ve ever seen. Infante was out by 45 feet. Tui then followed with another single to load the bases. Torii Hunter, who didn’t start the game, came in to pinch hit for Andy Dirks, who was 3-3, and grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning and keep the score at 2-0.
The Tigers scored 2 runs off of Matt Harvey on 13 hits. The 13 hits allowed are a career high for him.
The Tigers go for the sweep tomorrow with Rick Procello on the mound facing Dillon Gee.
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