It was another impressive outing from Detroit Tigers’ right hander, Max Scherzer, on Wednesday afternoon. After coming of a start against the Texas Rangers, when Scherzer went six innings and allowed only two runs, he followed that start up with one of his best performances of the year.
Scherzer pitched seven innings, while striking out 10, walked two batters and only surrendered four hits on the day. Scherzer now leads the major leagues with the most nine or more strike out games with 10. He also took back the lead of most strikeouts in the American League from teammate Justin Verlander.
The Tigers’ offense helped Scherzer out along the way. Miguel Cabrera crushed his 30th home run the opposite way in the first inning to put the Tigers up 1-0.
Cabrera became the first Tigers player to hit 30 or home runs in a season for five straight years. Hank Greenberg and Cecil Fielder both did it four straight years.
In the top of the fourth, Delmon Young hit a two run homer — his 13th of the season — to put the Tigers up 3-0. Andy Dirks lead off the fifth inning with a double. Cabrera collected his second RBI, 103rd overall, of the day with a single. Making it a 4-0 game. Then in the top of the eighth Jhonny Peralta hit his second double of the day. Omar Infante drove him in, putting the game out of reach 5-0.
The only offense the Twins could mount was in the bottom of the eighth. Octavio Dotel gave up a triple to Ben Revere, then Joe Mauer drove him in for the only Twins’ run of the day. The Twins were limited to just six hits on the day by Tigers’ pitching.
Joaquin Benoit – who has a lot of problems giving up the home run ball in his last five appearances– retired the Twins in order in the bottom of the ninth. Securing a series win for the Tigers.
After an off day, the Baltimore Orioles come to Detroit to face off against Justin Verlander (12-7). Tommy Hunter (4-7) will pitch for the O’s. This will be the first chance Tigers fans get the chance to see rookie sensation, Manny Machado.
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