Max Scherzer was masterful on the mound for the Detroit Tigers, on a warm Saturday evening in Detroit. The Tigers were coming into Saturday two games behind the Chicago White Sox for the division lead.
Scherzer in the month of August was 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Since the All Star break he is 6-1 with a 3.14 ERA. Looking to continue his dominance of the American league, Scherzer was in ace form on Saturday. With every game having playoff implications, Scherzer was up to the challenge.
In eight outstanding innings, Scherzer allowed only four hits, struck out nine, which added to his league leading strike out total. Scherzer got to 200 strike outs for the first time in his career on Saturday.
Fransico Liriano was not so good. The Tigers’ offense — which has good numbers off Liriano — made him work all night. In the bottom of the third Austin Jackson lead off the inning with a walk. Brennan Boesch — who was getting a rare start because of his numbers against the Sox southpaw — tripled to right center to score Jackson. Miguel Cabrera followed Boesch’s triple with a single of his own. Making it 2-0 Tigers.
Liriano lasted only four innings, but the Tigers tagged him for only two runs but he walked seven Tigers’ hitters.
The biggest AB of the night came when Avisail Garcia — who was making his MLB debut — got a big two out hit to score Delmon Young, who hit a lead off triple to start the fifth.
Young had another big night at the plate. Collecting a triple and a home run. Young is hitting .435 with two home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven games.
The Tigers also tied a Comerica Park record with three triples in one game. It was the first time the Tigers had hit three triples in one game since 2008.
The White Sox were nearly shutout, but Orlando Hudson hit a triple off of Jose Valverde to score Paul Konerko to keep the Sox from being blanked by Tigers’ pitching.
Justin Verlander (12-7) looks to have a bounce back start. Last time out Verlander was tagged up for eight runs by the Kansas City Royals. Chris Sale (15-5) will oppose him. With a win tomorrow, the Tigers will sweep the White Sox for the second straight time at Comerica Park, and move into a first place tie.
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