After the Tigers were down 5-0 last night, even I tuned them out for a bit. Of course with the help of my EPSN Sportscenter iPhone app, I was able to more easily keep tabs on the Tigers as they came back from that deficit. Scherzer gave up five runs in the second but the Tigers scored five runs in the sixth. Miguel Cabrera accounted for three of those runs with a sac. fly and a two run home run and the game winning RBI came on Ryan Raburn’s two run single.
What I really like was how the Scherzer was able to buckle down and give the Tigers seven innings. He ended up with ten strikeouts, which is a season high. Phil Coke and Jose Valverde threw shutout innings to close out the game and Valverde picked up his 35th save.
On Thursday, Justin Verlander won his 100th career game. He’s also four strikeouts away from his third straight 200 strikeout season. That puts him in select company with only Mickey Lolich (six straight) and Joe Coleman (three straight) on the Tigers leaderboard. His 100 wins puts him tied for 16th on the Tigers chart with Ed Killian and he’s five back from the 15th spot (Schoolboy Rowe). He needs to get to 123 (Frank Lary) to get into the top ten.
The Tigers can’t quite seem to shake the Indians and the White Sox though. Both won yesterday so the Tigers are still three up on the Indians and five up on the White Sox. This afternoon we’ll see Doug Fister take the mound and he’ll face Jo-Jo Reyes. Then it’s back home for the Twins. I was hoping to make Monday’s game but it’s not going to happen.