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Tigers Tie Indians With Verlander’s No Hitter

I’m still a little annoyed (okay, a lot) that I missed the no hitter yesterday but what can you do.  The fact that he struck out twelve while doing it yet still keeping his pitch count manageable (112 with 73 being strikes) is a testament to how great of an outing he had.

Brandon Inge pushed his batting average up to .250 with a nice day at the plate.  He went two for two with a walk, a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.  It was homerun number eleven and he’s well on his way to another 20 homer season.  And despite the batting average, he’s drawing walks and hitting for some power.  This shows in his .805 OPS, which would be a career high for the third baseman if it finishes there.  His .347 OBP would also be a career high.

And lost in all of the no-hit talk is the fact that the Tigers tied the Indians for first place in the division.  A three game winning streak will do that.  And just as important, the Twins and White Sox are falling further behind so this could turn into a two team race pretty quickly.

Mike Maroth takes on Chris Capuano tonight and Maroth has had a tough stretch here lately although his last start against the Rangers was “fair.”  The big problem has been the long ball. In four of his last six starts he’s given up at least two and in three of those six he’s given up three.  Hopefully he can get the job done tonight and the Tigers can pick up first place all by themselves.

Brian, I suggest you go to MLB.com and download the game for the $3.95 it costs or whatever. It was possibly the most dominant performance I have ever seen besides maybe Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens or Randy Johnson, which makes you realize it was something special.

The highlights don’t do Verlander’s dominance justice. You see the same 12 pitches over and over. 85-90 of the other 100 were just as good, if not better than the ones you saw on ESPN, though seeing Graffinino give up on strike three in the ninth (and miss by about three feet), sums it all up pretty much.

Posted by Chris on June 13th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

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