Minnesota Twins vs Detroit Tigers
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Game Time: 4:08 p.m. EDT
(MIN) P.J. Walters (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
(DET) Doug Fister (5-1, 3.62 ERA)
Here is today's Detroit Tiger's starting lineup: Andy Dirks LF Torii Hunter RF Miguel Cabrera 3B Prince Fielder 1B Victor Martinez DH Jhonny Peralta SS Brayan Pena C Omar Infante 2B Don Kelly CF
I am still recovering from all the excitement after last night’s game. I tend to get worked up when things such as a no-hitter or perfect game are in progress.
I have to admit, I was pretty sure the nono was going to happen. Sanchez was in such complete control of the game; how could it not? Too bad for Sanchez who had to face Joe Mauer in the ninth inning. Anibal knows that Mauer has broken-up previous no-hit bids at least twice before in his career. Both of the them in the ninth. Add Anibal’s to the list.
Some quick hits about the near accomplishment…
- This was the third time the Tigers had a no-hit bid broken-up in the ninth. I’m sure you remember Armando Galarraga and his near-perfect game, right? The other was Verlander’s May 18, 2012 game against the Pirates.
- Sanchez is the third pitcher in Tiger’s history to throw a shutout in which he allowed one hit or fewer and struck out at least twelve. Verlander and Jim Bunning are the other two.
- This was Anibal’s third ten-strikeout game in 22 starts.
- He had three ten strikeout games in 132 starts with the Marlins.
- He has had two no-hit bids broken up that late within a three-year span.
- He has thrown five complete games in which he allowed one hit or fewer.
(Stats are from ESPN Stats and Info)
I remember a lot of people who were questioning his acquisition in a trade that included Jacob Turner last season. That trade also brought Omar Infante back to Detroit. In December, Sanchez agreed to a five-year, 80 million dollar contract with Detroit.
Aren’t you glad we kept him?
Doug Fister gets the late afternoon start for Detroit. Fister hasn’t faced the Twins, who have lost 10 straight games, yet this season. He is 6-3 against Minnesota with a 3.13 ERA.
The Twins will counter with PJ Walters. He will make his season début. In four starts against the Tigers last season, he is 1-1.
The Tigers are back in first place after the Indians lost to the Red Sox, 8-1. They will be looking to hand the Twins their 11th consecutive loss whilst racking up their fifth win in-a-row.
GO GET ‘EM TIGERS!!