Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan Indians 0, Tigers 4 BOX
Recently, while talking to a friend, I asked him, with the number of no-hitters, and near no-hitters in baseball lately, will we ever get tired of watching one happen?
The answer, of course, was not on your life. It is always exciting to watch a pitcher’s dominating performance. Especially, for us, when it is a Tiger’s hurler.
Justin Verlander is one of baseball’s best.
He proved that again last night with a two-hit, complete game shut-out that put the Detroit Tigers in sole possession of first place in the American League Central division.
Verlander allowed only two hits and one walk over nine innings. His twelve strikeouts nearly matched a career best thirteen – which he has done twice. His 2011 high had been ten against the Mariners on June 9.
And through all of it he remained focused and calm.
Verlander has had two no-hitters already. One was against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 12, 2007. (That was a game that I missed attending by one day.) The other was last month against the Blue Jays in Toronto on May 7. (See story from DeeTown Tigers)
His terrific outing propelled the Detroit Tigers into the top spot – no sharing allowed.
Tonight, the Tigers will try to pull further away from the pack with the second of three games against the Indians in Detroit.
Brad Penny will pitch for the Tigers.