The Tigers scratched out a 2-to-1 win in 14-innings last night at Seattle and Detroit will shoot for a 3-game sweep over the Mariners this afternoon. The pitchers ruled in last night’s marathon which produced a combined 40 strikeouts, including 21 for Tiger batters who still did enough at the plate to help nail down their fourth straight victory.
Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Seattle's Felix Hernandez set the tone with dominant starts, each striking out 12 batters over eight innings. Tiger catcher Bryan Pena pushed across the go-ahead run with a groundout rbi and then the contest had a bang-bang ending when a Seattle runner who was on first after a single, attempted to score on a two out double by the next hitter and tried bulldozing over Pena, but he held on for the tag to end the game. Drew Smyly picked up the win and Joaquin Benoit got the save, in spite of giving up the hits that set up the dramatic finish. Justin Verlander starts for the Tigers today and then Detroit heads to Anaheim for a 3-game weekend set against the Angels to conclude their 9-game road trip.
The White Sox shutout the Blue Jays 7-to-0 last night in Toronto while the Cubs were rained out at Texas.