Tiger fans last night were treated to a pitching gem at Comerica Park by Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez who was two outs away from his second career no-hitter in leading the way to a 6-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Joe Mauer smacked a clean single up the middle to break up the bid with one away in the final frame. Sanchez finished off the game by fanning the last two batters to improve to 5-and-4 with his box score also showing three walks and a dozen strikeouts. Don Kelly hit a two-run homer for Detroit while Miguel Cabrera and Omar Infante each had a pair of RBI’s. The Tigers have won four straight while Minnesota has lost ten in-a-row.
It was the fourth career one hitter for Sanchez to go along with the no hitter he threw as a rookie with the Marlins back in 2006. The victory moved Detroit back into first place in the American League Central by a half game over the Indians, who lost last night at Boston. The Tigers send Doug Fister to the mound this afternoon with the game set to start at 4:08 p.m. as Detroit looks to take the first three in this four game series.
The White Sox won last night at Miami 4-3 while the Cubs continue to struggle, dropping their fifth straight with a 7-to-4 loss at Cincinnati.