The Tigers pushed a single run across the plate in the first inning and Max Scherzer (with help from the oft-maligned bullpen) made the lead hold up, as the Tigers claimed the first game of a three game series by a 1-0 score. Scherzer pitched around a 47-minute rain delay (and a neverending seventh inning stretch), giving the Tigers 6 IP of shutout ball on 3 hits and 4 walks, along with 7 strikeouts.
Boston’s Jon Lester struggled early with his command, loading the bases in the first and allowing a single run. Lester wriggled off the hook after the lengthy first frame, and managed to pitch 5 IP. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 7. After Lester departed, former Tigers farmhand Burke Badenhop, who was traded to Florida in the Miguel Cabrera deal, came on and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. Edward Mujica and Junichi Tazawa combined for 2.1 IP of scoreless relief, allowing 1 hit and 2 strikeouts.
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The Tigers’ bullpen was strong again tonight, as it has been on this roadtrip thus far, throwing 3 IP of scoreless relief. The bullpen allowed no baserunners and struck out two. On the first four games of this roadtrip, the bullpen has pitched three innings in every game and allowed no runs.
• This nine game road winning streak is the Tigers’ longest since the 1984 season, when they reeled off seventeen straight wins on the road.
• Apparently the Red Sox haven’t lost a 1-0 game in Fenway during the regular season since 1999 (obviously, we all know the Tigers blanked them 1-0 in game one of last year’s ALCS).
• This 1-0 victory marked the first time the Tigers took a regular season game by that score since 1976!
• Over his last ten games, Joe Nathan has a 0.00 ERA, 9 saves, 9 strikeouts, 3 hits, 4 walks, and opponents are batting .100 off of him (via the Tigers).
• Via Dickerson, opponents are 0-for-21 against Scherzer with two outs and a runner in scoring position.
• Scherzer finished the game with 7 strikeouts, and takes over the AL lead with 73.
• With Rajai Davis’ 14th stolen base in the fifth inning, he took over the MLB lead in steals (Houston’s José Altuve is second with 13 and Minnesota’s Brian Dozier sits in third place with 12).
• The Tigers now lead the league in steals with 36. THEY HAD 35 STOLEN BASES TOTAL DURING THE 2013 SEASON!!!
The Tigers send breakout candidate of the year Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.22 ERA) to the mound tomorrow against the resurgent John Lackey (5-2, 3.57 ERA).