Tigers 5, Indians 1
The Tigers began the night trailing the Indians in AL Central and gave the ball to Max Scherzer (6-0, 62.1 IP, 3.61 ERA, 2.34 FIP, 2.3 WAR) to quiet the sizzling Tribe and to straighten out the Tigers staff. He did both with a brilliant performance in which he went 8 innings with 2 hits, 1 R, 1 BB, and 7 K including a string of 22 straight batters retired to end the night. It was the top of the Tigers lineup that did the trick in the 6th with a solo homerun from Dirks (and an RBI single in the 9th!) and a 2 run shot for the scorching hot Miguel Cabrera. It was everything the Tigers needed after a taxing, slugfest of a series in Arlington over the weekend. Scherzer was at his absolute best after the first inning and put the Indians down in order in every inning thereafter. They’ll look to sweep the short series tomorrow night behind Justin Verlander (4-4, 54 IP, 3.17 ERA, 2.46 FIP, 1.9 WAR) who will be in search of a bounce back start after struggling in Texas.
The Moment: Scherzer strikes out Stubbs to end the 8th and finish a string of 22 straight batters retired.