For the next several weeks we’ll be rolling out our list of the best The Moment’s of 2013. The list is the product of winnowing down 173 moments from April to October into the best twenty. They vary in their importance but all captivated us in an important way. A few are silly, a few are excellent plays, and a few will travel down in Tigers lore. I hope you enjoy it.
#16 – Anibal Sanchez Strikes Out 17 Atlanta Braves
This one is pretty easy to recap. The video does the talking. The Tigers welcomed the Braves to Comerica Park for their first interleague series of the year and destroyed them. On this Friday night, the offense shelled Paul Maholm and the Braves by putting up ten runs in the first four innings, half of which were driven in by Matt Tuiasosopo (I’m going to miss saying Tuiasosopo). Anibal Sanchez did the rest as he twirled 8 magnificent innings in which he allowed 5 hits and 1 walk across 29 batters. 17 of them, or a whopping 59% of them went down on strikes. To give you some idea, Sanchez’s singled game FIP was -0.83. That’s a minus sign. You only get those when you’re really on. He threw 121 pitchers and batters swung and missed at 27. That’s a lot!