Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tigers Beat Mariners In 14-Inning Game Featuring 40 Strikeous

Records on records last night in Seattle.  Detroit's Max Scherzer and Seattle's Felix Hernandez took the hill inside Safeco Field last night, and led a pitcher's duel for the ages.

For the first time in Safeco Field history, both starting pitchers struck out 10-plus batters.  For the first time since 2001 -- when the Padres and Giants faced off -- two pitching staffs have combined for 40 strikeouts in one game.  For the first time since 1992, two starters have struck out at least 12 batters and allowed one earned run or less.

For the Tigers, they needed another great pitching performance as their bats struggled again.  They became the first team in MLB history to win back-to-back games despite their batters striking out at least 16 times per game.

The game was a 1-1 tie after the ninth, and bonus baseball lasted until the 14th inning.  The Tigers added a run to take a 2-1 lead, but in the bottom of the inning, the Mariners weren't going quietly.  With Justin Smoak standing on first, Dustin Ackley roped a double down the right field line.  Smoak was attempting to score from first, but an excellent relay got the ball to Tigers back-up catcher Brayan Pena as the Mariners first baseman came barreling in. 

Pena, seen in the video above seemed shaken up by the hit, but held on for the Tigers win.

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