Sunday, May 5, 2013

Justin Verlander Pitches 7 Shutout Innings in a 9-0 Tigers Win

The Detroit Tigers beat the Houston Astros today 9-0.

The Tigers scored quickly in the 1st inning after Andy Dirks hit a single, then Prince Fielder hit a 2-run home run to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead; it's his 8th of the season.

The Tigers added to their lead in the 2nd inning after Don Kelly drew a walk, then Brayan Pena hit a 2-run home run; it's his 1st of the season. Ramon Santiago then hit a double, Austin Jackson drew a walk, and Andy Dirks hit a single to drive in Santiago. Miguel Cabrera was up next and drew a walk to load the bases for Prince Fielder who hit a single to drive in Jackson and Dirks to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Andy Dirks extended the Tigers lead in the 4th inning after a solo home run; it's his 2nd of the season and the Tigers took a 8-0 lead.

Justin Verlander was outstanding today. He didn't give up a hit until the 7th inning. Verlander ended up pitching 7 scoreless innings today, giving up only 2 hits, walking 2 and striking out 9 batters; he earned his 4th win of the season.

Omar Infante added another run for the Tigers in the 8th inning with a solo home run; it's his 4th of the season and the Tigers took a 9-0 lead.

Darin Downs came in for relief and pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Downs came back out and pitched a scoreless 9th inning to get the Tigers the win.

The Tigers have an off day tomorrow, but open up a 2 game road series with the Nationals on Tuesday as Anibal Sanchez (3-2 1.82 ERA) pitches against Jordan Zimmermann (5-1 1.64 ERA).

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