The streak is over! After ten seasons, 38 plate appearances, 29 at-bats, nine sacrifice bunts and 15 strikeouts, Justin Verlander is no longer 0 for his career.
Verlander has a hit!!!!!— Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) April 13, 2014
In fact, Verlander is a career 2-for-29 at the plate after going 2-for-3 with a run scored in a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres.
The smile on Verlander's face while standing on first said it all.
Unfortunately, the first offensive contribution of Verlander's career (that wasn't a bunt) went for naught. The Tigers didn't score in the inning.
But Verlander wasn't done as an offensive force. His opposite field single kicked off a fourth inning rally.
Verlander would come around to score on a two RBI single by Torii Hunter.
On the mound, the Tigers' ace tossed seven innings to earn the victory, allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out a season high eight. Post-game, the only subject anyone wanted to discuss was Verlander's hitting prowess ... including Justin Verlander.
Small sample size be damned, but Verlander is now the Tigers' leading hitter with a .667 average on the season.