|Final - 5.30.2010||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Max Scherzer (2 - 4)
SV: Joel Zumaya (1)
LP: Dallas Braden (4 - 5)
* Use of that headline should tickle the person who suggested it to me, anyway!
I'm sure manager Jim Leyland made the completely logical decision in taking the ball from Max Scherzer with an out left in the sixth inning.
But it was disappointing, nonetheless, after Scherzer came within two strikeouts of tying the Tigers' franchise record, set by Mickey Lolich, of 16.
Scherzer got 17 outs, 14 of them by strikeout, setting an MLB game-high for the 2010 season and setting his own personal record along the way. And those guys who got 13 K's this season -- Tim Lincecum and Ubaldo Jiminez, if you're keeping track -- each went seven innings to do it.
So I think it's safe to say his return to the MLB was a successful one. Whatever was tripping him up in his mechanics is a thing of the past. For now, anyway.
Mike Roger should have a closer look at just how Scherzer did it, but a quick glance at Pitch F/X data reveals his fastball averaged nearly 95 miles per hour and he peaked at 98.7 mph during his final inning on the mound. He mixed in changeups about 25% of the time and some sliders.
Suddenly things look a whole lot brighter for the Tigers if Scherzer can harness half of what he showed today.
As for the rest of the game, let's just say almost everything went right for the Tigers at the plate.
Brandon Inge went 3-for-3 with a double and home run. Miguel Cabrera hit another home run, one of his four hits and five RBI for the day. Almost everything, anyway. Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn combined to go 0-for-6. And Gerald Laird managed to get himself on base only to get picked off.
But otherwise, there really isn't much to get upset about.
It was a great, much needed win for the guys in the D.