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|WP: Justin Verlander (4 - 3)
SV: Jose Valverde (9)
LP: Luke Hochevar (3 - 4)
Justin Verlander's numbers while not only winning, but dominating, his last two starts: 17 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 11 K, 0.53 ERA. Verlander's season ERA is now under 3.00 at 2.91, with a WHiP under 1.0 at 0.94. Those are elite numbers, gang!
Austin Jackson's leadoff home run run in the top of the 1st, his 3rd of the season. The Tigers and Verlander took off from there, never giving up the lead. I think we call all agree Jackson's epic slump is dead and buried. It's also worth noting Jackson only had four home runs in 2010. He's developing some much needed power.
Verlander has been the talk of baseball since no-hitting the Jays. It'll only intensify after taking another no-hitter into the 6th tonight. Verlander was again throwing 95+ MPH heat and a knee-buckling breaking ball deep into the game. Verlander's pitching was once again a thing of beauty, truly a sight to behold.
As you likely know by now, Verlander no-hit the Royals for 5 2/3 innings, only allowing walks to Billy Butler in the 2nd and Alcides Escobar in the 5th, before Melky Cabrera tripled to right center. The no-hit streak ended at 14 2/3 innings. It's the deepest a pitcher has gone into a second straight no-hit bid since Mark Buehrle pitched 5 2/3 innings of hitless ball in July 2009. Verlander remained in the game, leaving after eight innings, allowing just two hits.
FSD cameras caught Verlander yelling from the dugout after being pulled. In the post game, he claimed it felt like a Royal was trying to show him up after he (in Verlander's words) "rolled over" a 2-0 pitch, yelling he should have hit it. When asked what he yelled at the offending Royal, Verlander said, "I can't repeat it."
The Tigers got all the offense they needed off the bats of Jackson and Jhonny Peralta, both hitting solo home runs. Peralta continues to out and out rake. His hitting streak has now reached nine games, raising his average 40 points (to .298) in the process.
Today's Victor Martinez weather report: He's still scorching hot! Martinez was 1-2, reaching base twice (single and walk), and scoring a run, as his hitting streak has reached 12 games.
For much of the evening, it appeared the Tigers would move to within three games of the division leading Indians. Unfortunately, the Tigers remain four back thanks to another walk-off win for the Tribe. But they now have 2nd all to themselves, as the Royals fell into 3rd, a half game behind the Tigers, with tonight's loss.
Still, it was Justin Verlander's night to shine at Comerica Park. He received a pair of well deserved standing ovations from Tigers fans, after losing the no-hit bid and at the end of the 7th. It was 33,641 fans showing their appreciation for a pitcher who is at the absolute top of his game.