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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tigers 2, Mariners 1: Pitchers’ duel ends in 14th, masterful Scherzer strikes out 12

AL SO/9 is now up to 7.6. Ho-hum…K’s are becoming the HR’s of the 90’s.

The Detroit Tigers needed 14 innings, 19 strikeouts, eight pitchers and ended the game by throwing out a runner at the plate, all in order to beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1. The two teams combined for 40 strikeouts (Mariners 19, Tigers 21), the second-highest single game total of all time.

Neither starting pitcher was eligible for a decision, but Max Scherzer and Felix Hernandez deserved better. Scherzer and Hernandez dueled for eight innings, each allowing just one run and striking out 12.

Then, our worst fear. An extra base hit! NO!

Ackley lined a double off the wall in right. Smoak was going to try and score, no matter what, and was waved around. Hunter flagged down the ball, and overthrew Infante. But he hit the second cut-off man, Fielder, who fired to Pena, who was slightly up the third base line.

Smoak was going to be out by ten feet, so he lowered his shoulder and tried to run through Pena.

The Tigers’ backup catcher had his bell rung in a huge collision…but he held onto the ball like all of our lives depended upon it.

At 2:38 AM, the marathon came to an end, the Tigers finally winning 2-1.

Repoz Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:10 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ASmitty Posted: April 18, 2013 at 09:36 AM (#4417755)
I usually pick my nightly viewing based on pitching match-ups. This was...not a dissapointment.
   2. Crosseyed and Painless Posted: April 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM (#4417786)
Winner winner. Should have the division locked up by Labor Day!!!!
   3. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: April 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM (#4417794)
Winner winner. Should have the division locked up by Labor Day!!!!

They really should. No one in that division is anywhere near as good as Detroit. Scherzer looks like the best pitcher in the league right now.
   4. beefshower Posted: April 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4417823)
Wow what a game last night. It was essentially hardcore pornography if you like watching K's, I'm having to fan myself at my desk just thinking about last night. I didn't think I could get pregnant from watching baseball for obvious biological reasons but here I am with child and Max Scherzers fastball is the father. Seriously though that ranks up there with my favorite regular season Tigers games of the past ten years. I feel bad for my neighbor below me who had to listen to me leap up out of my couch and pace around my apartment after each K. That may have been the most excited I've been for an April game since Nook Logan robbed two Oriole home runs back in 2005. Also Prince Fielder went from the hottest hitter on the planet this weekend against the A's to 9 k's in 11 ABS so far against the M's. Baseball!!
   5. bookbook Posted: April 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM (#4417862)
C'mon guys. Scherzer may have struck out twelve, but it was twelve Mariners. That's, what, equivalent to seven K's of major leaguers.

Felix, on the other hand, manhandled the best offense in the American League. Those 12 K's were for real.
   6. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM (#4417864)
I didn't start watching until the 8th inning and still invested a good couple of hours into the game. The Mariners' squandering of those scoring chances in the 9th and 10th was impressive.

And I know Smoak doesn't get sent if it's a different situation, but holy ####, it wasn't even close. His only chance was if he murdered Brayan Pena at the plate. I don't know the Mariners' bench situation, but wasn't there anyone on the bench who could have ran for Smoak? It's probably a somewhat close play with most runners, but as it turned out, it almost looked like the third base coach was just desperate to get out of there and intentionally hung Smoak out to dry.
   7. Squash Posted: April 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM (#4417937)
And I know Smoak doesn't get sent if it's a different situation, but holy ####, it wasn't even close. His only chance was if he murdered Brayan Pena at the plate. I don't know the Mariners' bench situation, but wasn't there anyone on the bench who could have ran for Smoak? It's probably a somewhat close play with most runners, but as it turned out, it almost looked like the third base coach was just desperate to get out of there and intentionally hung Smoak out to dry.

I had the same thought. Smoak was really lumbering as he rounded third and from the replay it looked liked Hunter was already throwing the ball in. The wild card was Fielder, who did almost bail them out by trying to throw the ball into the third base dugout. That's why Pena was so far up the line (and caught unprotected).
   8. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:33 PM (#4418064)
I had the same thoughtSmoak was really lumbering as he rounded third and from the replay it looked liked Hunter was already throwing the ball inThe wild card was Fielderwho did almost bail them out by trying to throw the ball into the third base dugoutThat's why Pena was so far up the line (and caught unprotected). 


Pena was unprotected, but it also looked like Smoak was not ready for the collision. If Pena caught the ball at the plate Smoak would have had plenty of time to run at Pena - instead it looked like Smoak only had a step or two to hit Pena.
   9. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:53 PM (#4418096)
I had the same thought. Smoak was really lumbering as he rounded third and from the replay it looked liked Hunter was
already throwing the ball in. The wild card was Fielder, who did almost bail them out by trying to throw the ball into
the third base dugout. That's why Pena was so far up the line (and caught unprotected).


That was a really ugly play. Smoak should never have been sent and it should've been a relatively easy collision, but
the throw was so offline that Pena had no chance to set himself.

Despite the ending, it was a fun game to watch. It got to the point where I was upset when players found non-strikeout
ways to make outs.
   10. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:05 PM (#4418114)
That was something I thought I'd never see.

Max Scherzer going 8 full innings.

Then I realized he wasn't pitching against a MLB squad.
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4418132)
I don't know the Mariners' bench situation, but wasn't there anyone on the bench who could have ran for Smoak?


The only position player left on the bench was Kelly Shoppach, the back-up catcher, who is slower than Smoak. The only other option would be pinch-running one of the starting pitchers, and I don't think you'd want to do that in a situation where a collision at home is very possible.

I was at the game, BTW. Stayed all 14 innings in the cold, and glad I did....

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