Cleveland, OH (WKZO) – The Tigers completed the four game series sweep over the Cleveland Indians with Thursday night’s 10-3 victory, extending their winning streak to 12 games.
Max Scherzer was phenomenal while picking up his 17th win of the year. Scherzer went seven innings, allowing just two runs, four hits and a walk and striking out five. While improving his record to 17-1, Scherzer became just the third pitcher in MLB history to start a season 17-1, joining Don Newcombe of the Dodgers in 1955 and Roger Clemens of the Yankees in 2001 as the only other pitchers to accomplish this feat. Scherzer has also now struck out at least five in all 23 of his starts this season. Scherzer also picked up career strike out 1000 in the game.
And while Scherzer’s record is impressive, he has greatly benefited from having the highest run support in all of baseball, and Thursday was no differenet. The Tigers’ offense scored six in the third and two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. This was the 15th time this season the Tigers have scored 10 or more runs in a game, the second most in baseball. The Tigers also increased their lead in the AL Central to seven games over the Indians and are 23 games over .500.
The Tigers 3-5 hitters really carried the offense as Miguel Cabrera, Prince Field and Victor Martinez combined to reach base seven times, drove in eight runs and scored three runs. Austin Jackson, Andy Dirks and Hernan Perez each had two hits as well.
After last night’s 14 inning marathon, the Indians bullpen was slightly depleted as former Tiger Ryan Raburn was used as a relief pitcher. Raburn set down all three Tigers he faced and even struck out Matt Tuiasosopo.
This was the first time the Tigers have swept Cleveland in four games in Cleveland since June 9-12, 1988. The Tigers are just two wins short of tying their franchise record of 14 straight wins.
The Tigers now head to New York for a three game series with the Yankees starting on Friday night. Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.28 ERA) gets the start in the opener against Yankees righty Ivan Nova (5-4, 3.08). Coverage beings on 590 WKZO at 6:40 and first pitch is set for 7:05.