Move over, George and Vern from yesteryear, you have company. Lasting long enough to benefit from a go-ahead run on Victor Martinez’s sacrifice fly in the eighth, Max Scherzer was the winning pitcher Tuesday night in the Tigers’ 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. With the win, Scherzer’s record improved to 9-0, making him just the third Tigers’ pitcher since 1916, ever to start a season in such fashion. The others were George Uhle in 1929 and Vern Kennedy in 1938, but neither one went 10-0. Uhle lost 11 of his next 13 decisions; Kennedy eight of his next nine. So the milestone of being 10-0 by himself will be at stake with Scherzer’s next start. In this game, he allowed two runs in seven innings while striking out six. The Tigers pushed across the deciding run on Martinez’s fly ball to left after Prince Fielder singled Miguel Cabrera to third with no outs in the eighth. Cabrera was hit by a pitch to start the inning. The Tigers got scoreless innings of relief from Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde to close out the game. With a runner on second and no outs in the ninth, however, Valverde got a break on a called third strike to Billy Butler, a call which so infuriated Butler that plate umpire Jordan Baker ejected him. After that, Valverde got out of the inning on a pop to short and a soft tapper in front of the plate for his ninth save. Of the nail-biting involved with watching Valverde, however, manager Jim Leyland said, “your heart is always in your throat in the ninth if it’s close, anyway. “But he settled down and did a terrific job.” Scherzer again pitched well, though. In fact, he didn’t allow a hit before allowing three in the fifth There went the Tigers’ 2-0 lead, however.
Max Scherzer makes it a perfect 9-0 as Tigers hold on for win
Detroit News | Jun 12