It took a little longer than some fans would have hoped but the boys have finally done it. The Detroit Tigers shut-out the Minnesota Twins 1-0 to clinch their 3rd consecutive AL Central title.
Max Scherzer was brilliant pitching 7 1/3 shut-out innings on a night when he didn’t have his best stuff. Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit finished off the game to clinch the division for the Tigers. Scherzer’s performance improves his record to 21-3 and solidifies his case for the American League Cy Young award.
The offense was silent tonight for the Tigers with the notable exception of Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter. Jackson tripled to lead off the first inning to set up a Torii Hunter RBI single to put the Tigers ahead for good. Jackson would later add a double to the box score but the Tigers weren’t able to scratch across anymore runs.
It is poetic that the Tigers win a one-run game to clinch the division. The Tigers have been terrible one-run games this season but have performed better in that split over the last month. Tonight’s win gives the Tigers a 20-23 record in one-run games this season. They will have to continue to improve in this statistic if they want to make a serious run at the World Series.