Detroit Tigers Offense Sputters In 3-2 Game 1 Victory

 

October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) is congratulated by his teammates after the seventh inning in game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Tigers defeated Athletics 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (37) is congratulated by his teammates after the seventh inning in game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Tigers defeated Athletics 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In Game 1 of the 2013 playoffs the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 in a dominating performance by the pitching staff.  It started with Max Scherzer who struck out 11 batters in 7 innings, with only 2 walks, 2 hits, and 2 runs given up.  The dominating pitching continued with Drew Smyly who walked 1 batter while striking out 2, and Joaquin Benoit cleaned it up by getting Josh Donaldson to pop out to first and striking out the side in the ninth.  After the smoke cleared the Tigers had struck out 16 batters out of 27 outs.

The Tigers had 4 hits and scored 3 runs in the top of the first and with their dominating pitching outing it held up.  The only blip came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jose Iglesias made a great play only to pull Prince Fielder off of first and then Max made a mistake and left a slider to far up and Yoenis Cespedes hit it out to left.  This was a statement game for the Tiger pitching staff letting the Athletics know that they are not gonna roll over like they did the last time they played in the regular season.

The most concerning thing to come out of this game was the offense, the Tigers had 10 hits and only scored 3 runs.  Tom Brookens ran them out of a possible big inning in the top of the 6th inning.  In the inning Prince Fielder filed out, then Victor Martinez singled to center, Alex Avilia singled him to second, and then Omar Infante singled to right and Mr. Brookens waived the second slowest player on the team home testing out the arm of the Athletics Josh Reddick who has the best arm of any of their outfielders.

These are the coaching choices that cost teams games, luckily the pitching was so dominating.  This is also the type of pitching performance that wins World Championships, hopefully that is what continues.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer

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