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October 13, 2013

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ALCS Game One Recap: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0

by Zachary Levine


In so many ways, what the Tigers did to the powerful Red Sox offense in holding them hitless for 8 1/3 innings of a 1-0 victory in Game One of the ALCS was exactly what the Tigers did all season.

It’s fitting that this team should hold at least a tie for the record with 17 strikeouts of Red Sox hitters in a nine-inning game that lasted a magnificent 3 hours and 56 minutes. As strikeouts hit their apex (or maybe not their apex, which is the scary part), the Tigers staff is at the forefront of the trend. And Anibal Sanchez, who struck out 17 on his own once this year, is a large reason why.

Sanchez pitched the first six innings, striking out 12, walking six, and coming out of the game after needing 116 pitches to get through those first six no-hit innings. Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras and Drew Smyly took it from there until Daniel Nava ended the Tigers’ bid for the third ever playoff no-hitter with a one-out single on the seventh pitch of his at-bat against Joaquin Benoit.

Tigers pitching recorded 49 strikeouts more than the second-place team in baseball (Cleveland), which manager Jim Leyland called “a Catch-22.”

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