Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann and his one hit shutout against Cincinnati was impressive but Anibal Sanchez may have been better Friday night..
Sanchez, who signed a five-year, $80 million dollar contract in the offseason with Detroit mowed down 17 Braves hitters setting a new franchise mark in a 10-0 win from Comerica.
And it’s not like Atlanta was a slouch team. The Braves entered Friday night’s interleague series averaging 4.6 runs per game and a league-best 35 home runs. Sanchez was masterful though from start to finish allowing just five hits and one walk while making Atlanta look pretty silly all night.
The record breaking pitch though came when Sanchez got Reed Johnson to strike out swinging for the second out in the eighth. This surpassed Mickey Lolich’s previous club record of 16 with teammate Max Scherzer also on the list with 15 total strikeouts in the game.
It also probably helped that the Tigers bats were also on fire all night spotting Sanchez and comfortable 10 run lead.