Anibal Sanchez lost his bid for a second no-hitter Friday night when Twins catcher Joe Mauer hit a one out single in the 9th inning from Comerica. Instead the Tigers starter had to settle for a one hit, complete game shutout in which he walked three and struck out 12.
Aside though from tonight, Sanchez leads the MLB with 5 complete games since 2006 that consisted of one or fewer hits. His only no-hitter thus far in his career came in 2006 against Arizona when he was still apart of the then Florida Marlins.
But in tonight’s game Sanchez was masterful throwing a career high 130 pitches in which 85 went for strikes. He was also very good with his variety of off speed stuff that kept the Twins hitters unbalanced throughout the game. Sanchez’s gem tonight also comes less than a month after striking out 17 which broke Mickey Lolich’s team record of 16 strikeouts.
Meanwhile Miguel Cabrera continued tearing apart opposing pitching adding two more RBIs increasing his major league-leading total to 57. This puts the Tigers slugger on pace for 200 RBIs which would eclipse Hack Wilson’s all-time record of 191 RBIs originally set back in 1930.
The Tigers now have won 4 in a row and sit 8 games above .500. They have a chance tomorrow to go for five wins in a row which would put them 9 games over the .500 for the first time this season.