It may be safe to say at this point that the Tigers have three quality starters for the final stretch run of the regular season.
Max Scherzer was dominant yet again Wednesday afternoon improving to 6-1 with a 3.36 ERA in his last nine starts and reached double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this year. In addition to this, Scherzer threw a total of 117 pitches matching his third highest pitch count of the season.
“I needed to just fire myself up and just go after them and be aggressive with it. Once I fired myself up, put the adrenaline in and started letting the fastball lead, that’s when I got back into the zone,” Scherzer said.
Scherzer started the game by striking out the first two Twins he faced before walking the first two batters in the second inning. Unlike past seasons though or even earlier on this year Scherzer was able to overcome and strike out the next three batters of the inning.
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera continued make history with his first inning solo shot off of Minnesota starter Cole De Vries. The home run put Cabrera at 30 for the season in which case he became the first Tigers player to reach that total in five consecutive seasons.
“It’s not about one person. I’m more excited because we’re winning today,” Cabrera said.
Cabrera finished this series going 6 for 14 at the plate and 10 for 24 on the trip. He’s also become very fond of Target Field where’s he’s batted .411 with five home runs in 90 total at bats.
With the win the Tigers have now won 25 of their last 34 games against the Twins and have won 27 of 43 since June 28. This is good for the second best record in the league during that stretch.
Detroit now heads back home to begin a weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles starting Friday.
Ref: Associated Press