Coming into tonight’s game, Detroit Tiger’s Max Scherzer’s month of August was a thing of beauty. He had won 4 of 5 starts, accumalating 44 strikeouts, and a 2.25 ERA over 32 innings of work. Every month since the inception of the regular season, Scherzer has seen his earned run average fall… and fall… and fall. Meanwhile, he has seen his strikeout totals rise and rise. In a flip-flop battle between their starts, he has regained the MLB- lead for strikeouts (204) from teammate Justin Verlander (198).
The trend continued against the White Sox.
Max Scherzer factored in the win as he pitched 8 strong innings, striking out 9, while not allowing a run, to charge the Detroit Tigers (71-61) past the Chicago White Sox (72-60) for the second night in a row. The final score was 5-1 and the White Sox saw their lead in the Central Division playoff race grow increasingly smaller. They now only lead by 1 game. Francisco Liriano (4 IP, 5 SO, 7 BB, 3 ER) was tagged with the loss as the White Sox could not find an answer to Scherzer. They compiled a total of 4 hits against him.
Detroit’s Avisail Garcia (1-3, 1 RBI) recorded his first Major League hit as he smacked a single into right field which scored outfielder Delmon Young (2-4, 1 RBI). Earlier in the bottom half of the inning, Young had another questionable hit (his 2nd in four days) that needed reviewed, as he just missed another homerun and was awarded a triple. 2 innings later, he did however, launch a no-doubter giving him a total of 16 homers on the season. The resurgent Young has also had quite the month of August. He hit .313, 4 homeruns, and 15 RBI. He raised his season average 10 pts to .275. Miguel Cabrera (3-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB) raised his average to .332. He now trails Los Angeles Angel’s Mike Trout(.336) by .005 points for the American League lead in batting average. Brennan Boesch rounded out the scoring for the Tigers going 1-4, with 1 RBI.
Tiger’s Jose Valverde pitched the ninth inning in a non-save situation. He struck out one, while allowing 2 hits and a run. Chicago’s Paul Konerko (1-4, 1 R) doubled to right field, in the 9th inning. Orlando Hudson (1-1, 1 RBI) followed up with a triple, scoring Konerko.
The Tigers and White Sox will wrap up this 3-game weekend set Sunday night at 8:00 pm ET. Tiger’s Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.80 ERA) will take the hill versus the White Sox’s Chris Sale (15.5, 2.85 ERA). This game hold dual importance as two of the top contenders for the American League Cy Young Award square off, while the Tigers hope they can complete the sweep and find themselves in a tie for the AL Central Divison with the White Sox.