Stats & Info: tigers

Two of the best young arms from the Sunshine State were bright on Thursday afternoon. Anibal Sanchez shook off his recent struggles to one-hit the Giants in a 5-0 Marlins win. David Price countered with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings as the Rays beat the Tigers, 4-2.

The two young hurlers were both very effective, doing so with a different arsenal of pitches.

How Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez one-hit the Giants:
" Threw 40 sliders out of 118 pitches (33.9 percent; second-highest this season); set season highs with 12 outs recorded, eight swinging strikes and six strikeouts.
" Despite season-low 11 first-pitch strikes (41.4 percent), threw 72.2 percent strikes when behind in the count and induced six groundball outs (seven total) when behind.
" Threw nearly a third of his pitches (30.5 percent) in the down-and-away zone, which yielded eight of his 14 swinging strikes and four of eight strikeouts; hitters were 0-10 in this zone and are 2-27 over his last six starts.

How Rays starter David Price defeated the Tigers for his 14th win:

" Dominated with fastball: Threw 98 of them out of 115 total pitches (85.2 percent), the second-highest rate of the season. Four of the Tigers' big hitters (Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Brennan Boesch) saw 53 fastballs and only five off-speed pitches between them.
" Threw 43 pitches on the outside edge of the plate, including 38 fastballs. Detroit hitters missed with 32.8 percent of all swings (a season-high for Price's opponents) and 30 percent against fastballs away.
" Went to only four 2-0 counts, and no 3-0 counts, the entire game. The Tigers managed only two singles with two strikes against them, and were 1-for-11 with runners on base.

Wrapping up a long week on the diamond

July, 23, 2010
Since Monday, there have been 10 extra-inning games across the majors – including a game of at least 13 innings on each of the 4 days.

Rangers 8, Tigers 6 (14 innings)
Royals 5, Blue Jays 4 (10 innings)*

Orioles 11, Rays 10 (13 innings)*
Athletics 5, Red Sox 4 (10 innings)*

Astros 4, Cubs 3 (12 innings)
Padres 6, Braves 4 (12 innings)
Mariners 2, White Sox 1 (11 innings)*
Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3 (14 innings)*

Phillies 2, Cardinals 0 (11 innings)
Red Sox 8, Mariners 6 (13 innings)
*Walk-off win
The last time there were at least 4 straight days with a game that lasted at least 13 innings was September 22-26, 1992 (5 straight days). That was a Tuesday through Saturday, so it didn’t technically “start” the week the way the current streak has managed to do by beginning on a Monday.

September 22, 1992: Pedro Munoz drives in Kirby Puckett with the only run of the game in the 13th inning, as the Twins win at the Rangers at Arlington Stadium.

September 23, 1992: Moises Alou hits a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Expos a 5-1 win at Olympic Stadium.

September 24, 1992: The Mets scored 3 runs in the top of the 14th inning at Busch Stadium to take a 3-0 lead over the Cardinals – but St. Louis countered with 4 in the bottom of the inning, capped off by a Todd Zeile walk-off single.

September 25, 1992: Omar Vizquel of the Mariners had a go-ahead single in the top of the 16th inning at Arlington Stadium to give Seattle a 4-3 win over the Rangers.

September 26, 1992: The Red Sox explode for 4 runs in the top of the 14th inning at Camden Yards to beat the Orioles 7-3. This was a particularly long day in Baltimore, as that was the 1st game of a doubleheader.