The Tigers rode a record breaking night on the mound by Anibal Sanchez and the big bat of Matt Tuiasosopo to topple the Braves 10-to-0 in the opener of a 3-game interleague series at Comerica Park.
Atlanta arrived in Motown with the majors best record at 15-and-6 but they were no match for Sanchez. He struck out a franchise-best 17 batters over eight innings and allowed 5-hits while improving to 3-and-1. Sanchez bettered by one the Detroit strikeout mark set by Tiger legend Mickey Lolich in 1969, when he twice fanned 16 batters. Sanchez also set the mark for most strikeouts ever in an interleague major league game.
Tuiasosopo blasted a three-run homer and knocked in five runs while Victor Martinez was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs and two RBI’s and Torii Hunter was 3-for-5 with an RBI and scored twice.
Detroit is now 11-and-10 and will send Rick Porcello to the mound against Atlanta this afternoon with the first pitch set for 1:05 p.m.
The White Sox beat the Rays 5-to-4 last night in Chicago while in Miami, the Cubs doubled up the Marlins 4-to-2, giving them their first back to back wins so far this season