American League Game Summary - Detroit at Seattle|
(Wednesday, April 17th)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Seattle 1 (14 innings)
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Bryan Pena pushed the go-ahead run across and
Prince Fielder kept the lead intact by gunning out Justin Smoak at the plate,
as the Detroit Tigers came away with a 2-1 victory in marathon 14-inning
pitchers' duel at Safeco Field.
In a game highlighted by incredible pitching performances, which resulted in a
combined 40 strikeouts, the Tigers took advantage after Charlie Furbush (0-1)
put two runners on to start the 14th inning.
Blake Beavan took the mound for Seattle and the runners advanced on Jhonny
Peralta's sac bunt. Pena then got Victor Martinez to cross the plate with a
groundout to short.
"I was trying to redeem myself because I struck out with a man on second the
last at bat before," Pena said. "I was just trying to put the baseball in play
and get a good swing. I was just trying to hit the baseball through the
middle, not trying to do too much."
Drew Smyly (1-0) picked up the win after Joaquin Benoit was able to preserve
the save in the bottom half of the final frame. Benoit gave up a single to
Smoak and two batter later, surrendered a double to Dustin Ackley.
With Smoak chugging around third, Torii Hunter fielded the ball cleanly and
got it to Fielder, who rifled the ball to Pena at home plate. Smoak, dead to
rights, plowed into Pena at the plate.
"I knew off the bat I was trying to score. They had to make a perfect relay
throw to get me. He was up the line, I didn't really know where to go, so I
had to do what I had to do," Smoak said.
Pena, though, absorbed the hit and managed to hold on to the ball to end the
"I just need to hold the ball and take the hit. My main goal was to hold on
to the baseball. It doesn't matter where you're body's going to go, just hold
on to the baseball," Pena said. "These guys really deserved this win. They
battled the entire day, it was just a team victory for us."
Seattle's Felix Hernandez and Detroit's Max Scherzer set the tone with
dominant starts, each striking out 12 batters over eight innings. Hernandez
allowed four hits and an unearned run, while Scherzer gave up six hits and one
Detroit won its fourth game in a row and earned a fourth straight series
victory. While Fielder made a great throw on the game-ending play, he was
terrible at the plate, going 0-for-6 with five strikeouts.
Both starters were dealing through the first four innings, with each team only
recording a single hit off the opposing pitcher, but Detroit broke through
first in the fifth.
Martinez reached on a fielding error by shortstop Brendan Ryan and then moved
to third on a double by Andy Dirks. Martinez then trotted home on Peralta's
groundout to short for 1-0 Detroit lead.
Hernandez didn't let it get any worse, though, and retired five of the next
eight batters he faced via strikeout, with Peralta going down swinging in the
Raul Ibanez then provided the equalizer in the bottom half of the inning.
Michael Morse led the frame off with a double down the left field line, and
Ibanez plated him with a grounder through the right side.
The last time both starter had 12+ strikeouts in same game was April 9, 2003
when Mark Prior and Javier Vazquez accomplished the feat ... The Major League
record for total strikeouts in a game is 43 ... Martinez was the only batter
in either starting lineup to not strike out ... Fielder is 0-for-11 with nine
strikeouts so far in this series ... Hunter extended his hitting streak to 11
games. He was 2-for-5.
04/18 03:43:58 ET