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Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder power Max Scherzer to 12-0

Jun 28, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

Max Scherzer AP

Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and drove in three runs and Prince Fielder added a two-run homer of his own to back starter Max Scherzer, who improved to 12-0. Cabrera bumped his Triple Crown stats to .377/24/81. He leads the Majors in average and RBI, but trails Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (28) in home runs. Fielder’s homer was a monster that hit the catwalk at Tropicana Field.

As for Scherzer, he held the Rays to three runs over seven innings, striking out nine and walking one. He becomes the first pitcher to start 12-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986 with the Red Sox. That year, Clemens went 24-4 with a 2.48 ERA en route to taking home both the AL Cy Young (unanimously) and MVP awards. Scherzer currently has a 3.10 ERA.

  1. tigersfandan - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I know wins and losses are not still afforded the prominence they once enjoyed as measurements of a pitcher’s performance. Regardless, you don’t get to 12-0 without being pretty good.

    • abaird2012 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Well put.

    • nbjays - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      You also don’t get to 12-0 without some run support from your offense.

      • tigersfandan - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        True. And Scherzer is definitely enjoying good run support.

  2. historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    His Heterochromianess, y’all!

    Thanks, Bill, for that most excellent dose of Tigers awesomeness! <3 Rowr!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      MGB x 2

      • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        Oh, yes, thank you. I’ll have another. Cheers!

    • hittfamily - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      When PED’s were outlawed, most teams looked towards playing smallball. The Tigers looked back at history at what was successful pre PED. The found Ruth, and went in that direction. Overeating (Prince), Lotta Beer (Miggy), Womanizing (Kate Freaking Upton), and Cigarettes (Leyland). It’s working, and it sometimes is a beautiful thing

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        I do all those things you accuse the Tigers of doing and it’s not a beautiful thing except for the womanizing!

  3. philliesblow - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    In the clubhouse after the game, Prince was heard humming some Right Said Fred.

    I’m a ballplayer you know what I mean
    And I hit my homerun on the catwalk
    Yeah on the catwalk on the catwalk yeah
    I shake my little touche on the catwalk.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM


  4. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    i hated the fielder signing when it happened but damn it if cabrera/fielder in the lineup hasn’t provided some incredible excitement the past year and a half. this team is fun to watch right now.

  5. fusionix7 - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Still waiting to hear an estimated distance on that Fielder bomb.

  6. aceshigh11 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Miguel Cabrera is a cyborg sent from the future…he’s GOTTA be.

    Dude has been absolutely inhuman this year. Unreal.

  7. hittfamily - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Poor Colome. The kid gets called up from AAA, and has to face the best hitter since Bonds with Prince batting right behind him. Consider it a shutout, cause not even Beowulf could have slayed that dragon.

  8. sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    With all the talent the Tigers have, it doesn’t seem to show up in their win and loss record. It didn’t last year and while they are playing well this year, they haven’t run away with the division yet.

    The Tigers have the highest batting average in all of the major leagues.

    The Tigers are tied for 1st in all of baseball for on base percentage.

    The Tigers are 3rd in the American League in slugging.

    The Tigers are 2nd in all of baseball in OPS.

    The Tigers are 5th in the American League in ERA. They are first in all of baseball in strikeouts by their pitchers.

    The Tigers are 2nd in the American League in WHIP.

    The Tigers are 3rd in the American League in terms of their pitchers having the lowest batting average against them.

    So they both hit and pitch very well but they only have the 9th best record in all of baseball…

    • hgfrombc2 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Probably because, as of July 1, the team BA is .284 with RISP & less than 2 out and,
      Infante is leading the team at .286 from the 7th inning on.

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