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Max Scherzer loses for the first time in 2013

Jul 13, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

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Tigers starter Max Scherzer entered his final start of the first half a sterling 13-0 with a 3.06 ERA. With a victory over the Rangers tonight, he could have improved to 14-0, matching Roger Clemens’ historic start in 1986. The Rangers, however, had other ideas.

Scherzer allowed three runs in the top of the third on an A.J. Pierzynski sacrifice fly and a Mitch Moreland two-run home run. After the Tigers eked out a run in the bottom of the fourth on a Hernan Perez RBI single, Pierzynski got it back with an RBI double in the top of the fifth. Scherzer lasted six innings, allowing eight hits and walking two while striking out six. He is now 13-1 with a 3.19 ERA, still quite good.

The Rangers added three more runs in the top of the ninth against Al Albuquerque as Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single and Adrian Beltre hit a two-run home run.Rangers starter Derek Holland on point, surrendering one run over seven innings. Joaquin Soria pitched a scoreless eighth and Neal Cotts pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down the 7-1 victory.


  1. nicwel - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    What a streak.

  2. historiophiliac - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM


  3. dawgpoundmember - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I would say get the loss out of the way and focus on the second have, but it’s baseball and Scherzer has been Verlander all year, I am happy I seen his first win against the Yankees, even more so to be in in Torii’s line of sight to throw the runner out at home. Great first half Scherzer, you earned a long term contract from Little Ceasars.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      This is how I read your post.

      • ryanprzy - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:36 AM

        I read/listened to all of that. I gotta say that it was entertaining, but you could have waited to use it on a better comment than that. That dude’s post wasn’t too bad, and if you would’ve held out a bit longer, you probably could’ve found a comment that was a bit more suitable.

  4. fusionix7 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Simple as Schzerer wasn’t good and Tigers couldn’t knock in easy runs. Props to Holland who had a great game.

  5. ryanprzy - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Scherzer’s year is not the least bit tainted by this.

    The guy has been the best pitcher on the best rotation in all of baseball. Sure, we (at least us Tiger fans) would have liked to see the unbeaten W-L record shoot up even higher, but wins are such an elusive category for a pitcher.

    When we acquired Fister from the Mariners a couple years ago, his ERA was like a third of a run higher than Scherzer’s is now, and yet Fister had something like a 3-9 record or whatever (I’m too lazy to look it all up).

    My point is that wins are subjective and Scherzer is a beast.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Scherzer is the biggest reason why your Tigers are in first, and oh yeah….Tigers head to head record with Indians at 9-4…LOL But seriously, let’s watch a fun second half.

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