The Detroit Tigers entered tonight needing a win badly. They had lost eight consecutive games dating back to last week. Their starting pitching had been a mess, their offense was struggling badly and their bullpen was giving away leads. They were at the .500 mark for the first time in several years. Another loss and they would be sitting one game below .500. Left-hander David Price seemed to understand how important this game was.
The lefty ace went the distance last night, as he tossed a complete game against the Chicago White Sox allowing just one run. His final line for the night had him allowing just five hits, one run, and two walks with 11 strikeouts. The only blip of the night came in the bottom of the third when Price gave up a RBI double to Alexei Ramirez with one out. He was able to limit the damage and escape the inning without any further damage.
Price was also aided by the Detroit bats which seemed to finally wake up tonight. They had been kept silent until the top of the fifth inning. Veteran lefty John Danks seemed to be in control throughout the night as although the Tigers got men on, they struggled to get the clutch hit to drive them in. Right-handed slugger Miguel Cabrera put an end to that when he took a 1-1 cutter than ran over the plate and launched it to straightaway center to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
From then, on the Tigers never looked back. Danks was able to get the second out, but from then on ran into a brick wall as he got several guys into a two-strike count, but continually left pitches over the plate which enabled them to pull or hit the other way as they piled on a total five runs over the course of one inning and knocked Danks out of the game before he could get the final out.
Price had all the support he needed to as he mowed down White Sox batters one after the other. At one point he had fanned seven consecutive White Sox hitters and seemed to have a real shot at tying Tom Seaver’s record of striking out ten consecutive batters in a game. Unfortunately he was unable to do that but gave the Tigers a stellar outing and finally helped snap a nightmare losing streak.
The Tigers now sit in third place in the AL Central with a 29-28 record and are four games out of first.