(Sports Network) - It was a night for the ages in Detroit on Friday.
Rick Porcello may have a hard time matching Anibal Sanchez's brilliant
performance on Saturday, though, when the Tigers continue a three-game series
with the Atlanta Braves at Comerica Park.
Sanchez tossed eight scoreless innings and recorded a career-high 17
strikeouts as Detroit cruised to a 10-0 rout in the opener.
"I didn't think for the strikeout," Sanchez said. "I just tried to get a lot
of ground balls, stay in the game for a lot of innings. That's what I work
Sanchez (3-1) gave up just five hits and a walk as he broke Mickey Lolich's
club record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game. Lolich twice struck out
16 hitters in 1969. Sanchez also set the mark for most strikeouts in an
Interleague game in major league history.
"Everything was working for him tonight," Tigers catcher Brayan Pena said. "He
was mixing it up. He was attacking the strike zone with his offspeed, and then
he was expanding his strike zone. He was making those guys chase because his
stuff tonight was unbelievable.
"I think it was one of those nights that when you're behind home plate, you
feel comfortable with whatever you put down, especially after a 10-0 lead."
Matt Tuiasosopo hit a home run and drove in a career-best five runs for the
Tigers, who have won two of their last three contests. Victor Martinez had a
pair of doubles and two RBI while Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with two runs
Braves starter Paul Maholm (3-2) got shelled in 3 2/3 innings of work,
allowing eight earned runs and 10 hits.
Atlanta has dropped two straight and five of seven.
Now, the Tigers turn to Porcello, who has been awful this season, going 0-2
with a 11.08 ERA. He was at his worst last Saturday in Anaheim, as he failed
to get out of the first inning and was pounded for nine runs, while recording
just two outs before exiting.
"I think we've all had games where guys are hitting the ball hard just right
at (defenders)," Porcello said after the game, "and you cruise through seven
innings or whatever and you walk away feeling pretty good about it, but you
didn't throw the ball that well. Today, I felt like I threw the ball fine. It
just wasn't in the cards for me."
Atlanta, meanwhile, turns to righty Kris Medlen, who is 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA.
Medlen absorbed the loss on Sunday in Pittsburgh, as the Pirates reached him
for three runs and seven hits in six innings. He also struck out six and
walked a batter.
Medlen beat the Tigers the only other time he faced them and only allowed a
run in 6 2/3 innings of that one.
The Braves are making their first trip to Detroit since 2004, when they lost
two of three. The Tigers swept a three-game series in Atlanta during the 2007
campaign and the Braves took two of three at home in 2010.
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