DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The Tigers have had tremendous starting pitching since David Price was obtained, and Price hasn't even pitched yet.
Anibal Sanchez continued the trend this afternoon. He blanked Colorado on two hits over his seven innings, walked none and struck out 12. For the second straight day, the big blow was a three-run homer by Victor Martinez, this one in the third inning.
In the first two full games since Price was obtained, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello each went eight innings and allowed two runs to beat the Rockies.
So add it up: In the three games against Colorado, the Tigers starters pitched 23 of the possible 27 innings and allowed four runs. Now Max Scherzer opens at Yankee Stadium on Monday night, and Price makes his Tigers debut there Tuesday night.
The Tigers scored 4 runs in the third off left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. The inning looked stagnant when third baseman Nolan Arenado threw out Eugenio Suarez from one knee to make it two out and nobody on.
Then Rajai Davis hustled his second double in three days since he took over for Jackson in center. Ian Kinsler was hit by a pitch. Miguel Cabrera singled to center to score Davis.
Then Victor Martinez unloaded a three-run homer to left for a 4-0 lead.
Sanchez allowed Brandon Barnes' single in the third and Drew Stubbs' single in the seventh. He threw 117 pitches.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Sanchez became the seventh Tigers pitcher in the last 100 years to strike out at least 12 hitters in a game in which he walked none. The others to do it are Scherzer, Verlander, Jack Morris, Mickey Lolich (twice), Denny McLain and, back in 1918, right-hander Eric Erickson as he pitched all 16 innings of a 2-2 tie against Washington.
Martinez's homer was his second in two days, both of them three-run drives. Before this weekend, he'd gone without a homer in the two games since he returned from
All 23 of Martinez's homers have come with the difference in the game three runs or fewer. All but one of Cabrera's 17 homers also have come with the difference in the game three runs or fewer. The only one of his that didn't was his first of the season — and that was his 2,000th career hit.
In this three-game sweep of Colorado, the Tigers didn't allow a homer. The injury-racked Rockies didn't homer on a 1-6 trip to Wrigley Field and Comerica Park. They have tied the club record of seven straight games without a homer. They set that mark in April of 2007, the season that ended with them going to their only World Series. Now they have the worst record in the N.L.