The Mariners fell to the Tigers 2-1 in a 14 inning pitching duel on Wednesday. Pinch runner Don Kelly scored the go-ahead run for Detroit off a Brayan Pena ground-out to short. The Mariners had a chance to tie it off a Dustin Ackley double, but Justin Smoak was unable to beat the throw to home
Pitcher Felix Hernandez had an outstanding outing, going 8 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 unearned run. The King struck out 12 batters, just 1 shy of his career best and walked no one. He got a no-decision, with the game tied at 1 after 8.
Max Scherzer got the start for the Tigers, also going 8 innings and striking out 12. Scherzer walked one and allowed six hits and one earned run.
The last time both starting pitchers had 12 strikeouts and allowed one or fewer earned runs was back in 1992 in a duel between Randy Johnson and Mark Langston according to Elias Sports.
Dustin Ackley and Frankin Gutierrez both led the team with two hits each, including a double apiece. Gutierrez struck out 4 times as well.
Turning Point: The turning point would have to be when Charlie Furbush ran into some trouble in the 14th and was pulled from the game with two runners on and no outs. Blake Beavan came on in relief and and was unable to get out of the inning without giving up one run, which turned out to be all the Tigers needed.
Player of the Game: You would be hard pressed to find a more deserving POG than Hernandez and Scherzer; the numbers speak for themselves. The impressive pitching didn’t stop in the 8th, with the relievers for both teams racking up 16 strikeouts between them. The two teams fell just three strikeouts short of setting a Major League record for a single game (43).
Next Up: It’s a day game as the Mariners and Tigers wrap up their three game series. First pitch is at 12:40 and it too could shape up to be a pitching duel with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound for the Mariners and Justin Verlander for the Tigers.