Felix, Scherzer part of historic night of strikeouts
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Apr 18, 2013
The two teams combined to strikeout 40 times, three shy of the major-league record, and starting pitchers Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer each struck out 12, the first time both starters in a game had struck out a dozen or more batters in a decade. Hernandez and Scherzer had remarkably similar lines in this game, both allowing just one run in eight innings while striking out 12. The Tigers beat the Mariners 2-1 in 14 innings on Wednesday night, but what was significant about the game wasn’t the result. It was the strikeouts. Prince Fielder led all batters in the game with five strikeouts in six plate appearances, thus becoming just the third hitter since 1991 to strikeout out four or more times in consecutive games . The last time it happened was April 9, 2003, when the Cubs beat the Expos 3-0 with Mark Prior striking out 12 in a 112-pitch shutout and Javier Vazquez striking out 14 in seven innings. Hernandez, whose run was unearned, gave up four hits and threw 76 of 106 pitches for strikes. As great as those two were, however, their combined game score of 161 was just the third highest for two starters this season.
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