A wise man once said you cannot have an undefeated season unless you win your first two games. That’s exactly what the Detroit Tigers have done as they beat up the Minnesota Twins 11-0 on Wednesday afternoon to move their record to 2-0. This is the first time in the history of the team they started off a season with back to back shutouts.
Anibal Sanchez got the start for the Tigers and did not give up a run while striking out six in 6 2/3 innings of work. Sanchez was effective from the get go while scattering three hits and walking two. He was never really in any trouble until the seventh inning when two Twins reached base.
Tigers reliever Angel Nesbitt came on to get the final out of the seventh inning in what was his Major League debut.
Not to take anything away from Sanchez, but the real story of the day was the offense. As a team the Tigers racked up 15 hits, including four from Jose Iglesias, on their way to scoring 11 runs.
Iglesias also scored three runs and picked up a walk on the day. He is now hitting a video game like .857 to start off the season, and considering his struggles in Spring Training it is nice to him off to a hot start.
Joining Iglesias on the Tigers offensive rampage were Anthony Gose, Ian Kinsler, and Miguel Cabrera.
Gose, who batted leadoff for the Tigers, had three hits and three RBIs in his first start of the season.
Kinsler probably had the most impressive fantasy game at the plate as he had two hits, scored two runs, and picked up four RBI’s on the day.
Cabrera also did his part as he collected a pair of hits, including a double, and two RBI’s to pace the Tigers offensively.
The Tigers next game is Thursday afternoon at 1:08pm against the same Minnesota Twins. Scheduled to start at pitcher for the Tigers is right-hander Shane Greene, who will be making his debut with the team. The Twins will run out right-hander Kyle Gibson, who will be given the task of trying to slow down the Tigers offense.
162-0 here we come! Go Tigers!