DETROIT TIGERS (60-66) vs. LOS ANGELES ANGELS (64-62)
LHP Randy Wolf (0-1, 3.86) vs. RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-9, 4.76)
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. Justin Verlander carried a no hitter into the ninth inning and tossed a one-hit shutout to earn his second win of the season. J.D. Martinez had a pair of hits, including his 34th home run of the season. Miguel Cabrera and Nick Castellanos also homered in the win. The Tigers and Angels conclude their three-game series this afternoon. Following today’s game, the Tigers embark on a six-game road trip, which includes three games at Toronto (August 28-30) and three games in Kansas City (September 1-3).
JV TOSSES ONE-HIT SHUTOUT: Justin Verlander carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning and finished last night’s game with a one-hit shutout, allowing two walks and nine strikeouts. The performance marked Verlander’s 21st career complete game and his first since July 31, 2012 at Boston, while the shutout was the seventh of his career and first since May 18, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh. Verlander has allowed just one earned run over his last four starts, compiling a 0.31 ERA (29.0IP/1ER). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s the lowest ERA for Verlander over any four-start span in his major league career.
CABRERA EXTENDS HITTING STREAK TO 11, MOVES UP MLB HOMER LIST: Miguel Cabrera went 1×3 with a run scored, a home run and two RBI in last night’s game to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Over his last 11 games, Cabrera is batting .523 (23×44) with 12 runs scored, nine doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI. The home run for Cabrera in last night’s game was the 407th of his major league career, tying him with Adrian Beltre and Duke Snider for 51st in major league history. Cabrera is five homers shy of tying Alfonso Soriano for 50th in MLB history with 412 home runs.
KINSLER’S STREAK REACHES EIGHT GAMES: Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to eight games last night as he went 1×4 with a triple. Over his last eight games, Kinsler is hitting .457 (16×35) with nine runs scored, three doubles, two triples, two home runs and six RBI. In 37 games since the All-Star break, Kinsler is batting .383 (59×154) with 32 runs scored, 12 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 20 RBI. Kinsler leads all American League hitters with 59 hits since the All-Star break, while he is tied for first with 32 runs scored, tied for third with 12 doubles and fifth with a .383 batting average (min. 50 at bats).
J.D. POWER: J.D. Martinez hit his 34th home run of the season last night, blasting a two-run shot off Hector Santiago in the fifth inning. Martinez’s 34 home runs are a single-season career high and are tied for the third most in the American League. Martinez enters today’s game with a home run every 13.82 at bats, which ranks sixth in the American League.
TRIPLE THREAT: Ian Kinsler hit his seventh triple of the season in last night’s game. As a team, the Tigers now have 40 triples this season, which leads the American League, and are the most by the team since they had 41 triples in 2008. Rajai Davis ranks tied for fourth in the AL with eight triples, while Ian Kinsler is tied for seventh with seven triples and Nick Castellanos and Anthony Gose are tied for 11th with six triples.
AT COMERICA PARK: The Tigers are 2-4 on their current seven-game homestand, which includes four games vs. Texas (1-3) and three games vs. the Los Angeles Angels (1-1). Detroit is 30-34 at home this season. The Tigers are hitting .282 (618×2194) at home this season, which ranks second in the American League, while the pitching staff has compiled a 4.25 ERA (589.0IP/278ER) at Comerica Park.
ROAD WORK UPCOMING: Following today’s game, the Tigers embark on a six-game road trip, which includes three games at Toronto (August 28-30) and three games at Kansas City (September 1-3). Detroit has posted a 30-32 record away from Comerica Park this season.
- The national anthem will be performed by the Richmond Community Choir, of Richmond, Michigan.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 60-66/ Streak: W1
Game #127 / Home #65
Home: 30-34 / Road 30-32
TIGERS VS. ANGELS
2015 Record: 1-5
2015 at Home: 1-1
2015 at Los Angeles: 0-4
All-Time Record: 320-307
All-Time at Home: 176-137
All-Time at Comerica Park: 30-35
All-Time at Los Angeles: 144-170
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 1-4
Last 10 games: 4-6
Last 15 games: 6-9
Last 20 games: 9-11
This content was originally published on August 27, 2015. It was delivered electronically to specific media contacts and the entire Detroit Tigers front office staff, as well as being available to media in the press box and distributed to fans at program stands around Comerica Park.