The Detroit Tigers took a 2-0 lead over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship series with a 3-0 victory on Sunday. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez went seven strong innings, allowing only three hits while striking out seven.
Sanchez's performance was just the latest in a string of excellent ones by Tigers starting pitching, as Al Beaton of SB Nation's Tigers blog Bless You Boys noted in his recap:
Thanks to Sanchez's 7 shutout innings, the the playoff ERA for the Tigers' starting rotation has dropped to a ridiculously good 0.94. Good? No, that's INSANE.
Beaton also pointed out that Tigers starters have a 29.2-inning scoreless streak this postseason. That's just one inning away from the all-time postseason record, which is held by the 1974 Oakland Athletics. With ace Justin Verlander on the hill in Game 3, the Tigers will have a very good chance at setting that record.
Detroit reliever Phil Coke received some kudos from Beaton as well, as Coke pitched two scoreless innings to record the save. Normal closer Jose Valverde has been temporarily demoted thanks to two straight blown saves.
First pitch of Game 3 is on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET in Detroit.