Pena drives in winner as Tigers down M's in extrasApr 18, 2013 - 7:44 AM
In a game highlighted by incredible pitching performances, which resulted in a combined 40 strikeouts, the Tigers took advantage after Charlie Furbush (0-1) put two runners on to start the 14th inning.
Blake Beavan took the mound for Seattle and the runners advanced on Jhonny Peralta's sac bunt. Pena then got Victor Martinez to cross the plate with a groundout to short.
"I was trying to redeem myself because I struck out with a man on second the last at bat before," Pena said. "I was just trying to put the baseball in play and get a good swing. I was just trying to hit the baseball through the middle, not trying to do too much."
Drew Smyly (1-0) picked up the win after Joaquin Benoit was able to preserve the save in the bottom half of the final frame. Benoit gave up a single to Smoak and two batter later, surrendered a double to Dustin Ackley.
With Smoak chugging around third, Torii Hunter fielded the ball cleanly and got it to Fielder, who rifled the ball to Pena at home plate. Smoak, dead to rights, plowed into Pena at the plate.
"I knew off the bat I was trying to score. They had to make a perfect relay throw to get me. He was up the line, I didn't really know where to go, so I had to do what I had to do," Smoak said.
Pena, though, absorbed the hit and managed to hold on to the ball to end the game.
"I just need to hold the ball and take the hit. My main goal was to hold on to the baseball. It doesn't matter where you're body's going to go, just hold on to the baseball," Pena said. "These guys really deserved this win. They battled the entire day, it was just a team victory for us."
Seattle's Felix Hernandez and Detroit's Max Scherzer set the tone with dominant starts, each striking out 12 batters over eight innings. Hernandez allowed four hits and an unearned run, while Scherzer gave up six hits and one earned run.
Detroit won its fourth game in a row and earned a fourth straight series victory. While Fielder made a great throw on the game-ending play, he was terrible at the plate, going 0-for-6 with five strikeouts.
Both starters were dealing through the first four innings, with each team only recording a single hit off the opposing pitcher, but Detroit broke through first in the fifth.
Martinez reached on a fielding error by shortstop Brendan Ryan and then moved to third on a double by Andy Dirks. Martinez then trotted home on Peralta's groundout to short for 1-0 Detroit lead.
Hernandez didn't let it get any worse, though, and retired five of the next eight batters he faced via strikeout, with Peralta going down swinging in the seventh.
Raul Ibanez then provided the equalizer in the bottom half of the inning. Michael Morse led the frame off with a double down the left field line, and Ibanez plated him with a grounder through the right side.
The last time both starter had 12+ strikeouts in same game was April 9, 2003 when Mark Prior and Javier Vazquez accomplished the feat ... The Major League record for total strikeouts in a game is 43 ... Martinez was the only batter in either starting lineup to not strike out ... Fielder is 0-for-11 with nine strikeouts so far in this series ... Hunter extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He was 2-for-5.
- DETROIT: 2
Apr 18 2:40 AM
- Brayan Pena grounded out short to first scoring Don Kelly with one out. On the play, Jhonny Peralta advances to second and Matt Tuiasosopo advances to third. Runners on second and third and Omar Infante due up.
Tigers 2, Mariners 1 Top 14, 1 OutApr 18 2:26 AM
- Raul Ibanez singled to right scored Michael Morse. Runner on first with none out and Justin Smoak due up.
Tigers 1, Mariners 1 Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 17 11:52 PM
- Jhonny Peralta grounded out short to first scored Victor Martinez. Runner on second with one out and Brayan Pena due up.
Tigers 1, Mariners 0 Top 5, 1 OutApr 17 11:10 PM
- DETROIT: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 17 10:10 PM
- Zimmermann expected to miss at least 1 start for Tigers May 23
- Athletics-Mariners Preview May 23
- LEADING OFF: Kershaw tests streak vs Reds, Colon faces Nats May 23
- Baseball Capsules May 22
- Tigers beat Rays 9-4 but Zimmermann, Cabrera hurt May 22
- Phillies-Tigers Preview May 22
- Eickhoff shuts down Braves over 7 innings, Phillies win 5-0 May 22
- Archer hit hard as Rays fall 9-4 to Tigers May 22
- Martin, Cano help Mariners sweep, hand Reds 7th loss in row May 22
- Cabrera leaves game after being hit in knee area with pitch May 22
- Detroit's Zimmermann leaves in 6th with groin strain May 22
- Mariners place Marte on 15-day DL, recall Taylor May 22