June 21, 1970: Tigers’ #7 goes 7 for 7

Gutierrez Cesar 1In the nightcap of a doubleheader in Cleveland, the Tigers’ Cesar Gutierrez goes 7 for 7 with six singles and a double to tie a record set in 1892, in a 12-inning, 9-8 win.

Mickey Stanley‘s home run wins it for the Tigers. Gutierrez came into the game hitting .218, and was hitless in his previous 18 at bats. He will collect just seven hits in all of 1971, and 128 hits for his career.

Here’s the box score.

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May 20, 2012: Max Ks 15 Pirates

Max Scherzer strikes out 15 in 7 innings to lead the Tigers to a 4-3 win over the
Pirates
. The strikeouts are one shy of Mickey Lolich‘s club record of 16 until …

P.S. The 2012 club was 20-21 after the win. The same record the Tigers will have if they beat the Rays tonight.

On this date in 2009, The D-Train Notches 1st Tigers Win

Dontrelle Willis wins his first game in 20 months and his first in a Tigers uniform as the Tigers shut out the Rangers, 4-0.

The D-Train allowed only one hit — a double to Michael Young — in six and a third innings, and retired 17 batters in a row at one point and snapped the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.

Here’s the boxscore, filled with gems like Jeff Larish as the DH and an inning from Joel Zumaya.