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.

April 25, 1901: Tigers’ wild AL debut

1901 – At Bennett Park, the Detroit Tigers make an incredible comeback in their American League debut. Trailing 13 – 4 in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Tigers score 10 runs in their last at-bat to defeat the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, 14 – 13. Frank Dillon drives in the game-winning run with a double, his fourth of the game. Dillon’s four doubles is an opening day record that will be matched by Jim Greengrass in 1954.

No boxscore is available for this game, but here’s something for you: the 14-run game begins a four-game stretch in which the Tigers score 45 runs … and give up 38.

Baseball-Reference.com

On this date in 1984: First loss of the year

From Baseball Reference:

1984 — The Detroit Tigers suffer their first loss of the season after nine consecutive wins. The Tigers fall to the Kansas City Royals and rookie Bret Saberhagen, who earns his first major league victory.

Final score: Royals 5 – Tigers 2. Interesting that Dan Petry gave up five runs and Sparky still let him pitch eight innings.

Gibby hit a solo shot off Dan Quisenberry in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. With the win, the Royals pushed their record to 6-6. Quisenberry earned saves in five of the wins.

Check out the boxscore.