The Tigers upped their record to 93-67 tonight by shutting out the Indians 14-0. The story of the game was starting pitcher Doug Fister who absolutely dominated the Indians. He allowed just three hits and walked nobody in eight scoreless innings. His control was so superb that he went to only one three-ball count all night. On top of his usual control, he also struck out nine Indians. In has last 55 2/3 innings, he has done his best Cliff Lee imitation with a 0.65 ERA and an amazing 52/4 K/BB ratio.
The often unlucky Fister received a generous amount of run support tonight. The Tigers scored as many runs for him tonight as the Mariners typically scored for him in a month. Seattle scored 12 runs for the big right-hander in May, 10 in June and 7 in July. Tonight, the Tigers scored 14 runs, including an eight-run explosion in the eighth.
Red hot Miguel Cabrera led the 18-hit attack with three singles raising his league-leading batting average to .343. He also took over the lead in on base percentage with a .448 mark. Every other Tigers starter had two hits except Ramon Santiago, who had one.
The win leaves the Tigers a half game behind the Rangers who play the Angels on the west coast tonight. If the Tigers can catch the Rangers, they will get home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.