Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, who has two different eye colours, celebrated in style last night after the Tigers 6-0 win over the A’s with some pretty awesome looking goggles that came as a gift from his wife for his anniversary.
♦ Tiger pitcher Max Scherzer's night changed because of walk (Detroit News)
Had Scherzer struck out Seth Smith to end the inning without complication, perhaps the sixth would have been different. But with a pitch just off the plate, Scherzer walked Smith with two outs, then gave up a bloop single to catcher Derek Norris - advancing Smith to third - before he struck out Cliff Pennington to strand the two runners.♦ Brother’s death has motivated Detroit’s Scherzer (Kansas City Star)
The walk cost him 10 extra pitches, though - four to Norris, six to Pennington - before Scherzer ended the fifth. While throwing those 10, the outlook for the rest of his night changed.
"I could feel I was starting to get tired," he said. "I used some bullets to get out of that jam. When you're in a playoff atmosphere, you put so much into every pitch."
"I think everyone handles grief a little different," manager Jim Leyland told the Detroit News last month. "Sometimes, you can use grief as a motivational tool. However it has been with Max, it (his pitching) has been pretty amazing."