The Detroit Tigers defeated the New York Yankees, 3-0, on Sunday, taking a 2-0 lead in the ALCS in the process. Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez went seven innings, striking out seven while walking three. He allowed just three hits.
Sanchez's pitching performance was the latest in a string of good efforts from Detroit's starting staff, as SB Nation's Bless You Boys noted after the conclusion of the game:
Thanks to Sanchez's seven shutout innings, the playoff ERA for the Tigers' starting rotation has dropped to a ridiculously good 0.94. Good? No, that's INSANE.
Behind the strong pitching effort from their starters, the Tigers are 5-2 in the postseason. Ace Justin Verlander has already accounted for two wins, and the team has not allowed an opponent to score more than four runs in a game. The Tigers have a pair of shutouts already and would have three, if reliever Jose Valverde had been able to shut down the Yankees in the ninth inning of ALCS Game 1.
The ALCS shifts to Detroit for Game 3, which is set for 8:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday. TBS will have the coverage.