Even on an afternoon when a rain delay threatened to force him off the mound early, Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer turned in a masterful Father's Day performance in a 5-0 win over the National League's Colorado Rockies.
Scherzer bounced back from a string of mediocre starts on Sunday by striking out 12 batters over eight shutout innings. While he did manage to scatter seven hits, the often erratic Scherzer, who is now 6-4, did not walk a single batter for only the third time this season.
Offensively, the Tigers were locked-in at the plate from the very first pitch, and racked up a whopping 15 hits throughout the afternoon. In addition to a perfect 5-for-5 game from speedy outfielder Quintin Berry, who also stole his 9th base of the year, backup catcher Gerald Laird turned in a 3-for-4 day from the plate with a key RBI double that proved to be of the game-winning variety. By game's end, Brennan Boesch and Jhonny Peralta would finish as the only two Detroit starters without a hit.
Winners of five of their last seven games, the Tigers will suit up for another crucial interleague three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Comerica Park on Tuesday evening.