DETROIT -- The Tigers went 14 innings between runs last weekend against the Angels, a struggle that seemed interminable over the final three games of a low-scoring series.
On Saturday, they posted eight straight innings with a run against the Rockies, a more historic feat. They scored in every inning they came to bat in an 11-5 win over the Rockies.
Instead of wondering when the breakout was coming, the Tigers hit enough to leave fans wondering when it would stop.
For the Tigers, it was unprecedented, at least since 1912, according to STATS. That's as far back as the inning-by-inning line scores can be looked up.
"You know, I actually didn't realize it until they put it up on the board," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Pretty much everybody hit. Everyone contributed in some fashion. It was nice to see."
No Major League team had done it in a nine-inning game since April 29, 2006, when the Yankees scored in each of their eight innings to bat in a 17-6 rout of the Blue Jays at old Yankee Stadium.
The Tigers are just the fifth team to do it in the last 35 years. The Rockies, coincidentally, did it twice. They needed nearly every rally they had to hold off the Padres in a 15-11 win at Coors Field on Sept. 24, 2001. On May 5, 1999, then-manager Jim Leyland's Rockies scored in all nine innings they batted -- never scoring more than two runs in any of them -- in a 13-6 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
LAST 5 TIMES A TEAM HAS SCORED IN EVERY INNING AT THE PLATE OF A NINE-INNING GAME (according to Elias Sports Bureau):
|04/29/2006||TOR 6 @ NYY 17||NYY (did not bat in 9th)|
|09/24/2001||SD 11 @ COL 15||COL (did not bat in 9th)|
|05/05/1999||COL 13 @ CHC 6||COL|
|09/14/1998||OAK 6 @ KC 16||KC (did not bat in 9th)|
|09/01/1978||HOU 11 @ CHC 14||CHC (did not bat in 9th)|
The Tigers' output Saturday was similar. They scored more than one run in just two innings -- a two-run fourth inning powered by three consecutive two-out hits, and a three-run fifth that consisted entirely of Victor Martinez's three-run homer following an intentional walk to Miguel Cabrera.
All the other innings were one-run rallies. The way Rick Porcello was pitching, they were more than enough.
"It was nice to have a little bit of separation in a game and score some runs," Ausmus said. "Our offense has been a little sluggish overall the past week and a half or so, so it's nice to score some runs."
Here are the scoring plays from each inning:
1st: Rajai Davis doubles, scores on a double play.
2nd: Alex Avila singles in J.D. Martinez.
3rd: Cabrera hits 445-foot solo homer.
4th: Nick Castellanos triples, Avila doubles him in, Eugenio Suarez follows with RBI single.
5th: Victor Martinez three-run home run
6th: Suarez hits first of three consecutive one-out singles, scores on Ian Kinsler infield single.
7th: J.D. Martinez solo homer
8th: Davis singles in Avila.
All nine Tigers starters registered a base hit, and seven of them drove in a run. Torii Hunter and Castellanos were the only starters without an RBI, and Hunter was the only one who didn't cross home plate.