For the first time since Tigers’ Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer did so in 1937 a major-league second baseman had at least five hits and drove in at least six runs in a game where he didn’t make an out.
For the first time since 1917 two Tigers had five hits in the same game.
And for only the second time since 1936 the Tigers had at least 26 hits in a game.
Unlike Wednesday night at Fenway Park the Tigers on Friday night were on the right side of history’s adding machine.
They beat the Royals 16-2 on Friday night as Anibal Sanchez did exactly what he’d done his previous two career starts at Kauffman Stadium: He allowed one run.
In each of the first two starts he lost 1-0.
This one was a bit different. The Tigers scored 10 runs by the fourth inning off ace James Shields.
Then Omar Infante and Andy Dirks kept hitting.
They each finished 5-for-5. It was a career high in hits for each.
According to research done through Baseball-Reference.com it was the first time in 96 years th...