Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/7/13
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 that two Tigers have five hits in the same game. The last such instance came on July 30 1917 in a 16-4 win over Washington. Three Tigers had five hits in that game: Ossie Vitt Bobby Veach and as you might have guessed Ty Cobb. Infante’s fifth hit gave him his sixth RBI another career high. According to ESPN Stats and Information it was the 44th time in major-league history that a player was perfect from the plate with at least five hits and six RBIs. Infante was the first second baseman to do it since Gehringer on Aug. 14 1937 against the St. Louis Browns. Gehringer had the same line that day as Infante on Friday night: 5-for-5 with six RBIs. While Gehringerhad two homers Infante had four singles and a three-run double that was so close to being his first career grand slam that the umpires had to look at the replay to be sure. The Tigers did this in their first game after losing 20-4 in Boston. According to the Elias Sports Bureau the Tigers are the first team in more than 90 years to lose a game by at least 14 runs and win the next game by at least 14 runs. The last such squad was the 1922 St. Louis Browns who lost 17-2 and then prevailed 15-1. Both games were against Cleveland. The Tigers gave up a franchise-record eight homers in Wednesday’s loss. They didn’t hit any homers Friday night. But the 26 hits were their second most since Gehringer’s day. They had 27 in 2004 to match a long-standing franchise record.
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