It wasn’t quite a near no-hitter, but Max Scherzer became the first pitcher this season to strike out 15 batters Sunday in a victory over the Pirates.
Scherzer allowed two runs in seven innings in the game. Tigers pitchers struck out 17 in all.
This year’s previous high strikeout game belonged to Anibal Sanchez, who fanned 14 Diamondbacks on April 28.
It was the high game for a Tigers pitcher since Mickey Lolich struck out 15 Red Sox on Oct. 2, 1972.
Scherzer joined Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg in striking out a dozen Pirates. Three of this season’s nine 12-strikeout games have come against Pittsburgh.
Scherzer improved to 3-3 with the victory and lowered his ERA to 5.73. He has four games of nine or more strikeouts this year, but he’s also given up at least five runs on three occasions.