Detroit Tigers sweep Boston Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball


May 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter (48) celebrates his home run against the Boston Red Sox with designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Though nothing in the regular season can totally erase the sting of losing a playoff series, this weekend the Detroit Tigers did all they could to enact a little bit of a revenge when they swept the Boston Red Sox, the victors a year ago, in their own place.

In a rare appearance on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, a national television audience got to see the juggernaut that has become the 2014 Detroit Tigers. This was such a dominating series that the Tigers outscored the Red Sox 13-3, and allowed Boston just 16 hits. To put that into perspective, the Tigers notched 15 hits in Sunday night’s game alone.

The Tigers pushed the Red Sox to their fourth straight loss with the 6-2 victory.

To say the Tigers are on a roll is to speak in gross understatements.

Consider these numbers:

  • The Tigers have gone 21-7 in their last 28 games
  • This was Detroit’s 11th straight road victory
  • In one of their more challenging road trips of the year, the Tigers have started 6-0
  • The series victory at Fenway Park was the Tigers’ first since 2006 and the sweep was their first since 1983

May 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Anibal Sanchez, getting his first start since a stint on the disabled list, notched his first win of the season, going five strong innings, allowing two runs and five hits. Sanchez was slated to throw about 80 pitches, and that took him through the fifth inning. The fifth was the Boston’s best chance to score some runs, loading the bases, but they could score just once in that inning.

Boston did open the scoring, however. Pushing across a run with a bloop base hit in the second inning. Miguel Cabrera returned the favor in the third, brining home Ian Kinsler for the tying run and former Red Sox Victor Martinez launched a two-run shot to give the Tigers the lead they would not relinquish. They added single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh inning, including a moon shot for Torii Hunter, which sailed over the Green Monster and into a parking lot.

The Tigers’ bullpen was flawless. Robbie Ray, Evan Reed, Al Alburquerque, Ian Krol, and Joba Chamberlain all took turns on the mound and only Ray surrendered a hit–none of them allowed a walk. The Tigers bullpen ALLOWED ZERO RUNS IN THE BOSTON SERIES!

As is usually the case when playing on Sunday Night Baseball, the Tigers will have a quick turnaround and will get into Cleveland early Monday morning and face the Indians for the first of three games beginning Monday at 7.