The Tigers strike out and win

The Tigers defeated the Mariners last night 2-1 in 14 innings and while that tells a lot how terrific the pitching was, you need more information here.

The two teams combined for 40 strikeouts.

Here are the Tigers pitchers, led by starter Max Scherzer

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO BF Pit Str
Max Scherzer 8 6 1 1 1 12 29 105 75
Octavio Dotel 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 8 3
Phil Coke 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 7
Brayan Villarreal 0.2 0 0 0 2 1 4 21 9
Darin Downs 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3
Al Alburquerque 2 1 0 0 0 3 7 25 16
Drew Smyly, W (1-0) 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 27 18
Joaquin Benoit, S (1) 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 13 10
Team Totals 14 11 1 1 4 19 53 211 141
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Here are the Mariners pitchers, led by starter Felix Hernandez

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO BF Pit Str
Felix Hernandez 8 4 1 0 0 12 29 106 76
Tom Wilhelmsen 2 1 0 0 0 3 7 20 16
Carter Capps 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 3 9 7
Oliver Perez 1.1 0 0 0 2 2 6 28 12
Charlie Furbush, L (0-1) 1 1 1 1 2 3 6 32 17
Blake Beavan 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 7
Team Totals 14 7 2 1 4 21 55 204 135
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There has been one other game in baseball history in which the pitchers combined for 40 strikeouts. On June 19, 2001, the Padres defeated the Giants, 4-3, in 15 innings in which both teams recorded 20 strikeouts.

The Giants pitching, led by starter Russ Ortiz

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO BF Pit Str
Russ Ortiz 6 3 0 0 5 6 25 113 64
Tim Worrell, H (6) 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 9 6
Aaron Fultz, H (3) 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 15 10
Robb Nen, BS (4) 1 3 3 3 1 1 7 23 14
Felix Rodriguez 2 0 0 0 0 4 6 27 18
Alan Embree 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 13 10
Ryan Vogelsong, L (0-2) 2.2 2 1 0 2 3 14 58 35
Team Totals 14.2 10 4 3 8 20 62 258 157
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The Padres pitching, led by starter Adam Eaton

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO BF Pit Str
Adam Eaton 7 6 2 2 4 10 31 119 73
Jose Nunez 0.2 3 1 1 0 1 4 12 7
David Lee 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 5 18 9
Trevor Hoffman 2 0 0 0 1 2 7 27 16
Tom Davey 2 0 0 0 2 2 8 29 16
Brian Lawrence 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 11 6
Jay Witasick, W (4-2) 2 1 0 0 1 4 7 26 16
Team Totals 15 12 3 3 9 20 64 242 143
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The delicious postscript here is not the walkoff throw-out at the plate, but the fact that on Tuesday night the Tigers struck out 16 times and also won.

2013 teams who struck out 16 times in a game and won

Rk Tm # SO
1 DET 2 Ind. Games 37
2 ATL 2 Ind. Games 32
3 OAK 1 Ind. Games 17
4 LAA 1 Ind. Games 17
5 BOS 1 Ind. Games 16
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The walkoff play at the plate that ended last night’s game