The Tigers' starting pitching has dominated Red Sox hitting so far in the ALCS. Justin Verlander picked up Tuesday right where Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer left off this weekend, as he no-hit the Red Sox through 4⅔ innings. Then Jonny Gomes stepped to the plate.
With two out and nobody on, Gomes bounced a weak grounder up the middle to the shortstop side of second base. Jhonny Peralta ranged back and made the play and threw to first, but Prince Fielder was unable to make the scoop.
One could argue that Peralta deserved an error for his throw, or perhaps Fielder for his failure to make the catch. But the scorer gave Gomes the infield single and Verlander's bid for his third-career no-hitter was over. Many remarked that perhaps the more sprightly Jose Iglesias would have made the play, but he is sitting the bench in deference to Peralta's bat. Verlander didn't seem worried though, as he dispatched Stephen Drew by inducing a weak ground ball to second base to end the inning.
Despite Gomes' hit, the game is still scoreless.