The Tribe bats were silent (again) on Tuesday, but this time through no fault of their own. Justin Verlander was simply dominant, holding the Tribe hitless through 7 1/3.
Verlander joings three former Cy Young winners and a first-ballot Hall of Famer as the only five pitchers in the last 90 seasons to allow two or fewer hits while striking out at least 12 in a shutout against the Indians. And only Verlander and Gaylord Perry did so while walking just one batter.
It was also Verlander’s 5th career 10-strikeout game against the Tribe, tied for the 7th most in the baseball-reference era (since 1919). Roger Clemens leads the way with 11, followed by Pedro Martinez and Camilo Pascual, who later finished his career in Cleveland in 1971, with eight 10-strikeout games.