After Game 1 of the ALCS against the Red Sox, the Tigers became the first team in postseason history to hold their opponents hitless through five innings in consecutive games. And then they went out and did so in Game 2 with Max Scherzer.
Tuesday in Detroit for Game 3 was a similar beginning, though Justin Verlander didn't quite make it through five.
Instead, Verlander worked 4 2/3 innings before allowing a hit. The hit to break up the no-no was a grounder up the middle by Jonny Gomes that was fielded by shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Peralta's throw to first base bounced and Prince Fielder was unable to haul it in.
Thus, the Tigers starting pitchers were mere inches away from doing something four straight times that no other team has ever done as much as twice in a row.