Old Mates Issue the Boom in Front of Packed House; Tigers 7, Indians 0
Mike B. | On 05, Jul 2013
Big crowd, big excitement, big letdown.
Baseball isn’t a game to be judged on one game, but instead upon a full season, but with the Indians first non-Opening Day sell out in two years, the Indians picked a bad time to lay an egg. Ace Justin Masterson was battered early and often and Tigers starter Rick Porcello carved up the Indians, allowing just five hits over seven innings en route to a 7-0 Indians loss.
Detroit took control of the game early when they tallied two runs in the top of the second inning. Victor Martinez singled with one out and was retired a hitter later when Jhonny Peralta grounded into a fielder’s choice. With two outs, Don Kelly singled to right, advancing Peralta to second base. After Alex Avila walked to load the bases, Masterson could not avoid the jam when Ramon Santiago singled to center, plating Peralta and Kelly to make the score 2-0.
Detroit tallied another run in the third inning when Andy Dirks doubled to deep right center to leadoff the frame. Miguel Cabrera followed with a single to center to make it 3-0 before a hitter was retired.
Masterson and the Tribe was able to hold the game close for the next few innings, but were unable to mount any kind of rally. Their best rally seemed possible in the bottom of the third inning when Drew Stubbs singled to left field to start the inning, but was doubled up when Michael Bourn lined out to center field. Stubbs thought the hit bounced and was easily doubled up. Asdrubal Cabrera scorched a ball to first base, but the Tribe’s three hard-hit balls had nothing to show for it.
The Tigers blew the game open in the top of the fifth inning when Dirks and Prince Fielder walked and Martinez singled to center field to score one run and Peralta doubled into the right center field gap to plate two more and make the score 6-0. The two former Indians punished the Tribe on the evening for four hits and four RBIs between the two.
That ended Masterson’s (10-7) evening, surviving only four and two-third innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, while walking four and striking out six. He did not have the same command and control as he did when he shut out the Chicago White Sox on June 30. Rich Hill relieved him, working an inning and one-third in relief.
Joe Martinez came on to work the top of the seventh and Dirks again doubled and scampered home on a two-out base hit by Martinez, making the score 7-0.
Porcello (5-6), despite his struggles against other teams, now has three wins against the Indians this season. He allowed just five hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out six, while not allowing a run. Al Albuquerque struck out the side in the eighth inning. Bruce Rondon worked the ninth inning, issuing a walk, base hit and striking out two to end the game.
The only solace for the 40,167 fans in attendance was that Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a base hit in the sixth inning. Detroit’s victory extends their lead in the AL Central Division standings to two and one-half games. Cleveland falls to 2-7 against the Tigers this season.
Tomorrow the Indians will try to even the four game series at its midpoint. Carlos Carrasco (0-3, 8.17) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make the start for Cleveland. The Tigers will send Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 2.76) to the mound, looking to take another game from the Tribe.
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