Gomes’ Two-Run Triple Makes Difference in Win; Indians 3, Tigers 2
Vince Guerrieri | On 16, Apr 2014
The Indians couldn’t muster a whole lot of offense Wednesday night against the Tigers, but what they had was enough.
Yan Gomes’ two-run triple off Anibal Sanchez in the top of the second inning made the difference in a 3-2 Indians win on a chilly night at Comerica Park. The win brings the Indians back to .500 at 7-7.
Anibal Sanchez, last year’s ERA champion, got into trouble early on, walking the bases loaded to start the game. But a double play grounder by Jason Kipnis plated Michael Bourn, and Sanchez was able to escape the inning with no further damage. Bourn, making his debut after beginning the season on the disabled list, went 0-for-3 with a run scored. To make room for Bourn on the roster, Nyjer Morgan was sent down to Triple-A Columbus.
Ian Kinsler, whom the Tigers acquired in an offseason trade for Prince Fielder, doubled to lead off the bottom of the first, and two batters later, Miguel Cabrera brought him home with a groundout to shortstop. It was the only run given up by starter Zach McAllister, who scattered four hits in six innings of working, striking out four and walking two.
He turned the game over to the bullpen, and Bryan Shaw set the Tigers down in order in the bottom of the seventh. Shaw gave way to Cody Allen in the eight, and the Indians found themselves in a jam with no outs and runners at first and second.
Rajai Davis had reached when his fly ball bounced off Kipnis’ glove for an error, and Kinsler reached on a bunt. Torii Hunter grounded into a double play to Swisher, who stepped on first for the first out and he and Asdrubal Cabrera caught Kinsler in a rundown for the second out. But Davis moved to third, and scored on a single to left field.
John Axford made his first appearance since giving up a home run to Alexei Ramirez and blowing a save Sunday, got the save. With one out, Alex Avila doubled to center, and an error by Bourn put him, the tying run, on third. But Axford fanned pinch hitter Don Kelly, and Davis grounded to short to end the game.
Tuesday’s game was postponed due to cold weather – the third week in a row the Indians have had a game postponed. But while the previous two weeks saw the Indians play a doubleheader, the game postponed between the Tribe and the Motor City Kitties will be made up at a later date. Danny Salazar is scheduled to take the hill for the Indians during a getaway day matinee Thursday, facing off against Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
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