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Both clubs endured a nearly two-hour long rain delay prior to kicking off the middle game of a three-game set at Comerica Park. Another low scoring pitchers’ duel ensued, with the Indians tying the game twice during regulation before Detroit walked off with a victory in the third inning of bonus baseball.
A three-run home run from Jason Kipnis with two outs in the top of the ninth gave the Cleveland Indians a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers in their first of three games this weekend at Comerica Park.
Neither Trevor Bauer nor Michael Fulmer deserved to take a loss in a well-pitched game between the two right-handers, and neither would take a defeat on their own stat sheets in a pair of deep starts. Fulmer’s Tigers, however, would go home the losers on Friday, as closer Shane Greene could not keep the Cleveland offense in check in the ninth, as he allowed two big base runners before Kipnis put the game away with a monstrous clout to one of the deepest parts of the expansive yard in Motown.
The last time the Cleveland Indians showed up in Detroit, things did not go so well against the Tigers. This time, they will hope to ride a wave of better play during the week as they kick off a three-game series from Comerica Park on Friday night.
The Indians (32-28) made up for a rough prior weekend against the Minnesota Twins with a pair of wins over the National League’s best, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a short homestand during the week sandwiched between off days on Monday and Thursday. The Indians had gotten June off to a bad start, losing the final three games of their series on the road with the Twins, but found a way to make six total runs stand up against the Brewers in a pair of well-pitched games from the Tribe pitching staff as a whole. Cleveland is 5-2 on the year against the Tigers, but just 1-2 in Detroit after a tough 6-3 loss and six answered runs in the middle game of a three-gamer during the mid-May set.
The Midwest League, home of the Lake County Captains, has announced its rosters for the 2018 Midwest League All-Star Game from Lansing, Michigan. Three members of the Lake County Captains have been selected to take part in the annual exhibition on June 19.
Pitchers Tommy DeJuneas and Kyle Nelson and outfielder Will Benson will represent the Captains in the 54th MWL All-Star Classic, set to take place at the home of the Lugnuts, Cooley Law School Stadium. Players selected were nominated and selected by the managers of the league.
A big outing from Lake County’s Zack Draper in his season debut earned him his first career Pitcher of the Week award from the home of the Captains, the Midwest League.
After spending extended time in Goodyear, Arizona, at the start of the regular season to work on some mechanics and his breaking ball, Draper got the call to the Captains on Tuesday and was thrust into action on short notice last Wednesday for a road start at Cooley Law School Stadium against the Lansing Lugnuts.
Carlos Carrasco set down ten men on strikes in seven innings of one-run baseball and the Cleveland Indians completed the two-game sweep of the National League’s top team, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a 3-1 final on Wednesday afternoon.
It was an encouraging afternoon for the Indians overall, as they performed well against the senior circuit’s best squad in the standings and got big efforts from Carrasco and the bullpen to make up for a fairly quiet day at the plate for the club. Carrasco improved to 7-4 on the year with a needed bounce-back start on the heels of a couple of rough outings against the Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins during his last two appearances on the mound. He gave the Indians seven quality innings, scattering eight hits and a walk while striking out ten. He was able to do something that he had not in his last few outings – keep the ball down – and not surprisingly, it resulted in a solid win for the 31-year-old right-hander and his ball club.
Corey Kluber scattered a run and seven hits over seven innings of work and got big contributions from Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez in an Indians’ 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers from downtown Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Making his second start of the season against the Brewers after taking a tough loss in Milwaukee during an earlier series in May, Kluber kept the ball in the yard and limited the damage that his opposition could do against him, despite giving up seven hits on the night.