Two and a half games behind Detroit and coming off a shutout in last night’s series opener, the Cleveland Indians attempted to regain their winning ways and defeat Detroit in game two of the four game series. However, the Indians could not gain momentum after a hot start from Detroit and lost with a final score of 9-4 Tigers.
The game paired Carlos Carrasco again Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez was named the winning pitching and is now 7-5 with a 2.70 ERA. Carrasco, the losing pitcher, is now 0-4 with a 9.10 ERA. Newly-named All-Star Jason Kipnis‘ 16-game hitting streak was also broken as he went 0-4 on the night.
The first two innings went quietly for both teams. Torii Hunter managed to triple on a line drive to Drew Stubbs in the top of the first, but Carrasco was able to avoid any early damage following a line out by Miguel Cabrera and ground out by Prince Fielder. Sanchez struck out Asdrubal Cabrera and Kipnis in the bottom of the first, with a lead off fly ball hit by Michael Bourn to Hunter prevented to Indians from getting on the board.
Carrasco threw his second strike out of the game in the top of the second, striking out Alex Avila to end an inning which had Johnny Peralta on base for the Tigers with a single. Nick Swisher was hit by a pitch from Sanchez to start the bottom of the second for the Tribe and made it to second base on a ground out hit by Michael Brantley. Carlos Santana struck out swinging, and another ground out, this time hit by Jason Giambi, prevented Swisher from getting any farther than second base.
The Tigers found their mark in the third inning, beginning with a double by Austin Jackson. M. Cabrera smacked his 27th home run of the season to bring the score to 2-0 Detroit. Prince Fielder then came to plate and delivered his 15th home run to add another run to Detroit’s score. With the score now 3-0, Victor Martinez hit a line drive double to Drew Stubbs, and a subsequent single from Peralta to Mourn scored Martinez. Peralta, finding himself in a rundown between first and second, was thrown out at second on a throw that went from Bourn to Swisher to Kipnis to A. Cabrera.
The Indians responded in the bottom of the third, with back-to-back singles to start of the inning hit by Lonnie Chisenhall and Stubbs. Not he single by Stubbs, Chisenhall rounded second and made it safely to third, which allowed him to score on a single hit by Bourn. With A. Cabrera at the plate, Stubbs stole 3rd base, again putting runners at the corners. A. Cabrera hit a fly ball out to Hunter, leaving Stubbs and Bourn at third and first, respectively, and bringing Kipnis to the plate. Kipnis, on a 16 game hitting streak, attempted to maintain his streak and although he grounded out to first, managed to advance Bourn to second. Swisher struck out to end the inning, leaving the Indians trailing by a score of 4-1.
Not wanting the Tribe to get too comfortable, Detroit scored three more runs in the top of the fourth. Andy Dirks and Avila lead off with singles, and a sacrifice bunt by Ramon Santiago, coupled with a throwing error by Carrasco, scored Dirks and sent Avila to third. Santiago made it to second following what should have been an easy out. Austin Jackson delivered a sac fly to Stubbs, scoring Avila and sending Santiago to third, who then scored on a double from Hunter. In an effort to prevent more runs from getting on the board, Carrasco intentionally walked M. Cabrera and following that decision was replaced by Rich Hill. Hill worked out of the inning by striking out Fielder and Martinez, but the Tribe still entered the bottom of the fourth trailing now 7-1.
After a scoreless bottom of the fourth, Matt Albers replaced Hill on the mound, where he struck out Peralta. Dirks and Avila both flew out to end the top of the inning. Chisenhall started the fifth for the Tribe with a walk, but his appearance on base could not score any runs, as Stubbs followed by hitting into an unassisted double play to Fielder. Bourn then grounded out to end the inning with the Indians still trailing by six.
A single by Jackson and a home run from Hunter in the top of the sixth increased the Tigers’ lead to 9-1. The bottom of the sixth brought Phil Coke to the mound for Tigers to replace Sanchez. Swisher homered to left field to add another run to the Indians score, making it 9-2.
The seventh inning contained a number of substitutions on the field for the Indians, with Ryan Raburn replacing Bourn and playing right field, Mike Aviles replacing A. Cabrera at short, and Stubbs shifting to center. Bryan Shaw replaced Albers as the pitcher. Shaw walked Martinez to start the inning and issued another walk when Avila was at the plate. He managed to strike out Peralta and the side was retired following a ground out by Santiago, without any more runs being scored by the Tigers.
Santana managed to reach base in the bottom of the sixth following a fielding error by M. Cabrera, although Giambi followed by hitting into double play. A double from Chisenhall prompted a pitching change, with Luke Putkonen replacing Coke. Stubbs walked, putting runners on first and second with two outs and Raburn making his first appearance at the plate. A wild pitch advanced Chisenhall and Stubbs, and a walk drawn by Raburn loaded the bases, but to no avail – Aviles grounded out to Fielder to end the inning.
Vinnie Pestano replaced Shaw in the eighth, and walked Jackson. However, he was able to get out of the inning with no added runs for the Tigers. Drew Smyly replaced Putkonen in the bottom of the eighth, striking out Kipnis. Swisher singled, but outs from Brantley and Santana ended the inning and brought the team into the ninth with the score 9-2.
Chris Perez entered the ninth inning for the Indians, allowing a single from Dirks and walking Avila with two outs in the inning. A ground out from Santiago ended the inning.
Darin Downs closed the game for Detroit, and with two outs, Stubbs hit a single that eventually sent him to third on a wild pitch. A home run from Raburn brought the score to 9-4 Detroit. The game ended with a line out hit by Aviles.
The Indians will look to break their losing streak tomorrow when they take on Detroit at 1:05. The game will put Detroit’s RHP Doug Fister (6-5, 3.80) against Cleveland’s RHP Corey Kluber (6-5, 4.33).
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