The Indians lost 7-5 to Detroit today in the dreaded Getaway Matinee and missed an opportunity to sweep the Tigers for 2nd time this season and possibly edge past the White Sox to regain 1st place. However, even with the loss the Tribe is 5-1 against Detroit and maintains the best division record within the Central.
Marvin Lee Aday, better known as 70’s rocker Meatloaf, never made it to the major leagues but he knows a little something about dashboard lights and the mantra of baseball managers. The long season is quilted by small streaks, consistency and success within the Division and teams which win only 55-60% of the time generally reach the playoffs. In short, two out of three ain’t bad.
A sweep looked possible as the Indians started Derek Lowe (7-3, 3.06) in search of a league leading 8th win against a young Detroit southpaw making only his 2nd major league appearance. However, the Tigers roughed up Lowe with 4 runs in the first inning on 5 singles and a wild pitch and scored 3 more runs in the 4th with 2 outs to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
The Indians tried to claw back but wasted too many scoring chances. In the 4th Kipnis walked, was picked off but stole 2B on a poor throw by Fielder and scored on a Lopez double. However, after Brantley reached on an error Duncan grounded into a rally ending DP. Kotchman did the same after a leadoff hit in the 5th.
Cabrera’s 2-run double in the 7th created some late game drama and the Indians later loaded the bases but did not score. In the 8th singles by Brantley and Kotchman put the tying runs on but Marson and Choo ended the inning and Tigers closer Jose Velveeta (it’s the hair thing) set the Indians down in order in the 9th.
The Tribe continued their curious tendency to make young minor league pitchers look dominant (remember Quintana of the White Sox). The Yankees battered Tigers starter Casey Crosby (no relation to David) in his first start (6 runs in 3.1 innings) but today he yielded only 3 runs to the Indians for his first major league win.
On Friday the Indians renew interleague play in St. Louis (first visit since 2006) against old friend Jake Westbrook. Another meatloaf would not be bad.
Choo, Cabrera, Kipnis and Lopez all contributed on offense. Kipnis in particular made 3 different hustle plays, 2 for hits and 1 for a stolen bag. Brantley extended his hit streak to 15 g.
Rookie Scott Barnes pitched two perfect innings in relief.
Duncan killed a rally with a DP after being ahead in the count 3-0 and never got the ball out of the infield for the afternoon.
Santana’s swing continues to look long.