The ship is sinking.
The Indians sit now 5.5 games back of Detroit as the Tigers finished the sweep that sends the Indians spiraling down with their seventh straight loss.
There’s really not much to say about this game that is much different than any of the others of late. Justin Masterson pitched well enough to win (7 INN/6 H/4 R/4 SO/3 BB), but Don Kelly (!!!!!!) supplied the big blow as he golfed a down-and-in sinker just over the wall in right field for the game-winner.
Kelly, by the way, is batting .198 on the year. You can live with Cabrera or Fielder beating you. Kelly just feels like cruel and unusual punishment.
One of the things that vexed the Indians even when things were going well was facing the unknown starter, and that held true again today. Using mostly his off-speed and breaking pitches, Jose Alvarez (6 INN/3 H/1 ER/7 SO/1 BB) made his Major League debut by eating an already-struggling team alive. Whereas we saw Carlos Carrasco pitch scared yesterday, Alvarez rewarded the Tigers faith in him by attacking the Indians hitters like a grizzled and crafty left-handed veteran. Taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning, it was then when former Tiger Ryan Raburn would supply the Tribe’s only run, his seventh of the season.
But hey, Nick Swisher got a base hit.
Anybody looking forward to Texas?
W: Jose Alvarez (1-0); L: Justin Masterson (8-5); S: Joaquin Benoit (3)
Player of the Game: Jose Alverez