After outscoring the Motown Kitties 15-to-5 during the first two games – one of which was witnessed in Comerica Park by yours truly – the Indians continued to stifle the division leading Tigers, winning tonight on a bases clearing, three-run double to deep center in the top of the ninth.
Right-hander Zach McAllister cruised through five innings before being removed after 97 pitches for former closer John Axford with one out in the sixth inning. Axford uncorked a wild pitch which pushed Miguel Cabrera to third before fanning J.D. Martinez and Torii Hunter in succession.
The rest of the Tribe’s bullpen – Scott Atchison, Carlos Carrasco, who’s allowed just 6 ER in 34.1 innings since being pushed to the bullpen, and Cody Allen – limited the Tigers to one run, which came after Jason Kipnis double-clutched on a potential double play.
As for the Tribe’s offense, the big stars were Carlos Santana for his ninth inning heroics and the recently acquired Chris Dickerson, who went 2-for-3 with two homeruns and is batting .435/.480/.739 since coming to Cleveland.
As for my trip to Detroit, it was a fantastic experience. The ballpark was absolutely beautiful – great views, good food, and solid beer selection. But there’s one thing that stuck out: prices. Comerica is easily one of the most expensive parks I’ve been to. A small beer was $9, a collectable shot glass purchased by my girlfriend ran $10, and New Era hats cost a whopping $48.
Outside of the massive price hikes – after all, how else are they going to be able to pay for Miguel Cabrera’s massive contract – I highly, highly recommend taking the three-hour hike to Detroit.