“If you don’t get it done head to head, you’d better pull out the rosary beads. Because you’re going to need a whole lot of help.” – Tom Hamilton
Despite their pitiful showing against the Tigers last week in Cleveland, the Indians managed to take five of six from the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins. This kept them right in the mix for the AL Central and the AL Wild Card, although it would have just been easier to beat Detroit.
They have a chance for some redemption during this weekend’s series against the Tigers, but they did not get off to a good start tonight in Motown. It was basically a not-quite-as-bad repeat of the last time they faced David Price on Labor Day. For the most part it was same old, same old. The Indians actually managed nine hits, but could only muster two runs (only one of which was off of Price). At the plate they were once again burned by the two Martinezes (big surprise). Carrasco kept the game close (despite getting nailed by a comebacker) but CC Lee really let the game get out of hand in the seventh inning as Detroit scored four. Not that it necessarily mattered; even If they limited the Tigers to three runs, they still lose the game.
I wish I really had more to say about this game, but I don’t. I feel like I could take any of a number of past Indians-Tigers recaps, cut and paste it here, and it would suffice. Burned by people with the surname Martinez, while scoring very few runs. It’s a pretty familiar tale by now.
The highlight of my night was when the Detroit fans started doing the wave, and Tom Hamilton suggested that they all be charged with a felony. Mansfield Prison could be reopened to house wave offenders, and he made at least 2-3 Shawshank Redemption references. I don’t have much positive to take away from this game (other than Ryan Raburn’s revenge-like good performance) so I will smile at the thought of Tom Hamilton making citizens arrests of wave participants.