Friday night was a nice mirage, but it’s back to reality on Saturday.
TJ House learned 40 minutes before first pitch on Saturday that he would be starting in place of Trevor Bauer, who had food poisoning.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) April 25, 2015
With Trevor Bauer sitting out with an illness (supposedly food poisoning), T.J. House took the mound and promptly took another beating from the Tigers.
In two starts against Detroit this season, House has allowed nine runs in just 4.1 innings of work (that’s good for an ERA of 18.69).
At the plate, the Tribe was locked down by Alfredo Simon, who improved to 2-0 against the Indians this season.
Offensively, it’s hard not to put the blame at the top of the order.
The one time Bourn or Kipnis reached base, Michael Brantley, who went 4-4, drove Kipnis in with an RBI single. So the potential is there for this team with Brantley and Santana doing damage in the middle, but someone has to get on base first.
Other thoughts and notes…
- Terry Francona continues to pitch around Miguel Cabrera, intentionally walking him three times. It was just the fourth time since the creation of the DH that the Tribe intentionally walked a batter three times in a game and the first since Garret Anderson in 2007.
- Michael Bourn currently has a .310 OBP when batting atop the Indians order, the team’s worst since Rick Manning‘s career mark of .301 as the leadoff man.
- Michael Brantley collected his third career four-hit game against Detroit. He’s the first Indian to reach that mark since Kenny Lofton had four such games in his Tribe career.