The Tigers rested Miguel Cabrera and skipped Justin Verlander. And the Indians took advantage.
Carlos Carrasco (8 INN/5 H/2 ER/7 SO/1 BB) sparkled, despite giving up a two-run shot to JD Martinez and Francisco Lindor clubbed his first homer en route to a much-needed win against the Tigers. Yeah, Cabrera got the day off, but it’s doubtful that you’ll hear anybody complain about the Tigers essentially sending out their junior varsity squad after all the ruckus they’ve caused for the Tribe thus far. We’re at the defeated, “take-what-we-can-get” stage when it comes to facing these guys, so let’s be happy.
The Indians strung together five straight hits and three runs in the third (sandwiched around a Lindor Thrown Out On Basepaths Like A Nincompoop; his only gaffe of the day) that ultimately proved to be the deciding stretch against Tiger spot-starter Buck Farmer (5.1 INN/8 H/5 ER/7 SO/2 BB). In pure puzzling Tribe fashion, this outburst came immediately after a five consecutive strikeouts. To say that this team is hard to figure out as we creep up towards the halfway point and All-Star break is an understatement at this point.
But there really wasn’t much to complain about on this sun-splashed day. Jason Kipnis continued going bonkers with two more hits, running his hit-streak to 19 games. He also set a new Jacobs Field/Progressive Field record streak to 28 games, strengthening his quest for the AL batting title. Yet, he still sits more than two million votes behind Omar Infante of Kansas City. Insert eyerolls here.
After another series of gut-punches both given and self-inflicted, it’s nice to just get a win.
W: Carlos Carrasco (9-6); L: Buck Farmer (0-2)