Right now, the Indians are a runaway train and the Tigers have been tied to the tracks.
Carlos Carrasco (9 INN/4 H/7 SO/1 BB) went the distance and the Tribe hit four homers, including Francisco Lindor’s first two-homer game of his career. Carlos Santana lead the game off with a homer, and if you’re the Tigers, you probably had that sinking feeling that has become all too familiar against the Indians. The hopeless feeling of being a bug versus a windshield used to be us when we faced these Tigers. But that script has seemingly been flipped, and now the Tigers are declawed housecats.
Anibal Sanchez’ (5 INN/5 H/4 ER/3 SO/2 BB) return to the Tigers’ rotation did little to soothe the nerves of Brad Ausmus as he was jumped on early 2-0 by Santana and Lindor. With the confidence and momentum the Indians have been playing with lately, you could sense that the game might have been over almost as soon as it began. The Indians were playing completely stress-free baseball today and with Carrasco looking every bit of the weapon he has become, it seemed like a foregone conclusion.
Which it was. The Tribe will look to make it nine straight against the Tigers, and nine straight overall tomorrow as Josh Tomlin and Justin Verlander.
But perhaps the Tribe had a little incentive to keep on truckin’. This was a quote from Thursday night:
Tigers reliever Kyle Ryan on facing CLE, who has won all 6 games vs. DET this season: "We're hot right now, and we're going to stay hot."
— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) June 23, 2016
I ain’t sayin’, I’m just sayin’.
W: Carlos Carrasco (3-2); L: Anibal Sanchez (4-8)
Fellow IPLer Vern Morrison was at the game today in Motown and he took a bunch of pictures on an absolutely gorgeous day. Enjoy!