Saturday, the Indians and Tigers played two baseball games, making up a postponement from April. Friday night’s game was also postponed, but that one will be made up in September. The rain out on Friday night might have been a blessing in disguise, as it let the Indians have a rested bullpen, and avoided a scary-sounding “bullpen day” in the nightcap. Of course, this also means I had to sit through Josh Tomlin. Is he generally better than a Ryan Merritt-led “bullpen start”? I don’t know. Maybe. Probably.
The Indians dropped game one, but you can’t put the blame squarely on Tomlin. I mean, he was bad, but he wasn’t the one-man nuclear apocalypse that he has the potential to do. He did not go five innings (again), walked two batters (unusual for him), allowed eight hits, including four extra base hits, including back to back home runs by J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera (typical Tomlin). He departed with the Indians trailing by three runs.
The Indians did come back, however, on a game-tying home run by Carlos Santana in the top of the 7th. Unfortunately, the comeback was for naught because Bryan Shaw allowed five base runners (two walks included) and three runs in 2/3 of an inning. The Indians could not muster another comeback and the game was lost.
The nightcap was much more pleasant on the psyche and the eyes. Carlos Carrasco (insert heart-eye emoji here) sliced and diced the Tigers up over 7.0 strong innings. Carrasco allowed one run, struck out seven, walked one, and only allowed four hits. He was in complete control. The offense put up 4 runs, all in the 6th inning, punctuated by Jose Ramirez’s 13th home run of the season, a satisfying 2-run shot to close the scoring.
Cody Allen came in and worked a clean 8th inning (with a walk), and Andrew Miller finished the job in the 9th, notching his second save of the year and salvaging a split in the double header.
Sunday, the Indians will attempt to win the series as Mike Clevinger goes up against Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. Verlander is not the best pitcher in the American League anymore, and the Indians have hit him well lately, but we know all too well what he is capable of.
First pitch is at 1pm.