After the two big Tiger trades last night, us Indians fans may have been lulled into thinking that Detroit may suddenly be a pushover. Though the Tribe won 3-2 to kick off the series, these Tigers, wounded as they are, fought the AL Central leaders tooth and nail and it wasn’t until a laser line drive from Miguel Cabrera mercifully found Francisco Lindor’s glove to close the start of this split twin bill.
Carlos Carrasco was his usual steady and excellent self, going seven innings, striking out eight and giving up just one run on six hits. Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (5 INN/5 H/1 ER/5 SO/2 BB), who came into this game with an ERA over 6.00, also did well. He saved the Tigers early by getting out of a bases loaded, jam in the second inning. It was at that moment when that pretty much set the tone for this nip and tuck opener. Three of Boyd’s best starts are against the Indians while he’s essentially blood in the water for any other team. Baseball makes no sense sometimes.
For the first four innings, it felt as if this game would be over in two hours or less. When Giovanny Urshela opened the scorin in the fifth, the Tigers answered right back. Edwin Encarnacion took his parrot out for a jog in the sixth off of Tigers righty, Drew VerHagen. It was Eddie’s 32nd homer of the season, giving the Tribe a 2-1 lead.
Game over, right? Unfortunately, no, because the Tigers blooped duck snorts seemingly all day. Even poor Bryan Shaw, who made waves recently by saying Cleveland fans hate him, made a good pitch that still extended the inning. Of course, that eventually lead to a blown save for Cody Allen that was scored on a worm apocalypse of an infield hit.
But, Jay Bruce came to the rescue. He got most of the day off against the left-handed Boyd, so Tito brought him in as a late-game weapon. All Bruce did was find the triple’s alley, which allowed Mr. Smile to bring him home.
Joe Smith closed it out by facing Miggy. Three pitches. Ballgame. Cya in about two hours.
W: Cody Allen (2-6); L: Seth Greene (3-3); S: Joe Smith (1)