History was made today. That is really all that needs to be said.
Mike Clevinger (5.2 INN/6 H/3 R (1 ER)/6 SO/2 BB) was solid as usual. Jay Bruce hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the first to reestablish momentum for the Tribe after the Tigers took a quick 1-0 lead. The Tribe continued to chip away at Tigers’ starter Buck Farmer (4 INN/7 H/5 ER/7 SO/3 BB), and it just felt inevitable.
The game wasn’t without controversy, either. As the Tigers are wont to do, they found something to complain about. In the bottom of the third inning, Tiger catcher James McCann took umbrage with plate umpire Quinn Wolcott’s strike zone, earning him the rest of this day off. Manager Brad Ausmus felt that it was a swell idea and also earned himself a heave-ho.
Here’s were the iffy stuff factored in. John Hicks took over for the departed McCann and not-so-subtly allowed a Buck Farmer fastball nail Wolcott in the shoulder.
Wolcott did not find the humor in the situation. He clearly knew it was intentional. The Motor City Crybabies, everybody!
— g-money (@rsportgod) September 13, 2017
Anyhoo, the Indians won. The Magic Number onion has another layer peeled all the way down to four. The Twins play the Padres tonight, but judging by what happened last night, the Padres don’t appear to care about helping out. Go fudge yourself, San Diego.
So yeah, pretty cool.
W: Mike Clevinger (10-5); L: Buck Farmer (4-3); S: Cody Allen (27)