Roster Update: Zach McAllister's injury has been deemed serious enough for the disabled list and Carlos Carrasco has been brought back in his place. Carrasco has an 8 game suspension to serve, but will appeal it to start this game. After his start he will serve his suspension and McAllister should only have to miss one or two more starts. His injury has been described as a finger strain.
Player of the Game
Ryan Raburn struck out in the ninth inning with the tying run on first, but without his efforts earlier in the game, the game wouldn't even have been that close. His two run home run in the seventh inning was the only thing that kept this game within reach.
Matt Langwell has quickly become an important part of the Indians bullpen, pitching five innings in five appearances over the Indians last six games. Langwell has been a long reliever and spot starter so the work load shouldn't effect him. He has seemed to have settled down and hasn't given up a run (inherited or his own) since his first appearance. In today's game he came in with a runner on second and finished the inning without any issue. He then pitched another perfect inning, striking out three Tigers along the way.
The unexpected return of Carlos Carrasco was less impressive than the Indians would have liked. Carrasco was unable to get out of the fifth inning after allowing ten hits and six runs in the four innings he did pitch. The biggest hurt came when Carrasco allowed a bases loaded double to Prince Fielder in the second inning, but he was getting himself into difficult situations all game.
Mark Reynolds magic appears to be gone as he hasn't had an RBI hit with runners in scoring position since May 23rd. During this span of 14 games, he has knocked in just one run on a solo home run. This comes after leading the Majors in HR and ranking in the top five in RBI for much of the first two months. Today, he came up twice with a runner in scoring position and each time struck out. While, like Carlos Santana before him, no one expected Reynolds to continue his torrid hitting all year, it is strange to see him fall too far. In the past two weeks he is batting just .179 and is batting under .200 over the past month.
This loss was the sixth in a row for the Indians overall and their eleventh straight road loss.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Detroit Tigers 6