8/31 Recap: Indians 5 – Tigers 10

Roster & September Call-Up Update: Today, the Indians added former Diamondbacks and Twins outfielder Jason Kubel to the 25 man roster, designating Carlos Carrasco back to AAA Columbus. They also announced their initial September call-ups that will be joining the team in the next few days as well. On September first relief pitchers Preston Guilmet, Nick Hagadone and Blake Wood will be activated. All three have been in the Indians system all year and Guilmet and Hagadone have played in Cleveland. Joining them will be Jose Ramirez (a middle infielder from Akron) and Kelly Shoppach. Ramirez is a big surprise, surpassing Juan Diaz and the rest of the AAA infielders as the only position player being brought up. Shoppach was signed just yesterday and will fill the Indians desperate need of third string catcher.

Clay Rapada, Vinnie Pestano, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Tomlin and C.C. Lee are all expected to be added as well once the Clippers season is finished.

Player of the Game

With not much good happening in this game, Carlos Santana and his inside-the-park home run take home Player of the Game honors. Overall, Santana went 2-4 with 3 RBI for a POG score of 5.88.

Feathers Up

Scott Kazmir was able to settle down a little after a rough second inning when he gave up all four of the Tigers runs he allowed. By the time he left the game after the fifth, the Indians had brought the game to within two runs and he did his job in making this a winnable game.

Carlos Santana hit a surprise inside-the-park home run tonight when Austin Jackson misplayed and hurt himself when attempting the catch at the wall. The home run was his team leading 17th and it scored Jason Kipnis from second to bring the Indians within one run in the 8th inning.

Scoreboard Watch: The Yankees beat the Orioles tonight, tightening up and already heated Wild Card race. The leaders in that race, Oakland and Tampa Bay, played late, but are in a virtual tie for first and second, so the winner is fairly irrelevant at this point.

Feathers Down

This is becoming a theme of the post game report when Kazmir starts, but yet again he showed signs of overuse. He had trouble finding the strike zone today and when he did, he found far too much, like when Omar Infante hit a three run home run past the old fence at Comerica. Kazmir has now thrown 130 innings this year, more than he has pitched in the past two years combined. Even when he was strong, Kazmir generally only threw about 150 innings per season and he is obviously past his limit for 2013. Hopefully, Terry Francona will admit this and remove him from the rotation for the rest of the year.

Miguel Cabrera being held out of the lineup was a huge bonus for the Tribe prior to the game even started, but the Tigers got all the power they needed from light hitting short stop Omar Infante. Infante hit his eighth and ninth home runs of the season, knocking in five runs and generally leading the Tigers to victory.

Bryan Shaw provided no relief tonight, coming into the sixth inning for Kazmir. Shaw allowed the second home run from Infante along with two walks and a hit batter, giving up a four run lead to Detroit after the Indians had worked all game just to get it to within two. The eighth inning was even worse as Matt Albers, Cody Allen and Marc Rzepczynski combined to blow the game for good, giving up another four runs.

With the loss, any hopes the Indians had for winning the Central Division this season have been shattered and now 100% focus must be placed on one of the two Wild Card spots in an effort to salvage a season that is very quickly disintegrating.

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 5 – Detroit Tigers 10

Joseph Coblitz

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Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB