Player of the Game
Carlos Santana earns tonight’s honors as he was one of three Indians hitters that had three hits on the night, one of them being a homerun which cut the Tigers lead to just one run. He hit several balls hard tonight including a few he hit down the rightfield line which were foul. Santana, in his last 18 games is hitting .333/.487/.650 with nine extra-base hits, 15 runs batted in and 18 walks/hit by pitches. He has arrived.
Corey Kluber had a solid night on the mound: 7 innings pitched striking out six, walking one while only giving up two earned runs. He gave the Indians a chance to win which is all you can ask for in a starting pitcher.
Kluber escaped a jam in the top of the third that was aided by a caught stealing. After the Tigers Don Kelly led off the inning with a double to right field, he attempted to steal third base with one out. Catcher Yan Gomes would deny Kelly that honor by throwing a laser strike to Lonnie Chisenhall who applied the tag to retire Kelly. This proved to be a huge out, as Eugenio Suarez singled to center on the next pitch; in all likelyhood scoring Kelly from second. It was the first of two caught stealing attempts from Gomes on the evening.
The bats woke up in the bottom of the eighth when both Asdrubal Cabrera and Santana left the yard to pull the Indians to within one run at the time. Cabrera’s was a three run blast which sparked both the rest of the offense and the crowed to finally wake up and get loud. Until this point, the Indians had not scored a single run. Tigers lefty Ian Krol relieved Al Alburguerque to begin the inning and quickly exited after giving up the bomb to Santana.
Michael Brantley singled to center in his first at bat since suffering a concussion last week. Who needs a 7-day DL? With that hit, he extends his hitting streak to nine games.
There were over 33,000 people at Progressive Field tonight. The fans do come out during the summer months!
The Indians failed to capitalize on several scoring chances against Rick Porcello. In the bottom of the third, the Tribe had back-to-back singles from both Gomes and Mike Aviles with only one out but failed to score any of them. In the sixth, they had three singles in the inning but could not turn any of them into runs. Michael Bourn led off with a single to center but Asdrubal Cabrera promptly hit into a double play. The bats were not done, however. After the double play, Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana both hit back-to-back singles but Lonnie Chisenhall swung at the very first pitch he saw and popped out to center to end the threat.
Victor Martinez continues to destroy Indians pitching since he was traded away in 2009. In the top of the fourth, Kluber attempted to fool Martinez by sneaking a first pitch sinker with a runner on base. He hit a line-drive over the right field wall which gave the Tigers the early 2-0 lead.
John Axford continues to struggle in high leverage situations as he gave up a three run homerun in the bottom of the eighth to J.D. Martinez to right field. That was essentially the “nail in the coffin” in which would make an Indians comeback almost naught.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 4 – Detroit Tigers 6
On Deck: Omar Vizquel will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame before tomorrow evenings game. Tune into Sports Time Ohio at 6pm for exclusive coverage. The game will feature an exciting pitching match-up: Justin Verlander vs. Trevor Bauer. First pitch will be at 7:15 on FOX.