Roster Update: As the 25 man roster expanded to a maximum of 40 today, the Indians called up Jesus Aguilar, Bryan Price and Austin Adams as well as reinstating Jason Giambi from the 60 Day DL.
Player of the Game
Zach McAllister looked pretty good during his first time through the lineup, despite the way his night ended. He ended up pitching 3.1 innings, striking out four and allowing two runs, but both came home against Nick Hagadone. He loaded the bases in each of his final two innings, but worked out of the first jam thanks to a tremendous slider and by keeping the ball on the ground.
There is never much to be gained from a 12-1 loss, but at least the Indians got to see some of their young players, including Bryan Price, Austin Adams and Jason Giambi and now should know to generally never use them in games they have a chance to win.
While this was far from Corey Kluber’s best day on the field, he was not the only one to blame for the poor start. In each of the Tigers two big innings, things got started off with a poor defensive play by Mike Aviles in right field. Why he was even out there is a mystery considering Tyler Holt’s amazing defense and current hot streak at the plate. In the first, Aviles allowed the first hit to get by him after an ill-fated dive that saw him completely miss the ball. Ian Kinsler was given a triple on the play, then scored on a Miguel Cabrera home run. In the third, Aviles did it again, misplaying a fairly easy fly ball, giving the Tigers an extra out, base runner and ultimately three more runs. While neither play was called an error, both could have been and if they had, four of the five runs would have been unearned.
In addition to the poor defense, Kluber was as bad as he has ever been on his own. His home run allowed to Miguel Cabrera in the first was just the third by a right handed hitter this year against him, but he gave up back-to-back home runs in the third to Victor and J.D. Martinez. It was his first game of the year in which he gave up three home runs and his shortest start of the year as he left with two outs in the third. He ended up allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out just two.
Even with the early deficit, the game should have been well within reach, with the teams just four runs apart after three, but the Indians offense was unable to convert any opportunity. They had a couple great ones including one in the second with runners at second and third after a Lonnie Chisenhall double and one in the fifth when Chisenhall and Michael Bourn started the inning with singles, but neither lead to runs. In addition, the Indians had base runners in every single inning except the eighth, but simply couldn’t get them in the correct order.
Bryan Price got his welcome to the big leagues moment in his Major League debut when Miguel Cabrera hit a first pitch, two out, solo home run to right in the eighth. Other than that, Price was fine through his first two outs, but walked and hit a batter, then gave up two singles for another run. It was home run derby all around as the Tigers ended with five, including the two from Miguel Cabrera and Tyler Collins’ first career home run.
Final Score: Cleveland Indians 1 – Detroit Tigers 12
On Deck: The Indians and Tigers will play two of the four game series at a more standard 7:05 PM starting time tomorrow night. Carlos Carrasco will pitch against Kyle Lobstein of Detroit.