Tigers Sweep Tribe, 10-3
CLEVELAND — After a marathon 14-inning game Wednesday night, the Indians looked to avoid the sweep against the Tigers on Thursday, but fell short, 10-3.
Things went from bad to worse rather quickly for Indians starter Zac McAllister in the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded, McAllister was forced to walk perennial slugger Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers their first run of the game.
Next, Prince Fielder was able to hammer a double off of McAllister, scoring both Austin Jackson and Hernan Perez, making the score 3-0.
The runs continued for Detroit as Victor Martinez stepped up to the plate, doubled to deep right and recorded 2 RBIs as Miguel Cabrera and Fielder headed home, putting the Indians down, 5-0.
McAllister was taken out of the game and Preston Guilmet, the player brought up after Mark Reynolds was designated for assignment, took over on the mound for the Tribe. The last run in the top of the 3rd would come from a throwing error by Mike Aviles, which gave Martinez enough time to reach home, making the Tribe’s deficit 6-0.
The Tigers continued hammering away in the top of the 4th. Andy Dirks recorded another double and Jackson was able to score. Shortly following that, Martinez came up with a single and an RBI, putting the Indians down 8-0 heading into the bottom of the 4th inning.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s double that scored Michael Bourn gave the Indians their first run of the night, but did little to bridge the scoring gap with Cleveland still down by 8-1.
Despite the wide scoring gap, Detroit continued to relentlessly swing their bats against the seemingly defenseless Tribe as Miguel Cabrera recorded a 2-run RBI single to increase the lead for the Motor City, 10-1.
The next run of the game came from the Tribe in the bottom of the 6th when Asdrubal Cabrera hammered an RBI double, scoring Kipnis to put the score at 10-2.
The night was topped off in a surprise pitching chance for the Tribe. Ryan Raburn was called to the bullpen and pitched the 9th inning, even recording one strikeout.
The final run of the night and for the Tribe came in the bottom of the 9th, too little too late as Michael Brantley recorded an infield single on a throwing error by Tiger’s pitcher Phil Coke, allowing Kipnis to reach home, making the final 10-3.
The Tribe’s home-stand continues this weekend when they host the Angels. First pitch for Friday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
By Fox 8 Sports Intern Ashley Bastock