Tribe Sweeps Tigers 2-1
Get out the brooms, the Indians completed a three-game sweep against Central Division rivals, the Detroit Tigers. The Indians were able to defeat the Tiger’s ace, Justin Verlander, in a 2-1 victory.
Justin Masterson started for Cleveland and got his second win against three losses on the year. He worked seven, very solid, innings, allowing one run and five hits. Vinnie Pestano was perfect in the eighth inning, shutting down the Tigers. Closer Chris Perez came away with his 16th save of the year and his third of the series. In this series, the Indians bullpen was key, as they did not allow a single run.
Lead off man, Shin-Soo Choo, stunned Verlander in the first inning, staking the Tribe to a 1-0 lead. That was Choo’s only hit of the game. The Tribe took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning when Jose Lopez singled into right to bring in Michael Brantley.
The Indians got more support from the fans in this series as 23,000 took in Thursday’s ballgame and 60,000 came to Progressive Field for the entire series. Some of the attendance spike could be attributed to Chris Perez’s comments about lack of fan support over the weekend.
With the series sweep, the Tribe remains at the top of the division, four games ahead of Chicago and six games ahead of Detroit. The Indians begin their series with the White Sox Friday night at 8:10.
— Fox 8 Intern Gabriel Kramer contributed to this report.