Thursday, September 3

Swept by the Tigers

Can't say that I had a real good feeling as the Indians headed into a three-game set at Comerica, and it seems I was right. Cleveland has been playing over their heads for a while, but Detroit has something to play for and their home mark (45-22, .672) is vastly better than their road mark (27-39, .409). The Indians got swept, losing a couple of close ones to a good team. Life goes on.

Game 1
An 8-5 Tribe loss was notable mostly for the inauspicious debut of Carlos Carrasco, who yielded 6 runs in just 3 innings of work. Blah. We did collect 5 doubles and yet another Andy Marte home run, but it was not enough after the Tigers' early scoring binge. I'm still interested to see how Carrasco performs in his remaining few starts this year.

Game 2
This 4-2 loss was notable mostly because the Indians made 5 errors, including 3 by Johnny Peralta, 2 of which came on one comical play. Hey, we scored as many earned runs (2) as Detroit!

Game 3
Prior to this game, displayed the following teaser:

The Indians will be looking to improve their offense and defense for the finale against the Tigers

Isn't every team looking to improve their offense and defense every game? Anyway, the Tribe trailed 3-0 before notching 3 runs in the 8th to tie it. Rafael Perez came in to "pitch" the 10th and got no one out except for the game-winning sac fly, as the Tribe fell 4-3. What a season for that guy.

Next up is a three-game home set against the Twins, who now trail Detroit by 5 full games in a terribly uninteresting divisional race.

Go Tribe!

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