FINAL: Tigers 8, Indians 5
Joakim Soria gave up a two-out solo home run to Roberto Perez, but it wasn't enough for the Tribe to overcome a solid effort by the Tigers, who picked up a win in the first game of a three-game series in Cleveland..
The Tigers put eight runs on the board with 13 hits, scoring a run in each of the first three innings.
After the Indians responded with a three-run third inning to tie the game, the Tigers answered back with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth.
Blaine Hardy got the win, pitching 2.1 innings of perfect baseball in relief of Kyle Ryan, who was pulled with two outs in the fourth inning after loading the bases and struggling with his control.
It was a second straight strong showing for the lineup, and most of these guys absolutely love hitting against the Tribe.
With everyone back and getting healthy, a visit to Cleveland this week could be exactly what this club needs to get itself going in the dog days of summer.
Top 9th (Tigers 8, Indians 4)
The Tigers got one back.
After James McCann drilled a ball to right center with one out for a ground rule double to put men on second and third, Andrew Romine came up with a big sacrifice fly to score Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes led off the ninth with a single, giving him three hits on the night to go with three RBIs.
Bottom 8th (Tigers 7, Indians 4)
Joba Chamberlin came on for the eighth inning, and after recording the first out, gave up a pinch-hit home run to David Murphy to pull the Indians just a little closer late in the game.
Chamberlin settled back in, however, getting Carlos Santana to pop out, and striking out Mike Aviles to end the inning.
It hasn't been the best season for Chamberlin, who continues to throw way too many breaking balls. He essentially did his job, though, limiting the damage and getting this game to the ninth inning and in the hands of Joakim Soria.
Top 8th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
Miguel Cabrera notched a two-out single to right field, continuing his dominance over Cleveland pitching.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, the new man on the bump for Cleveland, Ryan Webb, did just fine against the other three hitters he faced in the eighth.
Webb got Victor Martinez to line out into the shift to end the inning.
It didn't amount to anything for the Tigers this time around, but the numbers Cabrera is putting up against the Tribe this season are flat out ridiculous. He's 24-for-37 (.649) with five home runs, 15 RBIs, and nine walks.
Bottom 7th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
Jose Iglesias made an uncharacteristic mistake, letting a ball eat him up and allowing Giovanny Urshela to reach base for the third time tonight.
Iglesias made up for the mistake right away, turning a routine double play off the bat of Roberto Perez and helping reliever Alex Wilson settle back in on the mound.
Wilson, pitching his first inning tonight, gave up a two-out single to Jason Kipnis before striking out Francisco Lindor to end the inning.
Top 7th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
Bryan Shaw came on in relief for Cleveland and put Yoenis Cespedes on to leadoff the inning after hitting the Tigers slugger with a breaking ball that didn't break.
J.D. Martinez struck out swinging at a ball well outside of the strike zone, but James McCann drew a one-out walk to put runners on first and second.
It wasn't meant to be, though, as Andrew Romine struck out and Jose Iglesias grounded out to second to end the inning.
The Tigers bats have cooled the last few innings, but they'll have the top of the order coming up in the eighth inning.
Bottom 6th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
Blaine Hardy is in line for the win tonight after coming on in the fourth inning for starter Kyle Ryan, and he's retired all seven batters he's faced after a second straight 1-2-3 inning.
Hardy has become somewhat of a go-to guy for manager Brad Ausmus. He's reaffirming his manager's faith in him thus far tonight.
Top 6th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
Ian Kinsler led off the inning with a single to right field, but Miguel Cabrera swung at the first pitch he saw from Jeff Manship and grounded into a double play.
Victor Martinez grounded into the shift in shallow right field to end the inning.
It looked for a second there that the middle of the lineup was going to go back to work and put a few insurance runs on the board. Cabrera probably should have laid off the first pitch, but he's the best hitter in the game, so you can't be mad at him for pulling the trigger.
Bottom 5th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
Blaine Hardy got Francisco Lindor to fly out to center field, struck out Michael Brantley looking, and got Ryan Raburn to ground out to third.
That was a nice, tidy 1-2-3 inning for Hardy. It's a battle of the bullpens right now. Luckily for the Tigers, they've spotted theirs a four-run lead.
Top 5th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
The Tigers went down in order for the first time tonight after Francisco Lindor robbed Anthony Gose of a two-out single to left field.
That was a quiet, quick inning for the Tigers bats against a pitcher with one of baseball's manliest last names: Jeff Manship.
Bottom 4th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
After loading the bases with a two-out walk to Roberto Perez, the Indians number nine hitter, Brad Ausmus went and got Kyle Ryan in favor of Blaine Hardy. Hardy got out of the jam by getting Jason Kipnis to fly out to right field.
Ryan, who gave up three runs in the third inning and labored through the fourth, gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Santana before getting Mike Aviles to ground into a fielder's choice. He picked up a second out off the bat of Brandon Moss and looked well on his way to getting out of the inning with the bottom two hitters in the lineup on deck.
Both ended up on base for the second straight inning.
Giovanny Urshela singled before Ryan walked Perez and saw his night come to an end.
Top 4th (Tigers 7, Indians 3)
Poor Trevor Bauer. It's just not his night.
After his teammates came back to tie the game in the bottom of the third, Bauer gave up back-to-back singles to leadoff the inning to Jose Iglesias and Anthony Gose.
Bauer followed that up with a walk to Ian Kinsler on four pitches to load the bases with nobody out for Miguel Cabrera, who he also walked after a battle that took the at-bat to a full count.
The Tigers had their lead back, but that wasn't going to be enough with the middle of the order up and the bases still loaded.
Victor Martinez chased Bauer from the game with a two-run single to right field to stretch the Tigers lead to 6-3.
Jeff Manship came on in relief with runners on the corners and gave up a sacrifice fly off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes to score Cabrera from third.
Bottom 3rd (Tigers 3, Indians 3)
Kyle Ryan was ahead in the count 0-2 to the first two hitters of the inning, and he ended up walking and giving up a single to both before Jason Kipnis doubled to right center field for a two-run double.
After a sacrifice bunt moved Kipnis up to third, Michael Brantley slapped a single back up the middle to tie the game.
Ryan is still an inexperienced guy, but he has to be able to get hitters out when he gets ahead of them, especially when those hitters are the number eight and nine guys in the lineup.
Top 3rd (Tigers 3, Indians 0)
Trevor Bauer is not having a good time. Well, Yoenis Cespedes is.
The Tigers slugger hit a line drive that appeared to be a leadoff double to the gap in right center field. But the ball carried, and it carried just far enough to go over the fence and out for his 10th homer of the season.
Bauer bounced back to set the next three hitters down in order, picking up strikeouts of James McCann and Andrew Romine along the way. His pitch count now sits at 65.
Bottom 2nd (Tigers 2, Indians 0)
Kyle Ryan is feeling alright in the early going against the Tribe. He put together a smooth 1-2-3 inning to get the Tigers bats back up in the top of the third.
I mentioned the pace of this game and the fact that Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer has thrown a bunch of pitches (53) already. Ryan is doing his part so far to make sure the lineup can continue to wear on Bauer and chase him from this game early.
Top 2nd (Tigers 2, Indians 0)
Ian Kinsler grounded into a fielder's choice with runners at the corners to score Andrew Romine.
With two outs, Miguel Cabrera walked to put runners at first and second for Victor Martinez, who usually destroys Tribe pitching. Martinez was unsuccessful this time around, though, striking out swinging to end the inning.
Romine led the inning off with a double that came off the bat looking like a pop up, but it landed right on the right field line and bounced into the stands. The Tigers ended up with runners at first and third after Jose Iglesias tapped a ball toward third base that Giovanny Urshela couldn't quite come up with barehanded.
Trevor Bauer has been working at a snail's pace through the first two innings. He's not going to be around much longer tonight, as he's thrown 53 pitches already.
Bottom 1st (Tigers 1, Indians 0)
Francisco Lindor notched a one-out single off of Kyle Ryan, but the young Tigers pitcher got Michael Brantley to foul out down the third base line before getting Ryan Raburn to ground out to third base to end the inning.
Solid first inning for Ryan. He's been pretty good in his last two starts, but he did struggle a bit in the later innings of his last start. That will be something to watch for tonight.
Top 1st (Tigers 1, Indians 0)
After back-to-back one-out singles from Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes came through with a two-out double down the right field line off of Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer to score both and give the Tigers an early lead.
The initial call on the field was a triple for Cespedes, scoring both Kinsler and Cabrera, but after a lengthy review of the play, it was determined that the ball hit bounced off a railing in the stands. Cespedes was sent back to second base, and more importantly, Miggy was sent back to third.
After J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases, James McCann nearly notched a two-run single but was robbed on a fantastic play from Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.
1. Anthony Gose, CF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
6. J.D. Martinez, RF
7. James McCann, C
8. Andrew Romine, 3B
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
Kyle Ryan, LHP
1. Jason Kipnis, 2B
2. Francisco Lindor, SS
3. Michael Brantley, CF
4. Ryan Raburn, DH
5. Carlos Santana, 1B
6. Mike Aviles, LF
7. Brandon Moss, RF
8. Giovanny Urshela, 3B
9. Roberto Perez, C
Trevor Bauer, RHP