Live Tigers blog: Tigers lose 12-1, fall to 0-11 against Indians

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez of the Tigers pitches during the first inning.

Tuesday was not a good night for the Tigers, who lost 12-1 to the Indians — the 11th loss in a row to Cleveland this season.

Miguel Cabrera — named an All-Star reserve earlier in the evening — was ejected by first base umpire Tim Timmons in the top of the sixth inning for arguing with home plate umpire Jordan Baker, who ruled that a ball that replay showed hit off Cabrera’s shin was fair, and Cabrera was thrown out at first.

Victor Martinez knocked in the only run for the Tigers (44-40).

Aníbal Sanchez started for the Tigers, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits while striking out six and walking four.

Mark Lowe, after giving up a leadoff home run in the eighth inning to Carlos Santana, has now allowed 10 home runs in 27 innings, and saw his ERA increase to 10.46.

Carlos Carrasco got the win for the Indians (51-32), going six innings and allowing a run on three hits while striking out five and walking three.

Nick Castellanos (flu-like symptoms) was a late scratch, and was replaced by Mike Aviles in the lineup, batting seventh.

The two teams finish their three-game series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 12:10. Michael Fulmer (8-2, 2.17 ERA) goes for the Tigers, while Josh Tomlin (9-1, 3.21 ERA) will pitch for the Indians.

Bottom 8th: Lowe allows yet another HR

On the first pitch of the bottom of the eighth inning, Tigers reliever Mark Lowe allowed a home run to Carlos Santana -- his 10th allowed in 27 innings. He gave up a double to Jason Kipnis, before allowing an infield single to Mike Napoli two batters later. The next batter, Lonnie Chisenhall, singled in Napoli. After eight, the Tigers trail 12-1.

Top 8th: Salty singles, nothing more

With one out in the top of the eighth inning, first baseman Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- batting in the leadoff spot for Ian Kinsler -- singled. The next batter Cameron Maybin grounded into a 6-3 double play to end the half inning. The Indians are up 10-1 going to the bottom of the eighth, and are six total outs (three offensive, three defensive) from winning their 10th consecutive game against the Tigers this season.

Bottom 7th: Farmer settles in

Tigers reliever Buck Farmer, who was called up prior to the game to replace injured pitcher Daniel Norris (oblique strain), kept the Indians off the board in the seventh. After allowing a single to Rajai Davis, Farmer struck out Tyler Naquin swinging and induced an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play. After seven, the Tigers -- who are sending Jose Iglesias, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Cameron Maybin to bat -- trail 10-1.

Top 7th: Tigers stay quiet

The Tigers went quietly in the top of the seventh inning, as the only out off a Tigers bat did not leave the infield. Steven Moya struck out looking, before Mike Aviles grounded out to third base and James McCann struck out looking. Going to the bottom of the seventh, the Indians lead 10-1.

Bottom 6th: Indians get run back, score more

The Indians got a run back on the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth inning, on a home run by Tyler Naqin. After getting the first out -- on a Yan Gomes foul out to Andrew Romine, who replaced Miguel Cabrera (ejection) at first base -- Tigers reliever Buck Farmer walked the bases loaded. Mike Napoli drove in a run on a single that dropped in front of left fielder Justin Upton. Jose Ramirez hit an RBI fielder's choice, to further add to the Indians' lead. After six, the Indians lead 10-1.

Top 6th: Tigers get run, Miggy gets tossed

The Tigers got a run in the top of the sixth inning, on a RBI single by Victor Martinez through the shift, to score Ian Kinsler to break up the shutout. However, that's not the story of the inning. With one out, and Miguel Cabrera batting, he appeared to hit a ball off his left shin, which would have made the ball dead. But the ball was ruled in play, and Cabrera was thrown out at first base -- after Kinsler was called safe at second on the throw from Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez. Cabrera took exception to the call -- which was not reviewable, though several replays confirmed that the ball did hit his shin in the batter's box -- and was ejected. After five and a half, the Tigers trail 7-1.

Bottom 5th: Moya's woes continue

Steven Moya's woes in right field continued for the Tigers on Tuesday night. After misplaying a foul fly in the third inning, he did it again in the fifth -- giving Francisco Lindor an RBI double, though Lindor moved to third on Moya's throw to the plate. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez did not make it through the fifth, after walking Mike Napoli with one out. He was replaced by Buck Farmer -- who took the roster spot occupied by Daniel Norris, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique. Farmer allowed a pair of runs -- both of which were charged to Sanchez. After five, the Indians are up 7-0.

Sanchez went 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking four.

Top 5th: Tigers put two on, don't score

The Tigers put their first two runners on in the top of the fifth, on walks to Steven Moya and Mike Aviles. However, the Indians got the next three outs in order -- and the final two rather unconventionally. After James McCann flew out, Jose Iglesias grounded into a 4-6-5 double play, ending the half inning. Going to the bottom of the fifth, it's 4-0 Indians.

Bottom 4th:Indians add to lead

After Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez put the first two Indians on to start the bottom of the fourth, the Indians capitalized. Lonnie Chisenhall doubled in Mike Napoli, before Rajai Davis sacrificed in Jose Ramirez. Sanchez was able to strike out Tyler Naquin and Yan Gomes to stop the bleeding. After four, the Tigers are down 4-0.

Top 4th: Carrasco cruises

The Tigers went in order in the top of the fourth inning. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco relied on his defense, getting Miguel Cabrera to pop out to second base before Victor Martinez (second base) and Justin Upton (third base) grounded out. Going to the bottom of the fourth, the Indians lead 2-0.

Bottom 3rd: Sanchez works quickly

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez bounced back from his second inning, setting the Indians down in order in the bottom of the third. He struck out Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis -- the fourth strikeout of the game for Sanchez -- before getting Francisco Lindor to ground out. After three, the Indians lead 3-0.

AL and NL All-Stars named

No Tigers were selected as American League starters, as voted by the fans and announced on Tuesday night. The Cubs led the way with five starters, while the Red Sox added three and the Royals two. Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera -- the only Tiger on the squad -- made the AL team as a reserve. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is among five candidates for a final fan vote, for the last spot on the AL team.

AL starters

DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)

C: Salvador Perez (Royals)

1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)

2B: Jose Altuve (Astros)

3B: Manny Machado (Orioles)

OF: Mike Trout (Angels)

OF: Jackie Bradley, Jr. (Red Sox)

OF: Mookie Betts (Red Sox)

AL reserves

Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Stephen Vogt (A's), Matt Wieters (Orioles), Robinson Cano (Mariners), Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays), Francisco Lindor (Indians), Eduardo Nunez (Twins), Carlos Beltran (Yankees), Ian Desmond (Rangers), Mark Trumbo (Orioles), Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)

AL pitchers

Dellin Betances (Yankees), Brad Brach (Orioles), Zach Britton (Orioles), Alex Colome (Rays), Wade Davis (Royals, on DL), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Cole Hamels (Rangers), Will Harris (Astros), Kelvin Herrera (Royals), Craig Kimbrel (Red Sox), Andrew Miller (Yankees, former Tiger), Danny Salazar (Indians), Chris Sale (White Sox), Steven Wright (Red Sox)

NL starters

C: Buster Posey (Giants)

1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)

2B: Ben Zobrist (Cubs)

SS: Addison Russell (Cubs)

3B: Kris Bryant (Cubs)

OF: Bryce Harper (Nationals)

OF: Yoenis Cespedes (Mets, former Tiger)

OF: Dexter Fowler (Cubs)

NL reserves

Jonathon Lucroy (Brewers), Wil Myers (Padres), Matt Carpenter (Cardinals), Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks), Nolan Arenado (Rockies), Daniel Murphy (Nationals), Wilson Ramos (Nationals), Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Odubel Herrera (Phillies), Marcell Ozuna (Marlins), Corey Seager (Dodgers), Adam Duvall (Reds)

NL pitchers

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers, on DL), Noah Syndergaard (Mets), Madison Bumgardner (Giants), Jose Fernandez (Marlins), Johnny Cueto (Giants), Jon Lester (Cubs), Julio Teheran (Braves), Jeurys Familia (Mets), Kenley Jansen (Dodgers), Jake Arrieta (Cubs), A.J. Ramos (Marlins), Fernando Rodney (Marlins, former Tiger), Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)

Top 3rd: Tigers go 1-2-3

The Tigers went down in order for the second time of the game in the top of the third inning. Jose Iglesias popped out, before Ian Kinsler grounded out and Cameron Maybin struck out. After two and a half, the Tigers are down 2-0.

Bottom 2nd:Indians score 2

The Indians got on the board in the bottom of the second. After a walk to Jose Ramirez and a Lonnie Chisenhall with one out, Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez gave up an RBI double to former Tiger Rajai Davis. Tyler Naquin then drove in Chisenhall on a grounder to Ian Kinsler. After two, the Tigers trail 2-0.

Top 2nd: Tigers strand two

After Justin Upton singled with one out and Mike Aviles with two outs, the Tigers could not manage any runs on Indians starter Carlos Carrasco. James McCann flew out to end the inning. Going to the bottom of the second the game is scoreless.

Bottom 1st: Anibal sets Indians down

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez -- starting because Jordan Zimmermann is on the disabled list -- set the Indians down in order in the bottom of the first. He got Carlos Santana to pop out, before striking out Jason Kipnis and getting Francisco Lindor to fly out. After one, the game is scoreless.

Top 1st: Tigers go 1-2-3

The Tigers got off to a slow start on Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, going down in order in the top of the first. Cameron Maybin and Miguel Cabrera both struck out after Ian Kinsler grounded out. Going to the bottom of the first, the game is scoreless.

How to Watch: Tigers at Indians

Anibal Sanchez will try his hand at slowing down the Indians on Tuesday night when the Tigers play the second game of their three-game series in Cleveland. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

Nick Castellanos (flu-like symptoms) was a late scratch in the lineup. He will be replaced by Mike Aviles, who will be batting seventh.

The Tigers will be without Jordan Zimmermann for the first two weeks of July, placing him on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his neck.

The player who replaced Zimmermann on the Tigers’ roster, Dustin Molleken, made his MLB debut on Monday night in the Tigers’ 5-3 loss. “It was an unbelievable feeling,” he told Chris McCosky.

Lynn Henning explains the Tigers’ purpose in the international draft and why they’re being responsible spenders.


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. Justin Upton, LF

6. Steven Moya, RF

7. Mike Aviles, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Anibal Sanchez, P


1. Carlos Santana, DH

2. Jason Kipnis, 2B

3. Francisco Lindor, SS

4. Mike Napoli, 1B

5. Jose Ramirez, RF

6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B

7. Rajai Davis, LF

8. Tyler Naquin, CF

9. Yan Gomes, C

Carlos Carrasco, P


When: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.

Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland

Pitching matchup: RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-8, 6.05) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 2.56)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: None

Internet streaming: MLB.TV (blacked out in Detroit market)

Local radio: 97.1 FM

Satellite radio: SIRI Internet 849