Live blog: Tigers win despite messy outing by bullpen
FINAL: TIGERS 7, INDIANS 6
Lonnie Chisenhall decided to make things a little nerve-wracking for Tigers fans in the ninth inning when he hit a grand slam to right field off of Francisco Rodriguez to cut the Tribe's deficit to 7-6. Luckily for Rodriguez, Austin Jackson struck out on a ball in the dirt to end the game and preserve the win for the Tigers.
In the ninth, Francisco Lindor got things started against William Cuevas with a double off the left field wall. Cuevas then hit Brandon Guyer on the knee, but he bounced back to strike out the dangerous Edwin Encarnacion for the first out of the inning. Jose Ramirez singled to right field to load the bases, and Yandy Diaz notched an RBI single to cut the Tribe's deficit to 7-2. That run forced Brad Ausmus to bring in Francisco Rodriguez. The Tigers' closer struck out Abraham Almonte before the Chisenhall bomb.
Miguel Cabrera got some revenge on the the Indians after Trevor Bauer went up and in on the Tigers big man in the first inning, as he played a little long ball in the fifth inning with hit a three-run home run that powered the Tigers to a 4-0 lead against a team that beat them 14 times in 18 meetings last season.
Daniel Norris pitched six strong innings. He didn't give up a single run, and surrendered just two hits while walking four and striking out five.
Alex Avila also chipped in with his first home run since his return to Detroit, going deep off of Trevor Bauer in the sixth inning for a two-run shot that put the Tigers up 6-0.
Justin Verlander takes on Corey Kluber in tomorrow's heavyweight matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10.
Top 9th: Tigers 7, Indians 1
Jose Iglesias led off the ninth with a single down the first base line off of new Cleveland reliever Bryan Shaw, and he was able to score on a one-out double from Nick Castellanos down the third base line that pushed the Tigers lead to 7-1. Miguel Cabrera followed by drawing a walk, but Victor Martinez grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 6, Indians 1
Justin Wilson got the Tigers out of a sticky situation by striking out Carlos Santana with the bases loaded and the Tigers leading 6-1 in the eighth inning.
Edwin Encarnacion singled to left field against Tigers reliever Kyle Ryan, and Jose Ramirez followed with a base knock of his own. Yandy Diaz hit the ball hard in the next at-bat but right at Tyler Collins in right field for the inning's first out. Ryan then walked Abraham Almonte to load the bases, resulting in his prompt removal from the game in favor of Wilson. The Tigers surrendered a run on a Roberto Perez ground ball that resulted in the inning's second out. Wilson then walked Austin Jackson to load the bases, but he was able to dial it in and strike out Santana to avoid a complete disaster.
Top 8th: Tigers 6, Indians 0
Alex Avila notched a two-out single through the shift in shallow right field against new Cleveland reliever Dan Otero, but Jacoby Jones grounded out back to the mound to end the frame.
Justin Upton grounded out to third to leadoff the inning and Tyler Collins flew out to left field to start the inning.
Bottom 7th: Tigers 6, Indians 0
Alex Wilson got the call out of the Tigers bullpen. After getting Roberto Perez to ground out to shortstop, Wilson walked Austin Jackson. Miguel Cabrera made a diving play on a ball off the bat of Carlos Santana, but we was in too much of a hurry when he fired down to second base from his knees, bringing Jose Iglesias off the bag and allowing both runners to reach. Francisco Lindor flew out to center field for the second out of the inning, and Wilson got Brandon Guyer to line out to second base to end the frame.
Top 7th: Tigers 6, Indians 0
Miguel Cabrera reached with one out after Austin Jackson dropped a ball in center field. Somehow, someway, it was scored a single for the big man. No harm, no foul for Cleveland, though, as Victor Martinez grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Nick Castellanos struck out swinging to leadoff the frame.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 6, Indians 0
Edwin Encarnacion worked a walk to leadoff the sixth, but Daniel Norris dialed it in and retired the next three hitters in what is likely his final inning of work.
Jacoby Jones made a nice play on a ball that was ripped off the bat of Jose Ramirez for the first out of the inning. Norris struck out Yandy Diaz and Abraham Almonte to get out of the inning.
Norris has thrown 101 pitches, striking out five, walking four and giving up two hits.
Top 6th: Tigers 6, Indians 0
Well, goes to show what this blogger knows. After telling my followers with full confidence that Trevor Bauer would exit tonight's game after getting out of a rocky fifth inning at 105 pitches, low and behold, the Indians brought Bauer back out for the sixth.
Turns out, Terry Francona should have followed basic baseball wisdom after Tyler Collins singled and Alex Avila crushed a 2-run home run to left field to give the Tigers a commanding 6-0 lead.
Bauer is now officially out of the game having thrown 111 pitches.
Jacoby Jones struck out looking against new Tribe reliever Nick Goody. Jose Iglesias popped out to second base and Ian Kinsler grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 4, Indians 0
Jose Iglesias couldn't get the ball to first base for the third out of the inning, bouncing a ball to Miguel Cabrera that allowed Carlos Santana to reach second base and extend the inning for the Tribe. Francisco Lindor drew a walk to put two men on, but Daniel Norris was able to get Brandon Guyer to pop out to third to end the frame.
Roberto Perez grounded out to second and Austin Jackson did the same to start the inning.
Top 5th: Tigers 4, Indians 0
There was just that feeling in the air the Miguel Cabrera was going to get his tonight after a confrontation with the Cleveland bench in the first inning. And boy, oh boy, did Cabrera get his when he hit a 3-run bomb to right field to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead over the Indians in the fifth inning.
Jose Iglesias was able to drill a double down the left field line with the Tribe playing the infield in. Ian Kinsler followed with a base knock to right field that gave the Tigers runners on the corners. Nick Castellanos struck out swinging prior to the Cabrera long ball.
Victor Martinez flew out to center field and Justin Upton grounded out to end the inning.
Trevor Bauer's pitch count is up to 105, meaning he is likely done for the night.
Bottom 4th: Tigers 1, Indians 0
Edwin Encarnacion notched a one-out single to center field, and after getting Jose Ramirez to fly out to right field, Daniel Norris walked Yandy Diaz on four pitches. However, Norris was able to get out of the inning unscathed by getting Abraham Almonte to ground out to third base.
Brandon Guyer grounded out to first base to leadoff the inning.
Norris' pitch count has jumped to 68.
Top 4th: Tigers 1, Indians 0
Alex Avila drew a two-out walk from Trevor Bauer, but Jacoby Jones struck became the Tribe pitcher's third strikeout victim of the inning when he went down swinging at a ball in the dirt.
Justin Upton struck out looking and Tyler Collins went down swinging to leadoff the inning.
Bauer's pitch count is up to 75.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 1, Indians 0
Roberto Perez drilled a ball right back at Daniel Norris that looked like it was going right at his head. Norris was able to avoid what could have been a scary scene by getting out of the way and taking it off the shoulder blade, allowing the ball to ricochet to Ian Kinsler at second base, where he scooped up the ball and got the inning's second out.
Former Tiger Austin Jackson notched Cleveland's first hit of the game with a double down the left field line. Jackson moved up to third on a passed ball. Norris walked Carlos Santana to give the Indians runners on the corners with two outs, but the Tigers youngster bounced back to get Francisco Lindor to fly out to center field to end the frame.
Abraham Almonte grounded out to third to leadoff the inning.
Top 3rd: Tigers 1, Indians 0
Nick Castellanos flew out to left field, Miguel Cabrera grounded out and Victor Martinez grounded out to second base as the Tigers went down in order in Trevor Bauer's first 1-2-3 inning of the night.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 1, Indians 0
After being spotted a 1-0 lead in the top of the frame, Daniel Norris set the Indians down in order for the second consecutive inning. Edwin Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop, Jose Ramirez struck out swinging and Yandy Diaz did the same.
It's taken Norris, who has gone 20 straight starts giving up three earned runs or less, just 25 pitches to get through the first two frames.
Top 2nd: Tigers 1, Indians 0
Justin Upton led off the inning with a single to center field, and after the next two hitters went down, JaCoby Jones singled to right field to put runners on the corners with two outs. Jose Iglesias capitalized, delivering the game's first run with an infield single.
Ian Kinsler struck out swinging to end the frame.
Tyler Collins lined out to shortstop, and Alex Avila struck out looking for the first two outs of the inning.
The Tigers have done a nice job of taking pitches early. Bauer's pitch count is elevated at 45.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Carlos Santana popped out to second base, Francisco Lindor flew out to center field and Brandon Guyer struck out swinging as the Tribe went down in order and Daniel Norris had an easy, 9-pitch opening frame.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Miguel Cabrera worked a walk from Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer, but Victor Martinez flew out to right field to end the inning.
Cabrera, who was hit with a pitch the last time he faced Bauer, took a ball up and in on the very first pitch of his at-bat. He turned to the Indians dugout and had some words. The exchange continued between innings and led to the umpires issuing a warning to both benches.
Ian Kinsler worked a full count but popped out to third base to leadoff the game. Nick Castellanos followed with a fly out to right field.
TIGERS VS. INDIANS
When: Friday, 7:10 p.m.
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
TV / radio: FSD / 97.1 FM
Pitching matchup: Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (0-0, 4.26) vs. Indians RHP Trevor Bauer (0-1, 6.35)
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Nicholas Castellanos, 3B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. Victor Martinez, DH
5. Justin Upton, LF
6. Tyler Collins, RF
7. Alex Avila, C
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
Daniel Norris, SP
1. Carlos Santana, 1B
2. Francisco Lindor, SS
3. Brandon Guyer, LF
4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 2B
6. Yandy Diaz, 3B
7. Abraham Almonte, RF
8. Roberto Perez, C
9. Austin Jackson, CF
Trevor Bauer, SP
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