FINAL: INDIANS 3, TIGERS 2
The post-Justin Verlander era for the Tigers began with a familiar feeling as the Tigers lost the first game of a doubleheader with the Indians Friday afternoon at Comerica Park, 3-2.
Matt Boyd stood toe-to-toe with Carlos Carrasco for five innings, but the young Tigers pitcher was forced to give way to the bullpen after throwing 98 pitches over five innings.
Boyd gave up just one run on five hits. He struck out five and walked two.
Carrasco held the Tigers at bay over seven strong innings, striking out eight and giving up just one run on six hits.
Shane Greene came on in the ninth and gave up a one-out triple to the pinch-hitting Jay Bruce, who scored during the next at-bat when Francisco Lindor singled to center field.
The Tigers loaded the bases for Miguel Cabrera in the final frame, but the big man just wasn't able to get the job done.
Jose Iglesias had the Tigers biggest hit of the day, a two-out RBI double to left field in the fifth.
The Tigers and Tribe get back at it tonight. First pitch is at 7:10.
Bottom 9th: Indians 3, Tigers 2
James McCann got things started with a single to right field. McCann was lifted for the pinch-running Andrew Romine, and in the next at-bat, Jacoby Jones was unable to lay down a sacrifice bunt, striking out for the third time today. Jose Iglesias made things extremely interesting with a single through the middle of the diamond, putting runners at first and second for Ian Kinsler, who popped out to first. Alex Presley loaded the bases with a single to left field, forcing the Tribe to remove Cody Allen in favor of Joe Smith, who got Miguel Cabrera to line out to shortstop to end the game.
Top 9th: Indians 3, Tigers 2
Shane Greene got the call from the bullpen in the ninth and gave up a one-out triple to the pinch-hitting Jay Bruce. Francisco Lindor drove Bruce home with a single through the middle of the diamond, putting the Tribe up 3-2.
Lindor was caught trying to steal second by a bullet from James McCann. Greene then got Lonnie Chisenhall to strike out looking to limit the damage in the ninth.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 2, Indians 2
Carlos Carrasco gave way to Bryan Shaw in the eighth inning. Alex Presley was able to notch a one-out single to right-center, and after Miguel Cabrera struck out swinging, Nick Castellanos singled to right field to put runners on the corners. That was enough for Tribe manager Terry Francona to relieve Shaw of his duties in favor of Cody Allen, who gave up a soft roller to Mikie Mahtook that Francisco Lindor couldn't handle, tying the game at 2-2.
Efren Navarro flew out to center field to end the inning.
Ian Kinsler struck out swinging to leadoff the frame.
Final line on Carrasco: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 103 pitches
Top 8th: Indians 2, Tigers 1
Jose Iglesias made a great over the shoulder grab for the first out of the inning on a ball off the bat of Carlos Santana, Yandy Diaz grounded out to second and Brandon Guyer struck out swinging as Alex Wilson set the Tribe down in order in the eighth.
Bottom 7th: Indians 2, Tigers 1
James McCann dropped a single into center field with one out, but the Tigers weren't able to get anything done, as Jacoby Jones struck out swinging and Jose Iglesias lined out to shortstop to end the frame.
Efren Navarro struck out looking to leadoff the inning.
Top 7th: Indians 2, Tigers 1
Giovanny Urshela singled off of Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez on the first pitch he saw in the seventh. After getting the next two outs, Jose Ramirez doubled to right field, but Alex Presley got the ball back in quickly to hold the runner at third. Jimenez was able to get the dangers Edwin Encarnacion to fly out to right field to get out of the inning.
Bottom 6th: Indians 2, Tigers 1
Nick Castellanos hit a ball hard at Jose Ramirez that ate up the Tribe's second baseman and got into the outfield for a two-out single. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Mikie Mahtook became Carlos Carrasco's sixth strikeout victim to end the inning.
Alex Pressley popped out to shallow left field and Miguel Cabrera flew out to right field to start the frame.
Top 6th: Indians 2, Tigers 1
The good vibes from the fifth inning were gone in a flash as Edwin Encarnacion took Drew VerHagen deep to left field on the second pitch he saw from the Tigers reliever, putting the Tribe up 2-1.
After Carlos Santana fouled out, Yandy Diaz singled to right field, but VerHagen was able to get the next two outs without any issue.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 1, Indians 1
James McCann dropped a two-out bloop single into right field that ignited a Tigers rally. Jacoby Jones singled to left field and Jose Iglesias doubled to left-center to bring home the Tigers first run of the day, tying the game at 1-1.
With men on second and third, Ian Kinsler grounded out to shortstop to end the threat of more runs.
Mikie Mahtook struck out swinging and Efren Navarro did the same to start the inning.
Top 5th: Indians 1, Tigers 0
Yandy Diaz lined one right off of Matt Boyd's leg and Nick Castellanos made a great barehanded play to nail Diaz at first. Boyd stayed in the game. Brandon Guyer was able to just beat the throw from Ian Kinsler on a slow roller behind the bag, giving the Tribe their third hit of the afternoon. With a man on, Yan Gomes singled to right field to put the Tribe in business with runners on first and second. Giovanny Urshela drove in the first run of the day with a single to right field, plating Guyer to put the Tribe up 1-0.
With runners now on the corners, Boyd walked the bases loaded when he lost a lengthy battle with Francisco Lindor. The Tigers young pitcher bounced back to strike out Austin Jackson, and ultimately held the Tribe to one run by getting Jose Ramirez to fly out to right field to end the inning.
A nice job by Boyd with the bases loaded. It looked like things were about to get out of hand, but he was able to get the big outs and keep this a one-run game. He's probably done for the day with a pitch count at 98.
Bottom 4th: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Alex Presley grounded out to shortstop, Miguel Cabrera struck out swinging and Nick Castellanos flew out to center field as the Tigers went down in order in the fourth.
Carlos Carrasco is matching Matt Boyd pitch-for-pitch. Carrasco has struck out three, given up just one hit and thrown just 51 pitches through four frames.
Top 4th: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Jose Ramirez grounded out to third, Edwin Encarnacion struck out swinging and Carlos Santana grounded out to shortstop as Matt Boyd has really settled in nicely.
Boyd's pitch count is a bit elevated at 69, but he's struck out four while walking one and allowing just two hits.
If the Tigers can get six solid innings out of Boyd, they will be very pleased.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Jose Iglesias was able to single through the left side of the infield for the Tigers first hit of the day, but Ian Kinsler grounded into an inning-ending double play on the first pitch he saw as the Tigers went down in the third.
Jacoby Jones struck out swinging to leadoff the frame.
Top 3rd: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Giovanny Urshela flew out to center field, Francisco Lindor struck out swinging and Austin Jackson struck out looking as Matt Boyd put together his first flawless inning today against the Tribe.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Mikie Mahtook took one off the left shoulder to give the Tigers their first baserunner of the game. Mahtook was able to reach second on an Efren Navarro groundout, but James McCann wasn't able to bring him in, striking out swinging to end the frame.
Nick Castellanos flew out to center field to leadoff the inning.
Top 2nd: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Carlos Santana doubled to left field with one out to give the Indians a runner in scoring position. After Matt Boyd struck out Yandy Diaz, Brandon Guyer was able to work a walk. Boyd was able to get Yan Gomes to groundout back to the mound to get out of the frame.
Boyd's pitch count is elevated at 40.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Ian Kinsler grounded out to third, Alex Presley grounded out to second and Miguel Cabrera made a loud out to deep center field as Carlos Carrasco set the Tigers down in order in the 1st.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Indians 0
Austin Jackson drove a one-out single to center field off of Matt Boyd, but the young Tigers pitcher was able to bounce back and get Jose Ramirez to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Francisco Lindor popped out to first to leadoff the frame.
TIGERS VS. INDIANS
When: Friday, 1 p.m.
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Pitching matchup: LHP Matthew Boyd (5-8, 6.13) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (13-6, 3.78)