Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco sidestepped danger throughout his impressive 5 1/3-inning outing Tuesday.
Veteran relievers Scott Atchison and Bryan Shaw followed Carrasco’s lead of walking the tightrope of danger only to escape damage at each turn.
Unfortunately for the Tribe, closer Cody Allen couldn’t pull off the same Houdini act when he entered the game charged with further protecting a one-run lead. Instead, J.D. Martinez’s three-run home run with one out in the ninth resulted in a 4-2 Tigers victory, as the visitors have claimed the first two games of the important four-game series.
Before Allen’s collapse, Carrasco put on a display that showed just how far he’s come since the first month of the season. Four months ago, all the foot traffic that littered the bases during Carrasco’s start Tuesday would have ended in disaster.To read more or comment...
A mini soap opera episode might be brewing between the division rival Indians and the Detroit Tigers following the Tribe’s Labor Day Massacre Monday at Progressive Field.
A day after the visiting Tigers opened the four-game series by crushing the host 12-1 - and chasing Tribe ace Corey Kluber after 2 2/3 innings - a scoring change benefiting the home team was made that shaved three runs off Kluber’s original season worst five-run outing.
But what makes the change by official scorer Chad Broski such a big deal is that not only did it make a third-inning hit become an error on Indians right fielder Mike Aviles, it took away a hit away from Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. Thus, the move is likely to elicit an appeal by Detroit that would send the matter to Joe Torre - Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations.
For now, Kluber’s ERA dropped from 2.72 to 2.58 and Cabrera’s batting average dipped to .304. But in the meantime, Aviles passed testing for a possible concussion after making an ill-advised dive for a ball in the first inning Monday. But he didn’t escape harm all together.To read more or comment...
Here are today’s starting lineups and pre-game notes for the host Indians and Tigers at Progressive Field Tuesday.
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August Fagerstrom's final thoughts following the Indians' 12-1 loss to Detroit in the first game of a four-game home series:
-Corey Kluber didn’t have his best stuff on the mound Monday. He didn’t have his best stuff in the clubhouse after the game, either. Despite a nearly three-hour cooling off period, Kluber was visibly agitated after the game. After a tense, brief one-minute interview in which he answered no question with more than 15 words, Kluber sarcastically told the media, “Good stuff today, guys.”
-Mike Aviles had a rough showing in the field and was removed after the third inning. It wasn’t necessarily because of his performance, though. The right fielder slammed his head on the ground while diving for a ball in the first inning and was experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He passed all initial tests and will be re-evaluated Tuesday. When asked if his dizziness played a part in Aviles’ second misplay, Indians manager Terry Francona said, “I sure don’t think it helped.”To read more or comment...