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Friday recap: Indians fall 7-2 in opener against Detroit

It's a tough, ugly loss, but it's not the end

Why are we still pitching to this guy?
Why are we still pitching to this guy?
Duane Burleson

Game 146: Tigers 7, Indians 2

Box Score

Tribe falls to 76-70

With so many teams ahead of us at this point in the playoff hunt, scoreboard watching is essentially pointless. If the Indians can take care of business, they control their own destiny. Tonight, though, they did not take care of business. Unless that business is an all-you-can-eat trash dump. In that case, they're a Fortune 500 company. Ahem, anyway...

I wrote in the GameThread that Carlos Carrasco had perhaps the most important start of his career ahead of him tonight. Cookie performed admirably, if not spectacularly, on the big stage. Unfortunately the offense was rendered hopeless by David Price, and a big Tiger inning against the Tribe bullpen put the game out of reach. The Tribe had a few opportunities to make something happen but they couldn't get it going at all, let alone enough to overcome the late lead.

Oddly enough, the Indians got out to an early lead thanks to a Ryan Raburn (!) homer in the 2nd. Carrasco cruised through the first couple of innings, but then ran into trouble in the 3rd. Nick Castellanos led off the inning with a single, and would come around to score on a double from Ian Kinsler. In the next inning, who else but J.D.M.F. Martinez put the Tigers up 3-1 with a two-run homer. Cookie settled in and held the Tigers scoreless through the 5th and 6th, but would leave the game after giving up a leadoff single in the Detroit 7th. When the bullpen took over, the wheels came off.

After Carrasco departed, C.C. Lee came on to face the heart of the Detroit order. He immediately walked Torii Hunter, accidentally struck out Miguel Cabrera, then gave up a single and a triple to the Super Martinez Bros. The Tigers took a 6-1 lead off Lee, then added another when Alex Avila "singled" on a cue shot to third off Mark Rzepczynski. A six-run lead would have probably been enough to put the Tribe away on a good offensive night, but the Tigers hardly needed it tonight.

After Boo Raburn's homer in the first, the Indians did approximately jack against David Price. Price shut down the decidedly not world-beating lineup, giving up just eight hits and striking out seven over 7.2 innings. Tribe bats registered a small blip on the radar in the 9th when Lonnie Chisenhall tripled in Jason Giambi, who had singled (!) and scored all teh way from first (!!). If nothing else, this was a highlight.

This is a critical series, and the loss should not be taken lightly. That said, this doesn't necessarily spell the end. The Royals, Blue Jays, and Yankees all lost tonight. Hell, the Yankees lost twice (the A's and Mariners are kicking off shortly). If the Indians are still in pretty good shape if they can take the remaining two games of this series.

Win Expectancy Chart:

Source: FanGraphs

Roll Call:

Game Thread

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