Indians improve to 13-12
Here's to beating on the Tigers! What a feeling!
The Indians continued their dominance over the Tigers in their 9-4 victory Thursday evening. With the win, the Tribe is now 6-0 against the Tigers this season and typing this stat makes me incredibly happy. Wins are great, but victories over Detroit are even sweeter, with the Indians owning a dismal 19-37 record against the Tigers over the last three years.
A big start offensively set the tone for the Indians. In the bottom of the first, singles by Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, and Michael Brantley got the Tribe on the board. Mike Napoli followed with a three-run homer to center field to give the Indians a 4-0 lead. Napoli's shot went an estimated 413 feet with an exit velocity of 104.8 mph.
New acquisition Chris Gimenez hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and the Tribe added another four spot in the eight inning.
Trevor Bauer earned his second win of the year and flashed his impressive stuff that seems to always to tease us Tribe fans. Bauer stared well enough, getting out of a jam in the first inning after a Juan Uribe throwing error. Clean second and third innings were beautiful, but the fourth inning brought some trouble. After allowing a walk and hit, Bauer served up a three run home run to third baseman Nick Castellanos.
But to Bauer's credit, this was the only large blip on the radar, as he ended up allowing just those three runs over 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out four and allowed just three hits. Jeff Manship, Zach McAllister, and Bryan Shaw pitched well out of their bullpen, throwing scoreless innings.
The Tribe looks to stay hot as another AL Central rival comes to town, with Kansas City heading into Cleveland for a three-game weekend series. Danny Salazar is scheduled to start Friday's series opener. Let's Go Tribe!