Tribe improves to 51-32
Last time I wrote a game recap, it was a rundown of the Tribe’s 11th win in a row on their way to a franchise record 14 consecutive wins. That streak has sadly ended (R.I.P. streak), but there’s another streak and another #11 that’s still relevant. Tonight, the Indians smashed the life out of the Tigers for the 11th time this season. They’re now 11-0... ok, why repeat what’s already been said:
Indians are 11-0 vs Detroit this season. They have outscored them, 77-24, & they hold a 7.5-game lead in the AL Central. Let that marinate.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) July 6, 2016
So, that's pretty cool, right? It would be fun to reflect more on how dominant the Indians have been in the overall season series, but I suppose I should actually discuss tonight's game at some point.
Hmm, where to start? The Indians trotted out another ace tonight, as per usual. Carlos Carrasco pitched *only* six innings and recorded *only* five strikeouts, but held the always scary Detroit lineup to just three hits. He did it mostly by way of his sick nasty slider and a well-placed mid-90's fastball. He also had a little help from his defense, which turned a bizarro 4-6-5 double play and also got this nifty play from their 21 year-old, All-Star shortstop:
While Carrasco managed to pitch a hell of a game, he only had real pressure on him in the first couple innings thanks to a Tribe offense that came alive after a couple games' worth of sleepwalking. The Indians jumped to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a Rajai Davis double and a Tyler Naquin groundout. They added two more in the 4th and then as Cookie cruised, they turned the game into a laugher with three more in the 5th.
The Tigers finally managed to plate a run in the 6th, which must have offended the Indians greatly, since they managed to score another five unanswered runs before the game was over. There really isn't much more to say about this one since it was a laugher from the 5th inning on, but here are a few more fun tidbits:
- Tyler Naquin crushed a no-doubt homer to right-centre (though I still think we should consider trading him for Jay Bruce)
- Carlos Santana smacked a some-doubt homer to left, his 19th of the season (though the bum still isn't batting .250)
- Dan Otero continued to impress with a solid shutout inning that included two strikeouts
- Mike Clevinger closed the game out with two nice scoreless innings, despite pissing off Victor Martinez by doing... something
- Lonnie Chisenhall had another bonkers four-hit game
- Mike Napoli followed up his game-winning 8,000-foot homer last night with an inconsequential, 12-foot single tonight
- Miguel Cabrera was ejected after being retired on a "ground ball" he hit off his shin in the 6th (it was a really, very, really bad call, but no one really cared because Miggy suuuuuucks)
In other news, the Royals Blue (Jays) themselves again, getting crushed 8-3 and dropping another full game below the Indians in the AL Central. Today, the Tribe sits in 1st place 7.5 games ahead of the Tigers and eight games ahead of the Royals. Tomorrow, they gun for their 4th sweep of Detroit in 2016. Life is good, Tribe fans!