While I’m not the biggest fan of Paul Hoynes, he seems like a decent enough writer most of the time. However, his column the other day in regards to the Tribe’s postseason being over before it started struck me the wrong way. Sure I’m biased, a true Indians homer, but that headline just felt like piling on after a shocking injury to one of our favorites. Anyways, let’s hope our Indians prove him wrong.
Tigers 9, Indians 5
The Indians came up short in their bid to deliver Detroit a decisive jab in the division showdown. The Tigers claimed Sunday's series finale by a 9-5 final margin, though the Tribe took two of three over the weekend.
Bauer was very erratic in Sunday’s outing and ended up hitting three Tiger hitters. From Zack Meisel:
There was no ill intent, he stressed after the contest. Bauer issued an apology to the Tigers at the start of his postgame session with reporters at Progressive Field.
Bauer struck Miguel Cabrera with a pitch in the first inning. He beaned Ian Kinsler in the helmet to start the third. At that moment, he dropped to his knees on the mound and removed his hat. Three batters later, he hit Victor Martinez in the right knee with the bases loaded.
"The scouting report is to pitch in," Bauer said. "I obviously did not intend to hit any of them. Regardless of game situation or anything that could happen in a game, I would never intentionally throw at someone's head. That has no place in the game. I know saying sorry for it doesn't change that it happened. I'm glad that [Kinsler] seemed to be OK and nothing else came of it.
The right-hander owns a 4.76 ERA in 14 appearances with the Indians this year.
Pluto is ranked as the Tribe’s 14th-best prospect by MLBPipeline and likely will add an insurance arm to the bullpen.