Here’s to more good than bad this week!
Tigers 4, Guardians 2
Not enough offense. Frustrating game! With the loss, Cleveland falls to 17-20 on the season.
From Anthony Castrovince:
“Enough’s enough,” he recalled telling catcher Austin Hedges. “No matter what the philosophy is or the action of the pitch, I need to get ahead of hitters and put us in a better situation to succeed.”
Bieber made an adjustment, and despite the loss at a time when the Guards’ bats aren’t exactly running hot and the defense behind him wasn’t much better, came out with an encouraging outing — seven innings, three runs (two earned) on six hits.
Most notably, the Biebs struck out 10 batters for his first double-digit strikeout total in almost exactly a year (May 27, 2021 at Detroit) and had his highest whiff percentage (46%) of the season. This was actually the sixth consecutive start against the Tigers in which Bieber notched 10 or more K’s — tying the record against Detroit originally set by Nolan Ryan from 1976 to ‘79.
The young right-hander, with a 0.93 ERA so far this year in Double-A, will remain in Akron after clearing waivers.