Tribe defensive woes continue, Detroit routs Cleveland, 10-4
Tigers seven run fifth inning seals three-game series sweep of Tribe
CLEVELAND—The word “error” is defined as a deviation from accuracy or correctness.
For the Indians, nothing has proven more costly this season than a lack of consistent defense. Three more errors Sunday, and an ugly seven run fifth inning was more than enough for Detroit to close the book on a dismal weekend at Progressive Field.
Slugging out 10 runs on 12 hits, the Tigers cruised to an easy 10-4 victory over the Tribe to sweep the three-game series.
“Against that lineup or against any team, you give them extra opportunities and there’s a decent chance you’ll pay for it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “You saw what happened when you’re going through the middle of that lineup after giving them extra chances.”
For the third straight game, Detroit struck for the game’s first run. Quiet in terms of driving in runs in the series, two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera launched a solo homer off Tribe starter Josh Tomlin (4-5, 4.39 ERA) in the first inning to give Motor City the early one run lead.
Tomlin labored through his first frame, throwing 34 pitches in the inning allowing just the one run.
“It took him a lot of pitches to finish the first inning with the home run by Miggy,” Francona said. “Then again when you’re going through that middle of that order, it’s tough. They made him work every inning.”
Cabrera struck again in the third, ripping an RBI single to left field off Tomlin to give Detroit a two run lead.
Then, the flood gates opened in the fifth.
Doubles by outfielders J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos highlighted the seven run onslaught off Tomlin, who finished the ballgame going just four innings, serving up eight runs (five earned) on eight hits.
It marked Cabrera’s team-high 14th error of the season, as Cleveland (37-39) leads the majors having committed 67 errors on the year.
“I felt pretty good going into that inning,” Tomlin said. “But I didn’t do enough to limit the damage in that inning. I think it’s tough not making the pitches to limit the damage than anything else, that’s on me. I’d rather made better pitches in that situation to not give up seven runs.”
Over his last three starts, the Indians right-hander falls to 0-3 with a 7.80 ERA.
“They put up a seven spot which basically took the game out of our hands,” Francona said. “They just blew it open and we helped them, and they don’t need any help.”
It wasn’t until the ninth inning that Tribe bats rallied for three runs against Tigers rookie reliever Chad Smith, striking him for three runs in his big league debut. Three of the four runs Cleveland scored Sunday came off the bat of Michael Brantley, going 3-for-5 in the series finale with a double and three RBI.
Just one month ago, it was the Tribe swept Detroit in a three-game series at Progressive Field. This time, the Tigers returned the favor thanks in large part to three key contributors in the middle of their lineup.
Cabrera, Martinez, and Victor Martinez, combined to go 13-for-37 (.357) with 4 HR and 13 RBI.
“Those guys hit the ball,” Tomlin said. “You got to keep those first two guys in their lineup off base and hope to face the middle of the order with nobody on.”
Detroit evens up the season series with Cleveland at 4-4, having dropped four of their first five meetings.
Up next for Indians: After an off day Monday, the Tribe hits the road to open up a short two-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (32-46) beginning Tuesday night. Right-hander Justin Masterson (4-5, 4.75 ERA) gets the start against southpaw Wade Miley (3-6, 4.62 ERA) at 9:40 p.m.
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The highest trade values on the team for players we should want to trade are for Masterson and Cabrera. Let's do it, and maybe throw Tomlin in there too. The guy is not the pitcher to handle a power line up. I see no down side in shaking things up, because the team as currently constituted will not be seeing any playoffs this year.
Bro Ohio is OVER RATED.
Quit doing the O-H-I-O
and just H-I-T already
Earn your M-O-N-E-Y you S-L-U-G