The Detroit Tigers traveled to Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, for Game 2 against the Cleveland Indians. The game started at 4:10 PM EST, and just a few seconds after the first pitch was thrown, Detroit jumped out to a lead and finished strong. The Tigers came away with a 9-6 victory on Saturday.
The Tigers sent David Price to the mound to start the game against the Indians; he was outstanding until the sixth inning. He went 5.2 innings and gave up three runs (zero earned) on four hits and three walks. Price made an error, which allowed none of his runs to be earned. He struck out six over 104 pitches (63 strikes). Price still holds a 0.00 ERA.
Tom Gorzelanny came in relief and was dominant. He went 1.2 innings and gave up just one hit. He threw14 of his18 pitches for strikes, which helped him get his single punch-out.
Al Alburquerque got the hold even though he gave up one earned run and a walk. He has a 5.40 ERA on the season.
Ian Krol (W: 1-0, 6.75 ERA) blew the save (1) but got the win by pitching just 0.1 innings. He gave up one earned run on one hit and a walk. However, the credit goes to the bats of the Tigers, who made it all come together.
Reigning American League Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber took the mound for Cleveland and did a very good job. He went 6.1 innings and gave up two earned runs on seven hits and one walk. It was impressive that he gave up just two runs on an offensively dominating Tigers squad. Kluber struck out 10 hitters on Saturday and currently owns a 2.63 ERA.
Cody Allen (L: 0-1, 21.60) threw 37 pitches to Tigers hitters and ended up with the loss. He pitched just 0.2 innings and gave up four earned runs on three hits and three walks.
The Detroit bats were started up by Anthony Gose, who launched a homer to right center. The leadoff hitter got things rolling for the Tigers, who took a 2-0 lead after the first.
After a sacrifice fly and a deep double to right by Cleveland, the game was in the hands of the Tribe, 3-2. It was the sixth inning, and time was ticking for Detroit.
Detroit rode a huge seventh inning provided by their middle of the order. Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez had an RBI each to give Detroit a 5-3 lead.
The Tribe were not done, though -- not at all. Jerry Sands doubled deep to right, which scored Carlos Santana and Brandon Moss to tie the ball game.
In the ninth, Kinsler singled to right field to score Andrew Romine, who was starting in place of Jose Iglesias. Yoenis Cespedes, who was acquired in the offseason, doubled to right and scored Kinsler and Cabrera. That gave Detroit an 8-5 lead. Afterward, James McCann, a pinch-hitter for starting catcher Alex Avila, drew a walk to score J.D. Martinez.
The Tigers took a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning and rolled out with a 9-6 victory to stay undefeated on the season.
The Tigers and Indians will meet again on Sunday at 1:10 PM EST to finish out the three game series. The Tigers are looking to start 6-0, and the Indians are trying to avoid the sweep. Detroit will start Kyle Lobstein, and Cleveland will send T.J. House to the mound as the two pitchers oppose each other to start the game.