The Detroit Tigers took on the Cleveland Indians at 7:08 PM EST from Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Indians got out to an early start and had a six-run fifth inning to guide them to a 13-1 victory over the Tigers.
Danny Salazar got the start for Cleveland and was on point. He went seven innings giving up one earned run on six hits and three walks. With the win, Salazar has a 2-0 record with a 2.08 ERA on the season.
The bats for Cleveland did an outstanding job backing up the great pitching performance from Salazar. The Tribe made great contact throughout the entire game.
To start, Brandon Moss doubled to center to score Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana. In the second inning, Jose Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to score Lonnie Chisenhall. That made it 3-0 in favor of the Indians. Moss finished the day with seven runs-batted-in to lead the Indians victory.
In the fifth inning, Brantley singled in a run and Santana doubled to deep right plating two more runs to make it 6-1. However, the Indians weren’t done. Moss went yard again, this time a three-run shot to right giving Cleveland a 9-1 lead.
Chisenhall went deep to right field in the eighth inning to score David Murphy, and Moss would hit another homer to finalize the score, 13-1.
Detroit sent Shane Greene to the mound, who had been dominant until he faced Cleveland this time around. Greene made it just four innings after giving up eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks. Of course, he received the loss and now sits with an ERA of 3.00.
Al Alburquerque did not help Detroit’s cause. He pitched two innings and gave up four earned runs on four hits and one walk. Two of the four hits went over the fence. Alburquerque has an 11.37 ERA in this 2015 season.
The Tigers only run came off the bat of Nick Castellanos, who homered to right center field in the second inning.
Cleveland (6-9) will send Trevor Bauer (2-0, 0.95 ERA) to the mound to oppose Alfredo Simon (3-0, 1.74 ERA) of the Tigers. Detroit (11-6) is looking to get some momentum on offense. Putting big numbers on the board has been a struggle for the Tigers as of late after doing so well out of the gate.