With a 10-4 win in the opener of their weekend series with the Indians on Friday night in Detroit, the Tigers handed Cleveland a sharp dose of reality and snapped the Tribe’s four-game winning streak in the process. Led by starter Max Scherzer and resident Detroit sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the Tigers showed the visitors just how dangerous they can be.
Through 8 innings of work, Scherzer allowed four runs on five hits, struck out seven and left the game without surrendering a walk. With the win, Scherzer improves to 5-0 on the season while the Indian’s Corey Klubel took the loss after allowing eight runs on eleven hits in just 4 2/3 innings.
Prior to the loss, the Indians (18-15), had swept the Oakland A’s in their four-game series that ended Thursday. Overall, Cleveland has won eight of their past ten games and are an impressive 13-5 since April 20th. With the win, Detroit is now 20-13 overall and has won 29 0f their last 37 games at Comerica Park going back to last season.
The second game of the three-game series takes place on Saturday night when Detroit will call on their ace, Justin Verlander (4-2, 1.55 ERA). Opposite Verlander will be Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2, 6.37 ERA), followed by the Tiger’s Rick Porcello (1-2, 7.52 ERA), and Indian’s starter Zach McAllister (3-3, 2.63 ERA), who take the hill in the series finale on Sunday.
The first-place Tigers got to the Tribe in the third inning when Prince Fielder hit a solo home run that landed just short of Jackie Robinson’s number 42 plaque in right-center. In the fourth inning, Detroit refused to let the Indian’s come up for air when Miguel Cabrera launched a three-run shot that coincidentally just missed Hank Greenberg’s retired number 5 plague in left-center. Andy Dirks also homered while Alex Avila had three RBI’s and Omar Infante added three hits for Detroit.
The Indian’s entered Friday’s game leading the Majors in home runs but were unable to go deep against Tiger pitching in the first game of the series between two teams who are both planing on walking away with the American League Central crown.
On deck for the visitors after Sunday’s finale, will be a return trip to Jacob’s Field where they’ll start the week with a double-header on Monday against the visiting New York Yankees. Up next for the Tigers after this weekend, will be a series with the Houston Astro’s that will also began Monday as Detroit continues their homestand..