Cleveland – 11
Detroit – 1
Short and Sweet:
The Indians have successfully shown their second-half dominance more than ever the last eleven games, being able to work as a team to get the job done. However, today was a day the GOAT ran wild at Comerica Park and made an absolute mockery of the Tigers (more specifically, their outfield). It was without a doubt a team effort, but Jose Ramirez made sure he led the way to another sweep.
Another player came out ready to prove himself after being on the DL since late July, starting pitcher Josh Tomlin. In his last outing, Tomlin went 4 innings of no hit baseball before being taken out for a hamstring strain. Today, Tomlin continued his hot streak he’d left in July (3-0 through July) going 5.2 IP and only giving up a single run on six hits and through for 70% strikes (74-52) with just two strikeouts.
The Cleveland offense turned up the heat early, scoring first in the first inning on Ramirez’ first homer on the day. In the second, they’d tack on two more on a Roberto Perez single and a force out off the bat of Francisco Lindor. In the third and the fifth they’d bring in two, on a fielders choice and a Yandy Diaz bases loaded RBI single. Lindor and Ramirez would both go yard, Jose for the second time in the game, Lindor with a massive bomb into the seats in right, and Jose just grazing the yellow line for it to count, scoring Austin Jackson.
After a quiet seventh, Cleveland would add on two more runs in the eighth, while also bring in a pinch runner for Edwin Encarnacion, rookie Francisco Mejia. Regarding rookie news, today’s game was also the first starting game for September call up CF Greg Allen, who went 1 for 4 with a walk.
The Tigers would only get passed the Indians pitching in the second inning with an RBI single from JaCoby Jones to score James McCann. Detroit had eight hits through the game, McCann going 2 for 3. Their starter, Chad Bell, only lasted 4 innings, giving up five earned on eight hits and walked two before Brad Ausmus went to utilize the Tigers bullpen. By the end of the nine innings, Detroit used up five bullpen arms, throwing more than 200 pitches on the day.
To finalize the four-game sweep, something that’s never been done by Cleveland in Comerica Park before, the Indians added one more run in with a double from Lonnie Chisenhall, putting the Tribe up 11-1. This puts Cleveland up in the American League Central by 8.5 games above the second place Twins, adding to their current win streak, with their eleventh straight win. Also, today’s win inches them closer to top seed Houston Astros’ current 82-53 record.
Tribe Top Three:
1. Jose Ramirez – 2B
Today was a day for Jose Ramirez, going 5 for 5 in the game with three doubles and two home runs with a total of three runs and three RBI. In the first inning, Ramirez had a little help from Tigers OF Mikie Mahtook who over-bobbled the ball right over the OF wall for home run number one. His second home run, in the 6th, got some similar help from Alex Presley to push it above the yellow line for his second homer. His three double push him close to topping 50 doubles on the season, now at 47.
In the third, Ramirez scored on a fielders choice off a hit from Santana, by sliding into home, slipping his hand over the plate just before being tagged by McCann to be called safe. Just one of many reasons, even outside of his power AT the plate, that Ramirez contributes and has contributed to the success of this team.
2. Josh Tomlin – SP
Tomlin picked up right where he left off after being sent to the disabled list after his July 30th start after only lasting four innings into the game. His only slip was a rare walk, and a single from Jones, allowing the Tigers only run in the game. His start today shows he’s not skipped a beat, giving the Indians rotation yet another solid arm in their arsenal as they prepare for the post season.
3. Yandy Diaz – position – 37% of the vote for the third Top Three
– Diaz has been very productive since being called up from Triple-A in August, batting a .357 going into today’s game with seven runs on ten hits, nine walks, six RBI and a 1.049 OPS. Today he went 2 for 4 with two walks, an RBI and a run.
Carlos Santana hit a career milestone during today’s game with his two walks, getting his 75th walk on the season, 713th in his career. This surpasses Jack Graney for 5th place in Indians history in career walks. He can take hold of 4th place adding on 12 more to tie Earl Avril. On top of his two walks, Carlos also went 0 for 3 with an RBI.
Tribe Time Tomorrow:
Cleveland heads out to ChiTown for a Labor Day 2:10 start in game one of a four-game series. The Indians put the ball in the hands of the 14-8 Trevor Bauer, putting the duties of creating the #MiniTribe on Carlos Carrasco’s shoulders. The White Sox, who are just three games away from being numerically eliminated from the division, put their trust in 2-5 James Shields.