Cleveland (88-56) – 11
Detroit (60-83) – 0
Magic Number to clinch AL Central: 6
Short and Sweet:
They didn’t score in the first inning, but the Indians jumped out to another early lead in the second inning. Yan Gomes singled in Carlos Santana after he and Yandy Diaz reached to start the inning. Greg Allen bunted for a hit to load the bases and Francisco Lindor unloaded them with a triple.
Jose Ramirez belted a two run homer in the fourth inning after his sac fly in that second inning.
It wasn’t all fun and games for the Indians as Ramirez took a pitch off of his forearm after the pitch first hit his bat. He left the game with a left forearm contusion for what the Indians said were “precautionary reasons.” He returned to the dugout without medical protection on his arm and didn’t appear to get x-rays, so that seemed to be a good sign.
Carlos Carrasco meanwhile was having all kinds of fun. He fanned nine in six innings and scattered seven hits and a walk. Of course, how could anyone not enjoy pitching for the Indians right now when they’re giving pitchers all kinds of run support as their run differential over this 19 game winning streak is now at +100 (that’s not a typo).
Carrasco notched his 200th strikeout of the season and joins Corey Kluber on that list. He and Kluber give the Indians two starters with 200 strikeouts for the first time since 1968 when Luis Tiant and Sam McDowell did it. Trevor Bauer should join them at some point before the end of the season (178).
The Indians tacked on a few more runs which allowed Terry Francona to get Danny Salazar two innings of work out of the bullpen, where it looks like he may be the rest of the season. He struck out one and allowed one hit.
Tribe Top Three:
#3 Gomes: Gomer got the Indians on the board in the second inning with an RBI single.
#2 Lindor: Lindor’s bases clearing triple made it 4-0 in the second inning with no outs and he later scored on Jose’s sac fly. That essentially ended the game.
#1 Carrasco: The Indians pitching rotation continues to be filthy and Carrasco is putting the finishing touches on the best season of his pro career.
Fans disrespected the GOAT in this vote. Ramirez’s hits didn’t add much to the Indians win probability because it was 4-0 and 5-0 when he did his damage but it was good to see Jose rip a homer after some rough swings Sunday after missing a few games with that sore wrist.
Tribe Time Tomorrow:
If you’re into gambling, the Indians are listed right now at -590 as they go for their 20th win in a row with Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56) is opposed by Matt Boyd (5-9, 5.93) at 7:10.