Indians in long home stand
James W. Wade III | 9/4/2014, 10:30 a.m.
The Indians beat the Tigers, 7-0, on Wednesday night at Progressive Field, behind Danny Salazar’s first career complete game shutout. The Indians, who climbed back within four games of the second AL Wild Card spot, will go for a split of the four-game series on Thursday and are 8-7 against Detroit in 2014.
Salazar struck out 9 and scattered 8 hits, and in his last four starts, has allowed 3 earned runs in 25 innings (1.08 ERA), with 23 strikeouts. He became the first Indians pitcher to record a complete game shutout against Detroit since Jaret Wright in 1998.
For the second straight night, Carlos Santana got the Indians on the board with a two-run homer in the first. In the 4th, Lonnie Chisenhall had an RBI double and Yan Gomes an RBI single, while in the seventh, Michael Bourn (RBI single), Jose Ramirez (RBI double) and Michael Brantley (RBI single) drove in runs.
The Cleveland Indians are back to having a hard time with the Detroit Tigers losing 12 to 1 on Labor Day. They are currently over 500 . After arriving in Cleveland at 3:40 a.m. Monday, the Indians dropped the opener of a four-game set against Detroit and an 11-game homestand.
The Tigers had 20 hits, the most given up by the Indians in a nine-inning game this season. Tribe starter Corey Kluber allowed five runs and three homers in 2.2 innings, his shortest outing of the season. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez went a combined 6-for-8 on the evening, with Cabrera hitting two home runs.
After winning 3 straight and 6 of their last 7 games overall – independent of last night’s to-be-determined outcome – the Indians dropped the first game of this season-long 11-game stay here at Progressive Field against Detroit (0-1 +3 games), Chicago-AL (3), Los Angeles-AL (1 game) and Minnesota (3).
Cleveland entered today’s game with a 2.72 ERA since the All-Star break 3rd-lowest second-half figure in the Majors; rotation owned a 3.08 figure 4th in MLB and club’s 2.39 team ERA in August was the lowest figure in the Majors for the month.
With 6 games remaining in the 2014 season series between Cleveland & Detroit, the Indians still hold a 7-6 edge over the Tigers, going 3-4 here at Progressive Field and 4-2 at Comerica Park…the Indians are 29-28 vs. A.L. Central opponents this season. The club has begun a stretch that will see the Indians play 28 of their final 39 games against divisional opponents.
If you watched Kluber you could see he wasn’t himself. He worked a season-low 2.2 innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits including a career-high 3 home runs and has now suffered the loss in 3 consecutive starts for the first time in his career.
Kluber worked from behind for the duration of his outing as the Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first 3 at-bats of the game. Cabrera’s 2-run shot in the first inning was the second first-inning homer Kluber has allowed this season (5/4/14; Jose Abreu).
Kluber has surrendered 8 first-inning HR’s in his career 2 to Miguel Cabrera more than any other inning.
Zach McAllister made his first career relief appearance, scattering 2 runs on 5 hits across 3.1 innings (4 SO, 1 BB) – both of the runs on his ledger scored after his departure.
The Tigers' Victor Martinez pushed the Tigers lead to 4-1 with his 18th home run of the season in the top of the 3rd. Martinez is coming off a 30-RBI month of August – most by an player in the Majors. Martinez has reached base safely via hit or walk in 20 consecutive games. The longest active streak in the American League.
Over his last 17 games here in Cleveland since the start of 2013, Martinez is batting .388 (26-67) with 5 home runs and 19 RBI.
The Indians will play the Tigers until Thursday before starting a three game stand at home against the Chicago White Sox’s.