Indians Disappoint Largest Weekend Crowd In Three Years
The Cleveland Indians (37-39) had hoped to put on a show for their fans as they welcomed Tribe legend Omar Vizquel into the teams Hall of Fame.
Over 100,000 fans flocked to see the weekend series and were left to witness a 6-4 loss on Friday evening, a 5-4 ten inning loss on Saturday, and a disappointing 10-4 drubbing on Sunday.
With the win the Tribe drops to 37-39 on the year and the Tigers improve to 40-32.
Josh Tomlin (4-5, 4.39 ERA) took the loss working the first four innings and allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits striking out five and walking two.
He gave up a solo home run to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning that put the Tribe down 1-0 and gave up a RBI single to Cabrera in the fourth inning.
The Tigers scored seven runs in the fifth inning off Tomlin, Kyle Crockett, and John Axford. The inning may have been much tamer had it not been an error by Asdrubal Cabrera on a ball he dropped on a force out attempt. The original call was out but the Tigers challenged the call and after it was reversed the Tigers put their bats into overdrive.
The Indians defense did not help any of the days pitchers and committed three more errors on the afternoon to give them a major league leading 67 on the season.
The Tribe was held in check by Max Scherzer (9-3, 3.71 ERA) who allowed one run (earned) on six hits striking out eight and walking two.
Michael Brantley had an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning for the only run against Scherzer. Chad Smith came with the Tigers up 10-1 in the ninth inning and allowed a RBI single to Asdrubal Cabrera and 2-RBI double to Michael Brantley who finished the day with three runs driven in to push his season total to 49.
The loss to the Tigers marks the fifth time this season the Tribe has been swept in a three game series. Three have come on the road (San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, and Chicago White Sox) and two at Progressive Field (Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers).
After an off-day on Monday the Tribe will kick off a 9-day, 3-city, 8-game road trip through Arizona (2), Seattle (3),and to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers for three.