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Indians 6, Tigers 0: Lifeless offense still can’t figure out Cleveland pitching

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Welp.

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DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez and Mark Lowe both gave up two home runs apiece, and the offense had a mere four hits against Carlos Carrasco. The Detroit Tigers couldn’t get anything going at any point in the game, and lost 6-0 to the Cleveland Indians — their eighth loss to the Tribe this year.

Predictably, Sanchez’s start on Saturday went poorly and he still hasn’t solved the home run problem. It only took the second pitch of the game for the Tigers to be trailing, and three batters for him to give up two homers. His command was next to nil and he got hit hard throughout the afternoon.

While Sanchez gave up four runs in five innings, it wasn’t nearly as bad as what the Tigers’ offense did — or rather failed to do, against Indians’ Carrasco. They had just three hits and a walk through seven innings, and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. For the eighth straight game, the Indians were too much for Detroit.

If there’s a bright spot in Sanchez’s start, it was that he went further into his start than originally expected. Since being moved to the bullpen he’d gone no deeper than 2 1/3 innings on 47 pitches. On Saturday, though, he made it five on 87 with eight straight retired batters, after not going that deep since May 31 when he lasted a mere three innings.

ROARS:

Alex Wilson: Two scoreless innings with a strikeout and only one hit allowed.

HISSES:

Anibal Sanchez: Five innings of four-run ball on five hits, two walks, and three strikeouts. Messy.

Tigers offense: Lifeless against Carrasco. Three hits in seven, and only Nick Castellanos reached base twice — he had a walk and a single in the second. They finished with four hits on Miguel Cabrera’s ninth-inning single.

Mark Lowe: Served up a monster homer to Francisco Lindor in the eighth and wasn’t all that sharp. He gave up another in the ninth.

STATS AND INFO:
  • The Tigers have lost their eighth straight game to the Indians this year.
  • Carrasco shut down 10 of the last 11 Tigers batters he faced.
  • Francisco Lindor had the first multi-homer game of his career at Comerica Park, and the second landed in the Belle Tire. That ball was hit off Mark Lowe, who is still pretty bad.
  • The Tigers were shut out for the sixth time this season. Their last shutout was on June 10 in a 4-0 loss to the Yankees.
WIN PROBABILITY GRAPH:

Source: FanGraphs