Friday was tough for Detroit Tigers fans. Most of us either fell asleep or woke up to the news that the Tigers traded their ace Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, just ahead of the waiver trade deadline.
At BYB we feverishly typed at our computers, clicking away as we did our best to not let tears fall into our keyboards.
But in baseball, as in life, the show must go on. Regardless of who was traded to which team, the Tigers had not one but two games to play against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park.
Unfortunately, Detroit managed to put up just two runs against Cleveland’s 13, and the Tigers lost both games on Friday.
The Indians beat Detroit in the afternoon game, 3-2. The quick hits:
- Matthew Boyd started for the Tigers and held Cleveland down for most of the afternoon. Boyd’s final line was five innings, five hits, one run, two walks, five strikeouts, and 98 pitches (61 strikes).
- Edwin Encarncion hit home run No. 32 off Drew VerHagen in the sixth inning to untie the game and put the score at 2-1 Indians.
- Mahtook retied the game with an infield single in the eighth but the Tigers couldn’t do anything else in the inning.
- Jay Bruce came off the Indians’ bench and hit a pinch-hit triple in the ninth. He came around to score one batter later when Francisco Lindor hit a single and gave the Indians the lead again.
- Tigers rallied and even had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. But they couldn’t capitalize as Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate with two outs and hit a line drive right at Lindor.
Quick hits from the night cap, when the Tigers lost 10-0:
- Cleveland jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Tigers starter Buck Farmer.
- The Indians did more damage in the fourth when they had the bases loaded with no outs, and two runs crossed the plate.
- Blaine Hardy came in to relieve Farmer and promptly induced a double play. Hardy surrendered a single to the next batter, but worked his way out of the inning soon after.
- Cleveland scored a bunch more runs in the sixth, idk.
- Indians starter Mike Clevinger retired eight Tigers in a row at one point.
- Jairo Labourt made his MLB debut for Detroit in the eighth and pitched a scoreless inning.
- The Indians now have a nine-game winning streak.