Myles Jaye probably envisioned his major league debut going better than this. The 25-year-old rookie was battered by a red-hot Cleveland Indians offense on Monday, conceding seven runs in 3 2⁄3 innings as the Tribe beat the Detroit Tigers 11-0. The win was Cleveland’s 19th in a row, one shy of the American League record.
Jaye’s night started out smoothly. He struck out Francisco Lindor to open the game, then induced a weak groundout from Lonnie Chisenhall. Jaye ultimately worked out of a two-out jam, but could not do so in the second. The first five Indians hitters reached base against him in that frame, and Lindor capped the rally with a three-run triple. Jaye then retired Chisenhall for the first out of the inning — six batters in, remember — before Lindor scored Cleveland’s fifth run of the inning on a Jose Ramirez sacrifice fly.
After a quick third inning, the Indians delivered the knockout blow in the fourth. Lindor reached with one out on a single off Ian Kinsler’s glove, and Ramirez hit a two-run homer to extend Cleveland’s lead to 7-0. After two more baserunners reached (one on a fielding error), Jaye was mercifully lifted from the game.
Things didn’t get much better after that. Zac Reininger retired the side in the fourth, but gave up another run in the fifth. Warwick Saupold walked three batters in the sixth, and somehow only came away with one run allowed. Joe Jimenez worked a clean seventh inning before Jairo Labourt gave up two more runs in the eighth.
Meanwhile, the Tigers could not get much going against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco. They managed seven hits off him (and nine in all), but only one went for extra bases. The Tigers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base in all.
Joe Jimenez: Not only was Jimenez the only Tigers pitcher to not allow a run, but Jimenez’s fastball velocity returned. He reached 96 miles per hour on the radar gun multiple times, a welcome sight after some lackluster outings recently.
Jeimer Candelario: Candelario had two more hits, giving him 13 in 39 plate appearances since joining the Tigers.
Alex Presley: The Tigers’ designated hitter did his job with two hits on the night.
The rest of the pitching: It was bad.
The rest of the offense: Also bad.
The Tigers’ defense: They did Jaye no favors, committing a pair of errors while he was in the game.
STATS AND INFO:
- The Indians will tie the AL record for most consecutive wins if they can beat the Tigers on Tuesday. Corey Kluber will take the mound against Matt Boyd.