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Indians 9, Tigers 2: Corey Kluber dominated, again

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This lopsided pitching matchup went just about as expected.

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers dropped the rubber match against the Indians on Sunday afternoon, nine runs to two. Corey Kluber mowed through the Detroit lineup without much resistance, finishing eight innings and racking up an equal number of strikeouts. With the win, Kluber became the first pitcher in the American League to reach double-digits wins on the season.

The Tigers scored a run in the third inning when John Hicks crossed the plate on a ground ball following a double by JaCoby Jones. The other Tigers run came in the sixth inning, by way of a solo home run off the bat of Leonys Martin. Apart from that, the bats were all but silent on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers sent only 30 men to the plate with their 27 allotted outs, with the heart of their order going 1-for-19 with seven strikeouts.

Artie Lewicki, in his second start of the season and third of his career, performed about as well as could be expected. He threw 78 pitches through five innings, allowing two runs in the second inning and one in the fourth. He and catcher John hicks did have some trouble holding runners, though. The battery allowed Francisco Lindor to nab second base twice, and Greg Allen to add a steal of his own.

The wheels didn’t come off until Drew VerHagen replaced Lewicki in the sixth inning and gave up three more runs on a bases-clearing triple to Erik Gonzalez. VerHagen went on to pitch a clean seventh and gave way to Zac Reininger in the eighth, who coughed up three runs of his own on a Yan Gomes home run. Buck Farmer mopped up the ninth, throwing 13 of his 28 pitches for balls, but closing out the game without major incident.

The loss drops the Tigers to 31-36 on the season, where they still sit in second place in the embarrassing AL Central. The Indians now hold a five-game lead, with a soft schedule continuing for quite some time.

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Who was the Tigers’ Player of the Game?

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  • 42%
    Artie Lewicki (5.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 K, 1 BB
    (60 votes)
  • 35%
    Leonys Martin (1-for-4, 2 RBI, HR, 2 SO)
    (50 votes)
  • 21%
    John Hicks (2-for-3, R, SO)
    (30 votes)
140 votes total Vote Now