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The Tigers were not.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

A soggy start and some lousy pitching on the Tigers’ part spelled doom as Cleveland spiked Detroit 10-0 in the first of a three-game weekend set.

Shane Bieber’s stuff looked great. He didn’t even say “Sorry” when he struck out five of the first six Tigers he faced. Jose Iglesias finally got the first hit of the game in the third, continuing his hot hitting from the Cincinnati mini-series where he went 5-for-8.

Mike Fiers has had some recent success against Cleveland, and was looking to continue that. He must have asked, “What Do You Mean?” when he was told there’d be a rain delay, but he started off well and threw “Cold Water” on the first few Cleves hitters. Francisco Lindor finally solved Fiers in the third and hit a no-doubt solo shot to put the Cleves up 1-0.

Kerwin Danley’s strike zone was a bit uneven, to say the least. Even a “Baby” could have called better strikes.

In the fourth, Edwin Encarnacion followed a Jose Ramirez walk with a two-run home run to put Cleveland up 3-0. “Where Are U Now”, O baseball? In the left-field seats, that’s where.

Fiers struck out Tyler Naquin to start the fifth, but a wild strike three got past James McCann, putting Naquin on first. A Michael Brantley hit a double “2U,” Nicholas Castellanos, in right; that brought Naquin around to score and make it 4-0.

Leonys Martin said “I’m the One” to finally work a walk off Bieber, leading off the sixth, and Castellanos pushed him up to second with a one-out single. Nothing doing, though: Victor Martinez grounded into a well-turned 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Fiers gave way to Buck Farmer in the sixth and he went 1-2-3. If you “Love Yourself,” Ron Gardenhire, you won’t put him out there for the seventh... and I guess he did, because Johnny Barbato then took over. But maybe Gardy should’ve stuck with Farmer: Barbato coughed up five runs, including a Yonder Alonso grand slam, and the rout was on.

Stats and Things

  • There was about a 1:40 rain delay to start things off.
  • Bieber’s minor league stats in 274 innings: 18 BB, 255 K. Wow.
  • The Cleves actually drew over 30k people for a game. Well done!
  • I don’t actually know any Justin Bieber songs, I promise. I got these all off Wikipedia.

Poll

Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    nobody
    (46 votes)
  • 9%
    nobody
    (16 votes)
  • 31%
    nobody
    (52 votes)
  • 30%
    nobody
    (51 votes)
165 votes total Vote Now