The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians started their game at 3:10 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. I’m writing this roughly one hour after that, and can already say that the Indians have won, clinching their third straight AL Central crown.
Let’s recount all of the bad things that got us here:
- Jeimer Candelario led off the game with a walk... and was promptly picked off first base.
- Michael Fulmer gave up two solo home runs to Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley in the bottom of the first to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead.
- Fulmer then left with a right knee injury, having thrown just five pitches.
- Matt Hall was blooped to death in the first, and his defense did him no favors either. He gave up four runs before retiring the side in the first.
- The Tigers did nothing in the top of the second.
- Hall gave up four more runs without recording an out, and was lifted (with the bases loaded) for righthander Sandy Baez. A sacrifice fly scored a fifth run charged to Hall, giving Cleveland an 11-0 lead.
We’re just barely out of the second inning, and this one is over. We might update this with any pertinent information if something interesting happens. Or we might not.
Congratulations on another division title, Cleveland.