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Indians 13, Tigers 4: Bauers gets a cycle, Tigers left out to dry

And it started so well.

Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

I’ve decided to use an image from the best part of this game, because that’s how I’d like to remember it. Miguel Cabrera hitting his fourth home run of the year — and longest of the season — followed by a Brandon Dixon home run. Back to back. At the time this felt like a great boon. Ryan Carpenter had just given up two runs in the top of the second inning, and the Tigers had tied the game off of two hits.

Then JaCoby Jones turned a would-be single into a triple, and was able to score off a Christin Stewart sac fly. The Tigers were in the lead, and I thought to myself: “They might just win this one!”

So, yeah, this is all my fault.

After the third inning things just got so, so bad.

First Leonys Martin hit a three-run home run in the fourth. Then an error by Castro scored two more Indians runs. Then a Perez double scored two more runs. Then Bauers tripled to score another run. Did I mention this is all still just the fourth inning? We went from 3-2 to 10-3. And Carpenter didn’t even make it out of the inning without getting the axe.

His final line for the day was 3.0 IP, eight runs on eight hits (though only six earned). He also walked four and collected only two strikeouts.

The Tigers then started cycling through their bullpen, using Farmer (three runs, only one earned); Stumpf; Hardy (two more runs) and Torres.

Back to those runs, because last time I left you the score was 10-3. In the fifth Ramirez had an RBI triple. Then in the eighth, Jake Bauers hit a two-run home run, and also happened to complete the cycle. Good for him, I guess.

In the bottom of the ninth Niko Goodrum hit a leadoff triple. I don’t think anyone was thinking the Tigers could come back from the deficit, but it was nice to see the players still putting on the hustle. Goodrum then scored on a Castro groundout.

Ultimately the Tigers just couldn’t regain the ground they lost in the fourth inning, and dropped the first game of the series 13-4.

At least fans had the fireworks to look forward to after.