The Detroit Tigers didn’t collect their first hit until the fifth inning, and the offense didn’t show much more life after that as the Tigers dropped their third game in a row, this one a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday evening at Comerica Park.
The game started well enough for the Tigers. Lefthander Gregory Soto, recently recalled from Triple-A Toledo, was effectively wild. He walked four batters in four innings, but also avoided the nightmare innings that have plagued him the second time through the order. He was able to dance out of trouble time and again, eventually recording four scoreless innings.
The zeroes didn’t last, though. Nick Ramirez entered in the top of the fifth, and the floodgates opened. Ramirez allowed a pair of singles to the first two hitters he faced, and then Nicholas Castellanos misplayed a routine fly ball, scoring the first run of the game. Jose Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to double Cleveland’s lead, and an infield single off the glove of Dawel Lugo plated a third run for the Tribe. All three runs were earned for Ramirez, as Castellanos’ adventurous route in right field was scored a double.
"A double."— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) June 15, 2019
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The Tigers finally recorded a hit off Indians starter Shane Bieber in the fifth, but did not score until the bottom of the seventh. Christin Stewart led off the inning with a four-pitch walk, and Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera added singles to load the bases. Brandon Dixon followed with a two-run single, bringing the Tigers within one. With two on and still zero outs in the inning, the Tigers had a golden chance to take the lead, but Harold Castro struck out and Ronny Rodriguez grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Indians added a fourth run in the eighth when Leonys Martin stole home against Tigers reliever Victor Alcantara.
The Tigers threatened (sort of) in the eighth when Niko Goodrum doubled off Indians reliever Oliver Perez, but Stewart struck out to end the inning.