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Cleveland 8, Tigers 0 : The rain delay was the best part

This is beyond ridiculous, Tigers.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers didn’t show up to play at all, and their AL Central “rivals” had their way with them. The respite of a rain delay was the high point of this one as they fell 8-0.

One of the worst parts about another Ryan Carpenter start is having to describe it without disparaging a guy who by rights shouldn’t even be in this position. Carpenter allowed a walk in the first inning but came through unscathed despite some hard contact. In the second, things came predictably unglued as the Indians dropped a five spot on him punctuated by an Oscar Mercado home run. They came back for two more in the third courtesy of a pair of doubles and a throwing error by Carpenter.

Mercy was engaged at this point by Mother Nature, who cut loose with the rain and forced a delay of over an hour, knocking Carpenter from the game.

When action resumed, Buck Farmer took the mound and settled things down with a pair of scoreless frames. Blaine Hardy allowed a solo shot in the sixth to make it 8-0 Cleveland, while Victor Alcantara pitched around a double to record a scoreless seventh inning, while Daniel Stumpf handled the eighth without issue.

Meanwhile, the offense looked like they came into this one with similar expectations as the fanbase. A Nicholas Castellanos single, and a walk from Victor Reyes was all they could manage offensively. They were never in this one, and they played like it.

Nothing else to say really. The team is bad, sure, but starting Ryan Carpenter is just tanking without admitting it. Or maybe starting him IS admitting it. Whatever, man.