Indians 8, Tigers 2 (box)
Possibly the line of the night, courtesy of radio play-by-play man Tom Hamilton, Dontrelle Willis’ lack of control allowed last night’s game to be over by the end of the first inning.
Don’t be mislead. The Indians may have scored eight runs in the game, but they only amassed six total hits – two of which were of the home run variety. Thankfully, Willis’ five walks allowed for eight earned runs in only an inning and a third. The Tribe couldn’t even touch the Detroit relievers, but this time we did not have to.
Willis’ wildness allowed for Cliff Lee to notch his 10th win of the season, as he struck out five in five innings of work. He likely would have been in the game for a bit longer, as he had only tossed 88 pitches to that point, but Mother Nature had other ideas. After about an hour rain delay, Eric Wedge handed the ball to the bullpen some low-pressure reps.
The trio of Rafael Perez, Rafael Betancourt and Masa Kobayashi combined for four innings of one-hit ball. I’m not quite sure where this production was over the past two games, but at least they showed a sign of life last night.
Our 11-game road stint has now come to an end. The team finished 5-6 and stand eight and a half games out of first place.
“We’re starting to get deep into the season,” [Cliff] Lee said. “It’s time for us to turn things around. I feel we’re playing hard and trying to do everything right. We’ve just had a lot of things not going our way.”
To say that things “aren’t going our way” is a massive understatement to this point. Our designated hitter isn’t hitting. Our starting pitchers are dropping like flies. Our outfield is dropping…flies. Our bullpen isn’t finshing games. We’ve just called up a guy because he’s hitting .255 in Triple-A. Two fifty-five!
There are plenty of people screaming to blow up the team, while others seem to have a bit more confidence that they can turn this thing around. I’m not sure if they’ll be able to squeeze tonight’s game in with all of this rain, but there is really no better time than the present. The Twins are only two games ahead of us, are 12-17 on the road and have lost five straight. A solid series puts us right back into second place.
It ain’t over yet…