Trevor Bauer took the mound and kept the Tigers offense in check as the Indians finished off the four game sweep of Detroit.
The Cleveland Indians completed their four game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 6-3 win on Thursday. Trevor Bauer allowed three runs in 6.2 innings on five hits while walking two and striking out 10. Things got a bit dicey in the seventh as Bauer was not able to finish off the inning. With two men on and two out Oliver Perez came on and got Victor Reyes to fly out to center. This ended Detroit’s attempt to tie the game or even take the lead. Adam Cimber came on in the eighth after Perez allowed one hit and worked two thirds of inning. Brad Hand came on for the save with two outs in the eighth. Hand allowed one hit but struck out four batters securing the win for the Indians.
Jordan Luplow got things started for Cleveland in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run off of Matthew Boyd. This was Luplow’s eighth home run off a left-handed pitcher this season. After Bauer surrendered two home runs to the Tigers, Cleveland trailed but not for long. Tyler Naquin tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Cleveland took the lead for good with a two-run shot off the bat of Jose Ramirez. Ramirez has six extra-base hits in his last six games (four doubles, two home runs). The final run of the game was scored when Ramirez hit into a fielder’s choice to center field. Oscar Mercado scored to give Cleveland a comfortable three run lead.
Cleveland has now won five consecutive games and eight of their last 10. The Indians will look to continue their success when the Royals come to town this weekend.