The Cleveland Indians found themselves waiting out a second straight rain delay but were still able to defeat the Detroit Tigers 8-0.
Offense was not a problem for the Cleveland Indians Tuesday. The Tribe raced out to an early 7-0 lead by the bottom of the third inning. Jake Bauers drove in the first run with an RBI single. Francisco Lindor doubled to bring home Bauers and Tyler Naquin. Oscar Mercado continued his home run streak by hitting another big fly, his third in the last two games. Facing the Tigers has been quite helpful for Mercado as he has gone 4-9 in the series with three home runs and four RBI’s.
Jose Ramirez continued his hot streak with an RBI double. Ramirez has now hit in eight straight games and nine of the past 10. During the past 10 games Ramirez is slashing .310/.318/.619/.937 with four doubles, three home runs and 10 runs driven in. It certainly seems like Ramirez has returned to form. Something that the Indians desperately needed.
Ramirez would score on a fielding error which saw Jason Kipnis reach base.
Another rain delay came at the absolute worst time
This meant that Zach Plesac’s day was done. The two hour rain delay prematurely ended his start as he only went three innings Plesac did not allow a hit in his brief start, although he did walk one batter and strike out one.
The game became a bullpen affair due to the rain delay. Tyler Clippard allowed the only Tigers hit of the game during his two innings of work. Clippard also managed to strike out two batters. Nick Goody earned the win, pitching two innings and striking out three.
Tyler Naquin hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth for the Indians final run of game to make it 8-0.
Brad Hand got the night off as Tyler Olson pitched the final two innings and struck out two. Hand was not really a candidate to see some work due to the score and his use in the past few days. Hand could be used if a save situation occurs over the next games.
There were only two hitters in the Indians lineup who did not record a hit. Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez. Both went 0-4 on the day but did not strike out.