The Indians were swept by the Tigers, ending their five game winning streak. Coming into the series with a 2.5 game lead in the A.L. Central, the Indians are now just half a game ahead of the Tigers for first place.
The Tigers came into the series losing four of their past five games. On Tuesday, Michael Brantley brought Michael Bourn home on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, giving the Tribe its only run. Corey Kluber was on the mound for the Indians on Tuesday and had a pretty solid outing with the exception of one pitch. That pitch came in the sixth inning where he surrendered a two run homerun to Miguel Cabrera. Kluber began the game with five-shutout innings before the Indians lost their lead to the best hitter in baseball, eventually helping the Tigers to a 5-1 win.
Last night, the Indians welcomed back Ubaldo, the old Ubaldo that they thought they had gotten rid of. Jimenez gave up six runs on seven hits in four innings, giving the Tigers the 11-7 win. With two rain delays, the game ended at 12:28 am. Justin Verlander allowed five runs on ten hits in five innings, striking out nine. Verlander just became the second Cy Young winner to beat the Tribe this season. With the Tigers leading 9-5 in the fifth inning, the game was delayed for 62 minutes. Had the game been rained out, it would have been thrown out if five full innings hadn’t been completed per MLB rules. The Indians gave Drew Smyly some trouble in the sixth inning. Yan Gomes opened the inning with a homer to left and Michael Brantley drove in Mike Aviles, bringing the game within two runs. After another rain delay around 11 pm, Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Rich Hill. Bourn had his glove on the ball but he let it slip over the fence, basically securing the win for the Tigers.
Off the field, Chris Perez deleted his Twitter account on Monday night, after he gave up a homer to Seattle in the ninth. Perez even released a statement explaining why he deleted the account.
''The decision to deactivate my Twitter account was a personal choice I made in order to maintain the greater focus on the success of the team this season and our shared goals moving forward,'' he said. ''We have an extremely positive and supportive group of players, coaches and staff members in our clubhouse and I want to participate in activities and routines that contribute positively to the culture we're building here.
''Out of respect for my teammates, I want to minimize any potential off-the-field distractions so this is the only time I will comment on this topic. Thank you for your understanding.''
Chris Perez is by far the most vocal member of the team. People heavily criticized Perez for being too sensitive to see fans’ negative tweets following a bad game. But hey, if this means that he’ll spend more time focused and less time calling fans out and defending himself on Twitter then this move can only have a positive outcome.
The Indians have a tough stretch ahead of them. The Indians are at Boston, at Cincinnati, play the Reds at home, welcome Tampa Bay, they are at New York facing the Yankees, are at Detroit and then are at Texas facing the Rangers. The Tribe’s long road trip starts today in Boston. First pitch is at 7:10.