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Detroit Tigers Lose 11th Straight to Tribe 12-1

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Jul 5, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) waits to give up the ball during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) waits to give up the ball during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Detroit Tigers lost once again to the Cleveland Indians 12-1. For those who are keeping track, the Tigers are now 0-11 against the Indians and are now 7.5 games back in the American League Central. Cleveland’s bats were loud and every one of the Tigers’ pitchers floundered in their role.

Everything Tigers’ fans expected to happen in a game started by Anibal Sanchez and Carlos Carrasco. Sanchez pitched the Tigers into a hole and Carrasco buried the Tigers in that hole and never let them escape.

This game was just as bad as the final score looked. Anibal Sanchez finished with a final line of 4.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 6 K. Buck Farmer followed that up by surrendering 3 runs in 2.2 innings. Mark Lowe entered the game and promptly surrendered another home run, his 10th in 27 innings of work.

Sanchez’s control was iffy at best and his fastball command highly inconsistent. When he set hitters up with fastball command, he was able to bury them with his changeup. The issue was his fastball command was not good enough to do it on a consistent basis.

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The Tigers’ bats do not escape scrutiny. The Tigers had 3 hits and 4 walks before the 9th inning while the game was relevant. The only 3 hits came from Victor Martinez, Justin Upton, and Mike Aviles. The walks came from freshly All-Star snubbed Ian Kinsler, Jarrod Saltalamacchia who entered the game as a substitute, and Mike Aviles once again.

Miguel Cabrera could have been on that list, but his night was cut short due to a disagreement with Tim Timmons. In the top of the 6th inning, Cabrera hit a foul ball off of his shin and was thrown out at first on the play after the ball was called fair.

Since foul balls in front of the umpires cannot be reviewed, Cabrera took matters into his own hands and let Tim Timmons know he disagreed with his judgement. Timmons, who had already ejected Cabrera twice in his career and once in Cleveland, let Cabrera state his case and ejected him for the third time.

The only positive that came out of this game was Ian Kinsler was entered into the Final Vote for the All-Star Game.

Next: Making Sense of the All-Star Omissions

These two teams will mercifully end their series with a rare 12:00 Wednesday afternoon start. Michael Fulmer will take the mound for the Tigers to try to put a Band-Aid on the shotgun wound that this season series has begun. Josh Tomlin who is 9-1 on the season will oppose Fulmer and try to stretch the Tribe’s win streak to 12.

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