The Detroit Tigers suffered a second tough loss in a row on Friday night, this time at the hands of the Cleveland Indians falling 13-4 at Comerica Park.
Back to back home runs from Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Dixon tied the game at two in the second inning, but after that, it was pretty much downhill for the Detroit Tigers on Friday. The Tigers were able to jump out to a 3-2 lead in the third, but an eight-run fourth inning for Cleveland blew the game out of the water.
Tigers starter Ryan Carpenter took the losing decision in his second rough start in a row. Carpenter surrendered eight runs, six of them earned, on eight hits in just three innings to bump his season ERA up to a dismal 8.82. Friday night also marked the lefty’s second consecutive start allowing eight runs.
Thursday’s dud of a performance in Omaha followed by Friday night’s blowout in the Motor City marked two rough nights in a row for Detroit Tigers fans. At this point, unfortunately, it feels almost as if this is what we have come to expect.
The reason we’ve come to expect performances like this is because of the team’s current rebuilding state. However, some tough news in regards to the rebuild came out on Friday as well.
After leaving his start for Double-A Erie on Thursday with an apparent shoulder injury, top pitching prospect Casey Mize was officially placed on the minor league IL on Friday according to ESPN. After undergoing an MRI, Mize is officially being placed on the IL with minor posterior shoulder inflammation, which is thankfully less serious than what Detroit Tigers fans feared.
Mize is currently the third-ranked prospect in all of baseball and the highest-ranked pitcher on MLB Pipeline’s list of top prospects. Friday’s news was a little bit rough, but it hopefully doesn’t end up being any sort of major blow to Mize’s progress.
It’s been a rough couple of days for Detroit fans, but this season has already had its share of rough patches with surely more to come. Luckily, it doesn’t seem like a major blow to the rebuild has been dealt and hopefully, the Tigers can find some ways to at least not keep getting blown out on a regular basis.