With an 8-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, the Detroit Tigers fell victims to a sweep in the weekend series at Comerica Park.
Sunday’s blowout loss was just salt in the wound of what was already a rough weekend for the Detroit Tigers. Outscored 25-6 in the series, Detroit was clearly no match for a Cleveland Indians team that was firing on all cylinders, or at least just taking advantage of playing against the Tigers.
Indians ace Trevor Bauer tossed a complete game shutout and allowed just four hits to help Cleveland trounce the Tigers yet again on Sunday afternoon. Bauer is on a hot streak and coming back into form as one of the better aces in the American League, but Detroit’s offense was struggling to get anything going at the plate all weekend.
Of all Tigers hitters this weekend, Brandon Dixon probably had the best time at the plate against Cleveland. Dixon had a solo home run on Friday night and brought in two RBI in Saturday’s 4-2 loss.
Miguel Cabrera had a decent weekend at the plate as well, although he was held out of Sunday’s contest. Miggy went 3-4 on Saturday and had a solo home run on Friday night. These types of performances, however, are really the only bright spots we can look at for what was a pretty dismal weekend.
In addition to Bauer’s dominant Sunday, Cleveland’s Shane Bieber handled the Tigers with relative ease on Saturday. In 7.2 IP, Detroit managed to notch just two runs on four hits against the righty.
Overall, an already struggling Tigers offense looked as close as possible to its absolute worst self this weekend. They were challenged with some tough pitching from Cleveland, but really there seemed to be little effort at all to do much of anything in the batter’s box this weekend.
2019 has been and will continue to be a season of ups and downs for the Detroit Tigers, and this weekend was a pretty rough low point. Being swept by a division rival is tough but at this point every loss serves a purpose.