The Detroit Tigers fell to the Indians 8-0 in Cleveland on Tuesday night behind pitcher Ryan Carpenter, with an extreme lack of hitting and a costly error highlighting the blowout loss.
Ryan Carpenter and the Detroit Tigers took a harsh and wet defeat in Cleveland after the left-handed starter gave up 7 runs in the first three innings. The game went into a two hour rain delay and after that the Tigers couldn’t manage to put together any offense, getting only one hit all game.
This will likely be a season that Carpenter wants to forget. After Tuesday night, he is 1-6 while posting a 9.30 ERA. He has already spent time in the minors this season and was looking to get things back on track tonight. This performance will not earn him any favor as he was quickly sent back down to Triple-A following the loss. On top of his lack of command, he also made a costly error that allowed two additional runs to score.
Carpenter isn’t the only one to blame here, however. A ball that looked to be foul took an unfortunate bounce off of Brandon Dixon’s glove at first base and was called fair. This turned into a double and opened up a two out rally for the tribe in the second. With the kind of season, the Detroit Tigers are having so far this seems about par for the course.
Only getting one hit in nine innings is not going to win you many games either. The Tigers were swinging hot bats over the last few games, scoring 12 against Kansas City on Sunday and 6 against Cleveland Monday night. There have been some positive signs for the offense over these games, but they couldn’t get it going in this one.
The Tigers will play Cleveland again Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. EST with Spencer Turnbull scheduled to take the hill. Turnbull has a poor record of 3-8, but he has posted a respectable 3.59 ERA up to this point. It will also be interesting to see if the offense is able to bounce back after Tuesday night’s drought.