The Detroit Tigers returned home after a day off to play against the Cleveland Indians and ended up losing by a large margin in the first game.
After dropping the series in Minnesota, the Detroit Tigers returned home today to face another division rival, the Cleveland Indians. Detroit got absolutely destroyed in their first game back, losing the game 10-1 and only getting three hits on the night.
Spencer Turnbull got the start for the Tigers tonight and went 5.0 innings giving up four earned runs. He gave up three of the runs in the first inning and had to evade jams again in the third inning. It was definitely not his best outing of the year, but he was able to escape too much damage.
Unfortunately, the bullpen was not able to contain the Indians after Turnbull came out. Nick Ramirez made a costly error in the seventh which led to six runs scoring on the inning, and only one of them earned. Fielding is something Detroit will have to work on in the offseason because it has certainly been a problem throughout the year.
Even if the bullpen would have held the Indians to five runs, they still would have lost due to their lackluster night at the plate. They had a big opportunity with the bases loaded early in the game, but Victor Reyes was robbed of a hit by a great defensive courtesy of Oscar Mercado. Outside of this, the bats were quiet all night.
Detroit and Cleveland play again tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m. EST. Jordan Zimmermann will get the start for Detroit. He only has one win on the year so far, but he has looked a lot better his last few outings and has dropped his ERA down to 6.48. He will look to continue throwing better and hope that his offense can score some runs for him.