The Detroit Tigers lost their seventeenth straight game against the Cleveland Indians in their final game of the 2019 season.
The Detroit Tigers have grown used to losing this season, especially against the Cleveland Indians. Tonight, they lost their seventeenth consecutive game to the club. The season series goes to the Indians 18-1, with Detroit’s only win happening back in April.
Tonight’s game showcased 2019 Detroit at their finest. They loaded the bases in the top of the first inning against Mike Clevinger but couldn’t score a single run. In the bottom half of the inning, Daniel Norris gave up a double and a sacrifice fly to let in a run. Drew VerHagen relieved Norris in the third and gave up an additional six runs over two innings. These seven runs would hold up and Cleveland would take the game 7-0.
Detroit’s offense got off to a nice start, but couldn’t capitalize. After the first, they didn’t really have much going for them until the ninth, where they also were unable to drive in a run. Miguel Cabrera had two hits and snapped an 0-for-16 stretch, which was nice, but outside of that, there weren’t many offensive highlights for the Tigers.
Edwin Jackson, Matt Hall, and Victor Alcantara all had solid outings from the pen. The three of them combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless ball. They each gave up one walk, and Jackson had a strikeout. In a game full of misery for Detroit, the bullpen at least did their job fairly well against a tough Cleveland offense.
Now that the Tigers are rid of the Indians for the season, they will head back home to for a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Jordan Zimmermann will make the start tomorrow for Detroit, and he is still looking for that elusive second win on the year. The White Sox are another struggling team, so it should be a good opportunity for Zimmermann.