Bauer Rocked, Tribe Bats Mostly Silent in 7-6 Loss to Tigers: Three Takeaways From the Loss
CLEVELAND - Let's just say this week has not been a good one for the Tribe.
After losing two out of three against the Chicago, the Indians welcomed the Detroit Tigers for the first time this season, who was owned by the Indians just last year.
Everything went right for the Tigers all night long, from the pitching side to the offensive end. Here are the three takeaways from tonight's Indians 7-6 loss as they fall to 4-6 of the season.
3. Trevor Bauer gets rocked
Once again it wasn't a good night for starting pitchers as the Tigers enjoyed hitting off Trevor Bauer tonight. Trevor completed five-plus innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and striking out six.
It all started in the second inning when Jose Iglesias hit an infield single to score Justin Upton.
Then the Tigers extended their lead as Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer to right to give Detroit a 4-0 advantage.
The Tigers were not done with Trevor just yet as Alex Avila, who has had success in his career against Bauer, jacked a two-run homer to left field to make it 6-0, ending the night for the Tribe starter.
2. No success against Daniel Norris
Lefty Daniel Norris took the mound for the Tigers and he was cruising. The Indians offense couldn't do much against Norris, putting up just three hits and striking out five times.
Though the Indians did threaten in the fourth, they were not able to get any runs across. The Tribe did get a run in off of Justin Wilson, but mostly the bats stayed quiet this evening despite Lonnie Chisenhall hitting a pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning to make the final look respectable.
1. The first inning gets a little chippy
Home plate umpire Clint Fagan warned both benches after Tigers first basemen Miguel Cabrera starting barking at the Indians when the first inning concluded. Trevor Bauer pitched to Cabrera a high heater up and in during his first at-bat, making the Tigers slugger none too happy.
Both managers came out on the field looking for an explanation but the game went smooth from that point going forward.
The same teams will continue their three-game series on Saturday as they go on national television on Fox Sports One. The Indians will have Corey Kluber on the mound as Justin Verlander will pitch for the Tigers.
First pitch is set for 4:10