Tigers 2, Indians 7

Detroit
Tigers vs Cleveland Indians

Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Sunday, July 18, 2010

GAME 90
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TIGERS (48-42) 0
0 0 0
0 2
0 0 0 2 7
1
INDIANS (38-54) 3
0
0 2
0 0
1
1
7
10 1

WIN:
Jeanmar Gomez (1-0)    LOSS: Andy Oliver (0-4)
WEATHER
: Partly Cloudy 83   TIME: 2:44   ATTENDANCE
19,102

A
small crowd of just over 19-thousand fans saw an inside the park home
run, and watched the Cleveland Indians sweep a four game series from the
Detroit Tigers for the first time in 19 years on Sunday, 7-2.

Indians
third baseman, Jhonny Peralta hit a ball out to center and Ryan Raburn
tried to play it off of the Indians bullpen entrance — instead falling
through the gate, while the ball got away and Peralta rounded the bases.

It is
never a fun thing to watch your team get swept by another. But this was
especially hard to witness because the losses have come at the hands of a
team that is in last place — and for a reason. Our one-time Central
Division nemeses do not play well.

But
they took advantage of the Detroit Tigers struggles this weekend, and
capitalized on their road woes. The Tigers have played poorly while they
are on the road, 16-29.

The
loss is the fifth in a row for Detroit.

We weren’t ready to play, and that’s my responsibility,” said
Tigers manager Jim Leyland. It was surprising, but there’s no need to
over-analyze it. It’s not rocket science. We just got our [rear ends]
kicked.

It is
too bad that I have heard that come from Jim Leyland far too many times.
Why wasn’t this team ready to play? That’s my question.

In the
meantime, the red-hot White Sox were cooled down by the Minnesota
Twins, losing three of four games this weekend. So while Detroit was
losing to the Indians, they weren’t losing much ground to Chicago.
Unfortunately, the Twins were gaining. They are tied with Detroit for
second place.

The
good news, if there is any, is the Tigers are back home at Comerica Park
beginning tomorrow night. Their home record has been an impressive
32-13.

The Tigers host
the Rangers for three games and the Blue Jays for four games in next
week’s home stand. Jeremy Bonderman will start tomorrow night for
Detroit.

SKIP’S
NOTES

The
Tigers brought back Rick Porcello to pitch in Saturday’s night-cap.
Although the Tigers lost, 2-1, in a game delayed almost two hours by
rain, Porcello looked good. Pitching eight innings, he gave up only one
run (a home run to Carlos Santana in the fourth) and struck out six
batters. He walked no one.

To
make room on the roster for Porcello, the Tigers sent pitcher Daniel
Schlereth down to Toledo.

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