The Detroit Tigers continue to be one of the most difficult teams to get a gage on and one of the most frustrating teams to watch.
Tuesday night the Tigers, who are in the midst of an American League Central pennant race with the Chicago White Sox made another mediocre to bad pitcher look like a consistent All-Star. This time Indians starter Justin Masterson feasted on Tigers hitters as he tossed five scoreless innings in a 3-2 Indians victory.
The final line on Masterson was two runs on only four hits in 6 innings of work as he entered tonight’s game with an ERA on the better side of five.
Tigers starters Rick Porcello wasn’t great but did enough to give his team a chance to win as he gave up three runs on eight hits in 5 and 2/3rds innings. But those three run were all Cleveland would need as a still serviceable Tribe bullpen held the Tigers scoreless for three innings.
The only runs the Tigers could produce against a Cleveland team that’s been in a tailspin since the All-Star break was a two-run home run off the bat of Miguel Cabrera in the sixth inning. Other than that the Tigers hitters were off cue all night as four of the Tigers’ nine starters managed a hit in the game.
Cleveland was 0-10-1 in its last 11 series. This will be the first winning series for the Indians since they took two of three from Detroit from July 24-26.
Detroit though remained one game behind the White Sox for first place in the Central Division after Chicago was throttled by the Minnesota Twins 18-9.
h/t: Associated Press