Nico Gudram doubled, headed to the bunt of Jake Rodgers and scored on a sacrifice fly to Robbie Grossman in the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians, 1–0
Detroit – Nico Gudram doubled, advanced to the bunt of Jake Rogers and scored on a sacrifice fly from Robbie Grossman in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Jose Urena of Detroit gave up three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings before being ruled out with an arm injury in the middle of an at-bat after a brief tour of the mound by an instructor. Jose Cisnero, Michael Fulmer (4-3) and Gregory Soto completed the four-hitter, with Soto making his fifth save.
The Tigers had just three hits. Cal Quantrill (0-1) allowed two overs three innings, with the only run of the game.
Cleveland’s Tristan McKenzie struck out five innings, giving up a single and three walks.
The Tigers ended the four-game losing streak overall and a six-game skid against the Indians.
Detroit’s defense, which was criticized earlier in the day by general manager Al Avila, made some clever plays to keep the game scoreless.
The Tigers had a double play in the second inning and ended it at home with Rogers tagging Josh Naylor, who tried to score first on Owen Miller’s double, with shortstop Niko Gudram for a relay throw After center fielder Akeel Baddu.
Caught a break
The Indians’ right-hander Zach Plesac would not require surgery after breaking a thumb on his pitching hand, while unloading his undershirt after a rough outing.
Indian manager Terry Francona said on Wednesday, “Apart from breaking it, it was a very exciting tour for the doctor.”
Francona said Placac, which is on the 10-day injured list, will be reevaluated every seven to 10 days and is expected to start a throwing regiment in three weeks.
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Avila addressed the Tigers’ shortcomings, virtually speaking to the Detroit Economic Club before the game.
“Our defense has disappointed us,” said Avila.
McKenzie made the most of his opportunity just days after sending Triple-A Columbus with an AL-high 30 walk in 31 1/3 innings.
Francona said before the game that 23-year-old McKenzie, one of the club’s top prospects, would be sent back to the minors, regardless of how he pitched in Detroit.
The teams begin a four-match series on Thursday with Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber (4-3, 3.32) and Detroit’s lefty Matthew Boyd (2-5, 3.08).
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