Indians cruise past Tigers 8-0 for third straight win

The Indians improve to 53-40 on the season

James Rapien
July 16, 2019 - 11:39 pm
Jul 16, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Oscar Mercado (35) celebrates with shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) after hitting a two run home run in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit:

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians got off to a quick start and didn’t look back in Tuesday’s 8-0 win over the Tigers.

Cleveland scored five runs in the second inning and two more in the third, which put them in position for their third win in a row.

The Indians had five hits in the second inning, including a two-run double from Francisco Lindor and a two-run homer from Oscar Mercado. Mercado has three home runs in his last two games.

Jordan Luplow and Jose Ramirez both doubled to start the third inning to increase the lead to 6-0. Ramirez scored later in the inning on an error by pitcher Ryan Carpenter. Ramirez has a hit in eight straight games and has doubled in three straight contents.

The game was delayed for two hours and seven minutes due to rain. Play resumed at 10:14 p.m.

Zach Plesac didn’t allow a hit in three innings of work. It was his ninth start of the season for the Indians. The 24-year-old didn’t return after the rain delay. His ERA fell to 3.56 this season. Plesac leads the majors with five pick-offs, after catching Victor Reyes sleeping at first base in the first inning.

“He’s got the quickest feet I’ve ever seen,” manager Terry Francona said. His uncle {Dan} told me that, but again, a lot of uncles {talk up their nephews}, you know. He’s right.”

Plesac retired eight straight batters after walking Reyes to start the game. 

The Indians used three relievers after the delay. Tyler Clippard pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit. Nick Goody entered the game in the fifth, tossing two perfect frames and finishing with three strikeouts.Tyler Olson didn’t allow a hit in the final two innings.

The Indians have won three straight games and are 53-40 on the season. The Twins lost to the Mets 3-2, which means the Tribe pulls within five games of Minnesota in the American League Central Division. It’s the closest they’ve been since May 19 when Cleveland trailed by 4½ games.

Rakin’ Naquin – Tyler Naquin continues to make the most of his opportunities when he’s in the lineup. He finished 2-for-3 with a home run. Naquin has two hits in each of the last four games and an extra base hit in three straight contests.

Health Check – Danny Salazar made his second rehab start with Double-A Akron. He allowed one run and three hits in three innings with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 58 pitches (38 strikes). The Indians haven’t decided if Salazar will be a starter or a reliever. They’re waiting until he’s closer to returning to action.

Corey Kluber will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since breaking his forearm in May. The 33-year-old has long tossed and played catch, but he hasn’t thrown off the mound. Kluber will start with 20 fastballs and see how his arm reacts.

Up Next – The Indians continue their series with the Tigers on Wednesday night. Mike Clevinger will get the start for the Tribe. He enters with a 2-2 record and a 3.99 ERA in six starts. Spencer Turnbull will get the ball for Detroit. He’s 3-8 on the year with a 3.59 ERA.