Better than the night the Pistons had, at least.
Indians 6, Tigers 2
Tuesday’s had two distinct story lines. The first was Justin Verlander’s (10 GS, 66 IP, 3.55 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 1.7 fWAR) rocky first trip through the order. It was bad. He allowed a run in the first on three singles and four runs in the second on four hits and a walk before settling in and getting through six innings. He was able to stop the bleeding, but the hole was already quite deep. The bats made an effort, getting a bomb each from Hunter and Avila, but failed to find an open space when they had men on base the rest of the way (Story line #2!). Double plays and good defense kept them from breaking through and Reed surrendered a home run to grow the deficit a touch more. After a great start to the road trip, the Tigers will need to win Wednesday behind Max Scherzer (9 GS, 59 IP, 1.83 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 1.6 fWAR) to avoid the sweep.
The Moment: Avila crushes one to left center field.