Indians 9, Tigers 3
After a few weird outings, Anibal Sanchez (17 GS, 100.2 IP, 3.22 ERA, 2.86 FIP, 2.7 fWAR) looked much more like himself during the first game from the All-Star break, unfortunately the Indians attack came all at once. Sanchez cruised through the first six innings and even after allowing three singles and a walk without registering an out in the 7th, he still finished the day with seven strikeouts, one walk, and six hits to go with his four runs. The strikeouts were an excellent sign and the only thing that hurt him was that four of the seven baserunners clustered together and then, you know, the bullpen opened the door for the remaining runners. The Tigers threatened heavily in the 3rd but scored only one run and grabbed two in the 4th, but didn’t add on or rally back to mitigate the Indians 7 run 7th. The Tigers won’t have long to stew over this one, as they’ll play two on Saturday with Drew VerHagen (MLB Debut) making his MLB debut in Game 1.
The Moment: Jackson makes a tremendous running catch over his shoulder in left center.