Perfectly according to plan.
Tigers 5, Indians 4
Kyle Lobstein (4 GS, 27.2 IP, 3.58 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 0.3 fWAR) had one job: Don’t let things get out of hand. He succeeded in doing that despite allowing a two run homer in the first. He would give up two more runs over his five innings and looked a great deal like you would expect a Triple A starter to look. He gave them a chance, and it was a chance they took. They pushed across two in the third and Martinez went deep in the fourth to take the lead 3-2. After Lobstein allowed the tying and go-ahead runs, it looked like the Tigers might be out of luck. Fortunately, a Cabrera walk set up a two out, full count go ahead blast from Alex Avila in the 8th. Joe Nathan allowed a man into scoring position but survived. A sweep will be on the table Sunday afternoon with Justin Verlander (29 GS, 185 IP, 4.82 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 2.6 fWAR) on the bump.
The Moment: Avila hits a go-ahead home run in the 8th.