CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians dropped anchor at Comerica Park on Thursday night.
They arrived battered and battered by strong winds and heavy seas, not to mention eight consecutive defeats. But Comerica Park was more than just a stormy port for the Indians. It was their safe haven.
What better place for them to end their longest losing streak since 2012? What better way to do it?
The Indians sent Shane Bieber to the mound and Jose Ramirez to the batter̵
Bieber (8-1, 1.74), AL Cy Young favorite, conceded three runs in 7 2/3 innings. He hit 10 and walked two. The only runs allowed by Bieber were a three-run homer from former Tribe minor binder Willi Castro with two eliminated in the eighth.
In 11 starts Bieber leads the big leagues with 116 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings. He has knocked out eight or more batters in each start and 10 or more in seven starts. It is the second longest streak by a pitcher with eight or more strikeouts to open a season in MLB history.
Reigning manager Sandy Alomar visited the mound with two out in the eighth to check on Bieber. The Indians were leading, 10-0, and Bieber was 114 shots. Alomar let Bieber stay, but after Castro made a homer, Cam Hill stood up.
Bieber shot 118 shots, 74 for strikes. It corresponded to his longest start of the season.
“Sandy told me,” If I let you go get this guy, you’re going to be on for about 120 shots, so I better get him, “Bieber said.” I said, absolutely. It didn’t. Baseball is baseball. . It’s frustrating. But at the end of the day we straightened the ship and that’s what’s most important. We got the W and move on to the next. “
Ramirez celebrated his 28th birthday in style. He made a homer in his first two at-bats from Casey Mize (0-2, 6.08), the Tigers’ best throwing potential. He then added a double as part of a three-run seventh inning and a single in the eighth to help secure the Indians their first win since Sept. 7. Ramirez went 4 of 5 with two homers and four RBI.
The third baseman hitting the gearbox is hitting .276 has 13 homers and 32 RBI for the season. He is hitting .330 (103 out of 312) with 17 homers and 68 RBI in his career against the Tigers.
“First of all happy birthday to Jose Ramirez,” Alomar said. “He celebrated in style. . For some reason it hits very well here. It has nothing to do with the thrower. Mize has pretty decent things, but Jose was able to get the ball right away. “
The Indians are 4-0 at Comerica Park this season and 63-19 against the Tigers since 2016. Bieber is 2-0 against Detroit this year and 5-1 in his career.
Ramirez gave the Indians a 1-0 lead with an away double in the first. He hit a 2-1 shot deep in the right places. He did it again in the fourth after a single Cesar Hernandez bloop to start the inning. This time Ramirez hit a 3-2 shot in the right seats for a 3-0.
During their eight-game losing streak, in which they went from a draw in first place in AL Central to six games in third place, the Indians were beaten 49-24. That was the famine aspect of the Indian party or the crime of famine. On Thursday night the Indian thugs had a good dinner.
“It’s great,” Alomar said, about ending the losing streak. “I’m not saying we were far from winning games. Many games were close, grinding games. We had no offense in some of them. In others our bullpen just couldn’t keep up.
“The last eight or nine days hasn’t been great, but the kids keep fighting every day. That’s what matters. Fight and fight and then you get a game like this. Hopefully this relaxes everyone and we can run our business. in the right way. “
Battling Franmil Reyes, in a 5 for 42 slip before the series, he had a two run single in the seventh of three runs. They were only the second and third RBI for Reyes in the last 13 games. Like Ramirez, Reyes loves facing the Tigers. He made it into Thursday’s game hitting .348 (8 of 23) with four homers and nine RBI against Detroit this season.
Bieber, who joined Hill on a four-stroke, felt the Indians handled the pressure of the losing streak well.
“Everyone in this club may be young, but we are very mature, at least in our thinking process,” said Bieber. “We know that the greater the pressure we put on ourselves, it generally doesn’t work out that way … Coming to today we had a goal … it was to win.
“It would be nice to go into post-season with some momentum and that’s what we’re working on. A lot of good teams make it, but a lot of hot teams win. If we can go now, I think we’ll be in a good position.”
The Indians will send RHP Zach Plesac (3-2, 2.20) against the Tigers and right-footed Michael Fulmer (0-2, 9.27) on Friday night at 7:10 am. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM and WMMS will carry the game.
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