CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians dropped anchor at Comerica Park on Thursday night.
They arrived battered and battered by high winds and heavy seas, not to mention an eight-game losing streak. But Comerica Park was more than just a port in a storm 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 that?
The Indians sent Shane Bieber to the pile and Jose Ramirez to the battery box and turned them over. When it was over, the Indians beat the Tigers, 1
Bieber (8-1, 1.74), a favorite to win AL Cy Young, allowed three runs in 7 2/3 laps. He knocked out ten and went two. The only runs that Bieber allowed came on a three-run homer by former tribe minor leagueer Willi Castro with two out in eighth.
In 11 starts, Bieber leads the big leagues with 116 results in 74 1/3 rounds. He has struck out eight or more strokes in each start and 10 or more in seven starts. It is the second longest stretch of a pitcher with eight or more strokes to open a season in MLB history.
Acting manager Sandy Alomar visited the pile with two out of eight to control Bieber. The Indians led, 10-0, and Bieber was in 114 places. Alomar allowed Bieber to stay, but after Castro visited Cam Hill, he was relieved.
Bieber threw 118 seasons high, 74 for strikes. It matched his longest start to the season.
“Sandy said to me, ‘If I let you pick up this guy, you’ll be up to 120 places, so you better get him,’ ‘Bieber said.” I said absolutely. “It’s frustrating. But at the end of the day we corrected the ship and that’s the most important thing. We got W and it’s on to the next one.”
Ramirez celebrated his 28th birthday in style. He homerated in his first two bats by Casey Mize (0-2, 6.08), Tiger’s best vantage point. Then he added a double as part of a seventh inning with three runs and a single in the eighth to guarantee the Indians their first victory since September 7th. Ramirez went 4-for-5 with two lobsters and four RBIs.
The substitute third baseman hitting .276 has 13 homers and 32 RBIs for the season. He beats .330 (103-for-312) with 17 homers and 68 RBIs in his career against the Tigers.
“First of all, congratulations on Jose Ramirez’s birthday,” Alomar said. He celebrated in a fantastic way. . For some reason he hits very well here. It has nothing to do with who pitches. Mize has pretty decent stuff, but Jose could get after 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 a two-out homer in the first. He hit a 2-1 pitch deep in the right field positions. He did it again in the fourth after a bloop single by Cesar Hernandez to start the round. This time, Ramirez hit a 3-2 pitch in the right field positions for a 3-0 lead.
During their eight-game losing streak, where they tumbled from a first-place draw in AL Central to six games of pace in third place, the Indians were outscored 49-24. It was the famine of the Native American holiday or famine. Thursday night the Indian champions ate well.
“It feels great,” Alomar said of ending the losing streak. “I’m not saying we were far from winning games. Many games were close, abrasive games. We were not offended by any of them. In others, our bullfighting could not hold it.
“The last eight or nine days have not been so good, but the guys continue to fight every day. That’s what matters. You fight and fight and then you get such a game. Hopefully everyone relaxes and we can go the right way. ”
Fighter Franmil Reyes, in a 5-for-42 lead before the series, had a two-run single in the three-run seventh. They were just the second and third RBI for Reyes in the last 13 games. Like Ramirez, Reyes loves to meet the Tigers. He entered Thursday’s game and hit .348 (8-for-23) with four homers and nine RBIs against Detroit this season.
Bieber, who combined with Hill on a four-hitter, felt that the Indians handled the pressure from the losing line well.
“Everyone in this clubhouse may be young, but we are very mature, at least in our thought process,” Bieber said. “We know the more pressure we put on ourselves, it generally does not work so well .. To get in today we had a goal … it was to win.
“It would be nice to enter the post season with a little speed and that is what we are working towards. Many good teams do it, but many hot teams win it. If we can get started now, I think we’ll be in a good place. ”
The Indians send RHP Zach Plesac (3-2, 2.20) against the Tigers and right-handed Michael Fulmer (0-2, 9.27) on Friday night at 7:10. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM and WMMS will carry the game.
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