As bad as this season has appeared to be, the Indians are back to .500. Sure, having an even record just means you win as much as you lose, but as far down as the Indians were in the win column compared to the loss column, getting back to .500 was a pretty amazing second half feat. Kudos to the Tribe players!
Saturday nights’ win against the Detroit Tigers culminated the climb back to .500. Jeremy Sowers picked up the win, surrendering five hits and a run on six innings of work. He worked himself out of trouble early and settled later for the victory.
Detroit opened the game with an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Placido Polanco doubled with one out, and moved to third on a Sowers’ wild pitch. Sowers got Magglio Ordonez to ground out, but that scored Polanco from third for the 1-0 lead.
The Indians answered in the bottom half of the first, as Justin Verlander started the game wild. He hit Jamey Carroll, walked Shin-Soo Choo, and allowed the runners to move up on his wild pitch. Jhonny Peralta grounded out, but scored Carroll, tying the game at one.
The Indians took the lead in the bottom of the second. Kelly Shoppach doubled and moved to third on a Ryan Garko ground out. After Franklin Gutierrez walked, Verlander was called for a balk and Shoppach walked home.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Indians opened up a 4-1 lead, scoring a pair on three hits. Garko and Sizemore singled, and Carroll walked loading the bases for Choo. He drove both Garko and Sizemore home on an infield single of all things.
The Tigers narrowed the gap to 4-3 on a Curtis Granderson home run after Ryan got on first. Rafael Betancourt gave up the Ryan single and Rafeal Perez gave up the homer.
The Indians upped the lead to 6-3 in the bottom half of the seventh, taking advantage once again of the walk. Shoppach walked, Garko singled, and Cabrera singled, scoring both Shoppach and Garko and rounding out the scoring for the game.
Jenson Lewis registered his eleventh save of the year to close out the ninth.
The Indians last home game of the season is Sunday at 1:05. Dontrelle Willis (0-1, 8.82 ERA) takes on Indians lefty Scott Lewis.