Cleveland, OH (WKZO) – After two rain delays totaling 109 minutes the Tigers finally defeated the Cleveland Indians 11-7, five hours and 24 minutes after the first pitch was thrown.
The struggles continued for Justin Verlander on Wednesday but he was able to pick up his fifth win of the season. Verlander had allowed 11 ERs over 7 2/3 innings in his past two starts and he wasn’t much better against the Indians, giving up five runs and 10 hits over five innings. He did strike out nine and walked only a single batter. Verlander recorded the final two outs in the fifth inning after the first rain delay and was done for the night. Drew Smyly replaced Verlander in the sixth and gave up two runs.
Miguel Cabrera continued to punish anyone who is foolish enough to pitch to him, going 2 for 4 and connecting on his fifth home run in three games with a little help from Indians centerfielder Michael Bourn. Bourn looked to have caught the deep fly ball in the eighth inning but the ball bounced out of his glove and over the fence at Progressive Field. Cabrera is now first in batting average and RBIs and second in home runs in the AL. (.387 BA, 13 HR, 52 RBI).
The first rain delay occurred with one out in the bottom half of the fifth with the Tigers up 9-2 and lasted 62 minutes. The second delay happened at the end of the seventh with the Tigers in the lead 9-7 and lasted 47 minutes.
The Tigers bullpen retired the final 10 Indian batters to end the game. Every Tiger had a hit except Victor Martinez. Martinez did however drive in two runs, both on sac flies. The Tigers welcome the Minnesota Twins to Comerica Park for four games starting on Thursday night. Rick Porcello(2-2, 5.92 ERA) takes the mound for Detroit vs. Twins lefty Scott Diamond (3-4, 4.99)