CLEVELAND – When Bradley Zimmer drove the first, and perhaps only, hit ball of the night in the bullpen in right center field, the two-run cushion he gave Corey Kluber seemed almost insurmountable. 19659002] It was.
Kluber struck out 13 batters in eight dominant innings when the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Monday night at Progressive Field.
Although the snow gusts decreased before the game, the temperature hovered at 33 degrees during the night. But Kluber could have been so dominant on a hot summer day.
Only allowed two singles and one walk. Only two other balls came out of the box. Eight of his 13 strikeouts were in called third punches.
Tigres starter Francisco Liriano retired the first 10 Indians he faced and had a game without hits in 4 2/3 innings. But Yan Gomes hit a two-out single in the fifth and Zimmer crushed a slider at 417 feet to provide the game's only score.
* If the Indians take three of four of the Tigers this week, it will be their 14th consecutive series victory against divisional opponents. That would set a new MLB record, according to STATS, Inc. The divisional game began in 1969.
* Tigers reliever Buck Farmer left after facing three batters in the seventh inning. He fell awkwardly into two separate fields and seemed to indicate discomfort in the lower abdomen or hip.
The team said that it had a spasm in the left hip and it is day to day.
* Tigers wide receiver James McCann is now 0-for-12 in his career against Kluber after striking out three times on Monday.
* Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire became an emerging hitter for strategic reasons for the first time this season when he lifted left-hander Leonys Martin in the ninth inning for right-hander JaCoby Jones to face left-handed Indian Andrew Miller.
Jones arrived at the base after being hit by a pitch.
* Kluber has recorded double-digit strikeouts 40 times in his career.
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The Tigers and Indians meet again on Tuesday at 6:10 p.m. Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd (0-1, 1.50 ERA) will face Indian right-hander Josh Tomlin (0-1, 24.00).