Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 9/14/12

So this one was pretty much over in the first inning, right? Justin Verlander against Corey Kluber isn’t really fair, and after Detroit scored 2 in the first, then 2 more in the second, this one was over.

Kudos to the bullpen — Chris Seddon and Frank Herrmann — at least, for settling the score at that. But Verlander went a very solid seven innings and the abysmal Indians offense couldn’t muster anything.

Top 1st: Detroit - D. Young singled to shallow center, M. Cabrera scored, P. Fielder to second - B. Boesch singled to shallow center, P. Fielder scored, D. Young to second Top 2nd: Detroit - A. Jackson doubled to shallow right, A. Avila scored - M. Cabrera singled to shallow center, A. Jackson scored  Detroit AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg A. Jackson cf 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 .307 A. Dirks lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .313 M. Cabrera 3b 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .329 P. Fielder 1b 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .306 D. Young dh 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 .271 B. Boesch rf 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .247     A. Garcia rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .294 J. Peralta ss 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 .253 A. Avila c 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .242 O. Infante 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .255  Totals 34 4 8 4 0 2 10 0 7  Batting 2B - A Jackson (25, C Kluber); B Boesch (22, C Kluber). RBI - A Jackson (58), M Cabrera (119), D Young (63), B Boesch (53). 2-out RBI - M Cabrera, D Young, B Boesch. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - D Young 1, J Peralta 1. Team LOB - 6.  Fielding DP - 1 (J Verlander-J Peralta-P Fielder).  Cleveland AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg S. Choo rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .280 J. Kipnis 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 .253 C. Santana c 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250 R. Canzler lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .262 C. Kotchman 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .227 L. Chisenhall 3b 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .289 M. LaPorta dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .233 E. Carrera cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 .255 J. Donald ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .191     B. Lillibridge ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .187  Totals 32 0 6 0 0 2 7 0 18  Batting 2B - C Santana (27, J Verlander); L Chisenhall (3, J Verlander). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - S Choo 1, C Kotchman 2, E Carrera 1, J Donald 2. GIDP - C Santana. Team LOB - 8.  Fielding Outfield assists - R Canzler.  Detroit IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA J. Verlander (W, 14-8) 7.0 6 0 0 1 6 0 1.05 2.82 J. Benoit 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.09 3.30 J. Valverde 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.22 3.56  Cleveland IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA C. Kluber (L, 1-4) 5.0 8 4 4 2 5 0 1.67 5.48 C. Seddon 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.37 4.10 F. Herrmann 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.03 3.86 HBP - J Donald (by J Verlander); P Fielder (by C Kluber). Pitches-strikes - J Verlander 110-77; J Benoit 19-12; J Valverde 11-6; C Kluber 92-55; C Seddon 24-20; F Herrmann 24-16. Ground balls-fly balls - J Verlander 10-7; J Benoit 1-1; J Valverde 0-3; C Kluber 9-5; C Seddon 2-1; F Herrmann 0-4. Batters faced - J Verlander 28; J Benoit 3; J Valverde 4; C Kluber 25; C Seddon 6; F Herrmann 6. Game Details Umpires: HP–Wally Bell. 1B–Mike Winters. 2B–Mark Wegner. 3B–Brian Knight.
Weather: 63 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, in from center.
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