By Adrienne Goehler
Josh Tomlin was set on cruise control tonight in Detroit throwing 104 pitches and recording a complete game in just his fifth start of the year as they rolled over the Tigers 8-1.
Tomlin, now 4-1, has gone no less than six innings every single start this season with at least five strikeouts. Friday night, he allowed only four hits and recorded six K’s, lowering his season ERA to just 2.55.
The Indians offense forced Tigers LHP Kyle Lobstein out early after just 4 1/3 innings pitched giving up eight hits and six runs.
Cleveland was the first to strike tonight when Jerry Sands lifted one out of left field to put the Tribe up 2-0. Sands also led off the fifth with a triple and the Indians went on to score four in the inning to put the game out of reach. The Tigers lone run came in the sixth when Miguel Cabrera singled to left.
After struggling against the Tigers in the past, Tomlin was asked about his success tonight and he said, “I think just locating. The location was there today and following Yan and again the defense was great.
“I think when they play that good it’s one of those things where you just try to put the ball at the plate on the edges a little bit, try to get as much weak contact as you can and let them play.”
Tonight’s win improved the Indians record to 65-68 as they continue to climb the standings in the wild card.
RHP Danny Salazar vs. RHP Alfredo Simon