Cleveland Indians Franmil Reyes was the designated hitter in the lineup Friday night and he certainly lived up to that designation as he blasted two home runs in leading the Tribe to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. The Tribe stands even at 3-3 on the season. Tribe pitcher Zach Plesac certainly looked like a number two pitcher in the rotation as he set down six Tigers with strikeouts and only gave up three hits in seven innings of work.
Reyes and the Tribe got going quickly in this game, which has been unusual these first six games of the season as their offense has been stagnant. The Tribe got a two-run homer from Reyes in the first inning to take the early lead. In the sixth inning, Reyes went deep again blasting a shot to straightaway center. The blast was reminiscent of Tribe great Jim Thome’s home runs to deep center over the trees at Progressive Field (then Jacobs Field).
Tribe pitcher Bryan Shaw worked the 8th inning, giving up a home run to Tiger Wilson Ramos, for the Tigers’ lone run on the night.
Tribe reliever Emmanuel Clase worked the 9th inning, getting his first save of the season shutting the Tigers down, including two strikeouts.