Game #51 Observations: Zach Plesac Untouchable in Indians’ 1-0 Win Over Detroit

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The Cleveland Indians’ bats certainly weren’t as thunderous Friday as they were the previous night. However, despite the dramatic drop-off in production, the Tribe was still able to bring home a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Sure, scoring once isn’t as fun as bringing 10 across the plate. However, after the week Cleveland experienced, is anyone really in a place to complain about how it seals a win?

Of course not. Especially when it comes on a night featuring an absolutely stellar performance from Zach Plesac.

The Tribe starter kept Detroit off balance all night long with seven strong innings, ensuring even minimal run support would be enough to secure a victory. It was Plesac’s fourth win on the year, and the Indians’ second straight since bringing an end to their eight-game slump.

The bullpen almost burned Cleveland late in the game, as both James Karinchak and closer Brad Hand made things interesting in their respective appearances.

Karinchak, already dealing with a runner on first when he arrived in the eighth, walked the first batter he faced. However, he got Miguel Cabrera to chase a high fastball, striking him out to end the inning.

Likewise, Hand’s save attempt was put on shaky ground after he allowed a one-out triple to Daz Cameron. Yet, with the tying run 90 feet away, Cleveland’s closer shut the door with two straight K’s.

Here are a few more observations from the victory.

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Casey Drottar is a Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook


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