Their frustration started before Skubal left, though.
The Tigers came into the game as the lowest run-producing team in baseball (2.81 runs per game). But they were facing against Guardians right-hander Aaron Civale, who had yielded more earned runs (27) than any pitcher in baseball.
You figured something might give. Nope.
Civale, who is now 7-0 in his career against the Tigers, shut them out for six innings, allowing two hits.
Civale left the game with one out and two on in the seventh. He was grabbing at the back of his left leg. He misplayed a ball by Jeimer Candelario and fell awkwardly as he tried to shuffle the ball to first base with his glove.
The Guardians announced it was a cramp in his glute.
Spencer Torkelson, who had doubled in the second inning, hit a sacrifice fly to knock in the Tigers’ run.
The game was managed by bench coaches. For Cleveland, DeMarlo Hale stepped in for Terry Francona who had a minor medical procedure done on Friday. For Detroit, Lombard stepped in for AJ Hinch, who was ill (non-COVID) and went back to the hotel.©2022 www.detroitnews.com. Visit at detroitnews.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.