Nick Castellanos went 3-for-5 on Monday
Castellanos' three singles were part of the Tigers twenty-hit, twelve-run Labor Day party. Sluggers Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera were doing the heavy lifting in this one, but Castellanos allowed the bottom of the lineup to keep things moving. On the year, he's slashing .266/.313/.412.
David Price tossed seven innings of one-run ball on Monday.
In Price's seven innings of work, he walked just two and struck out eight while scattering eight hits. Price was facing off with Indians' ace Corey Kluber, but what looked like a fun pitching match-up quickly dissipated into the winds of September, as Kluber was shelled. The lone run on Price's line came in the very first inning, on an RBI-double by Carlos Santana. Detroit ended up winning 12-1. Price has had his ups and downs with the Tigers, but starts like Labor Day's are the reason why they acquired the lefty. Between the Tigers and Rays, Price has a 3.25 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
Corey Kluber lasted just two and two-third innings while surrendering five runs to the Tigers on Monday.
Well that was unexpected. Kluber struck out two, walked two and allowed seven hits, but the home runs were his real undoing. He gave up a two-run home run to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning, then served up back-to-back home runs to Victor Martinez (two-run blast) and J.D. Martinez (solo shot) with two outs in the third, driving him from the game. Kluber had only given up two home runs total over his previous nine starts combined. He'll just have to put blinders on to this one. On the year, he's been one of the best pitchers in baseball, having struck out 215 in 195+ innings to go with a 2.72 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He'll look for better results when he faces the White Sox in his next start.
Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-5 on Monday.
Both hits were singles. Grandal also scored a run. Despite having a name that reminds one of reading 'Beowulf' in high school, Grandal has not shown the ability to set fear into the hearts of men this season. He has mostly been slayed by his starting pitching foes, slashing just .211/.306/.370.
Kevin Quackenbush pitched a scoreless ninth inning and notched his second save of the season on Monday.
Quackenbush was finishing off the win for Padres starter Tyson Ross. He took Ross' cue and struck out people, K-ing the side without allowing a hit. Quackenbush isn't the Padres closer (Joaquin Benoit would be that), but he'll try to prove that he can make the most of his opportunities over the next month, scooping occasional saves when needed. So far so good. He's got a 2.64 ERA and 1.02 WHIP this year.