I’m really glad that I didn’t come to California just to see the Indians play the Giants. If I had, it would have been an incredibly disappointing trip! Even though I prepared myself for the worst tonight (with Fausto Carmona pitching), I still didn’t quite expect this mess. Two more errors – the one by Grady Sizemore just seemed the pinnacle of sloppy fielding. Yes, there was sun; he just seemed rather cavalier in his approach to that fly ball. The offense has been pitiful, but I think that 16 strikeouts is a new low even for them. They must have provided quite a boost to Madison Bumgarner’s confidence, on the heels of his terrible outing against the Twins. (Maybe they could all find new careers as motivational experts to Major League pitchers! “Have trouble striking out hitters? Have trouble getting outs? Call the Cleveland Indians offense – we’ll solve all of your problems!”)
The only person in the entire Indians lineup that did not strike out tonight was Orlando Cabrera; he went 2 for 4. (To be fair, I’m not sure if his one hit was actually a fair ball. I couldn’t see it from my vantage point, but the Indians radio broadcasters seemed to think it was most likely foul). Anyway, even though everyone was pretty bad, here are my inductees into the Hall of Shame: Shelley Duncan – struck out four times in four at-bats and looked pretty bad doing it. In fact, from my seat he looked so bad in the first two at-bats, I pretty much already wrote off his last two. Grady Sizemore – he did manage to go 1 for 4, but he struck out twice and dropped a routine fly ball. Carlos Santana – 0 for 4, with 2 strikeouts. Swung at what appeared to be terrible pitches and just generally looked awful. Adam Everett – 0 for 3, with 2 strikeouts. The Indians actually had a few opportunities, but were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. (If I had a $1 for every time I saw the Indians go 0 for whatever with runners in scoring position, I could’ve purchased quite a few of AT&T Park’s $9 beers).
Where do they go from here? Well, obviously they go to Arizona, where they’ll face Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, and Zach Duke (I honestly had no idea what happened to him after he left the Pirates). I’m not sure how the Indians will fare the rest of this road trip, but I imagine it’s not going to be pretty until they make it back home. During this series with the Giants, it seemed like there were 4 or 5 pitchers batting at the bottom of the lineup – it was that bad. I just hope they manage to put together a few wins before the All Star break, but I’m not going to hold my breath.