Once again, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a double and made it to third base only to wind up being stranded. It seems like this happens a lot, although it’s only his 5th double of the year (in 57 plate appearances). To be fair, sometimes he ends up stranded on second (or not stranded at all). What gets me is more the image of one of the Tribe’s top prospects going in and doing the what they need him to–getting on base–and then watching the poor guy get stranded yet again. In last night’s 3-0 loss to the White Sox, 3 of the Indians 5 hits came from rookies Chisenhall (2-3) and Ezequiel Carrera (1-3). Highly touted prospect Jason Kipnis went 0-2 in his major league debut but did manage to get on base in the bottom of the 8th inning when he was hit by a pitch (way to take one for the team, Jason).
It’s great to see Chisenhall and Carrera doing well (Carrera has led off the last three games). Kipnis was making contact with the ball last night; he should find his feet quickly. I hope that the three of them can help shake off the curse that Ozzie Guillen seems to have thrown on the Indians this season. We’re 1-5 against the White Sox this season, with 12 games left against them this season. I don’t know that it’s do-or-die this weekend, but if we lose the next two games against Chicago, I worry that it’s going to put us in a hole that’s too deep to dig out of.