Well, the Indians have done so poorly against the White Sox this season that having them lead for two innings and tie for six innings actually seems like an accomplishment. It was also nice to see David Huff have a good outing, going six innings, giving up three earned runs, and striking out five, and walking only two.* So what happened?
Okay, stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before–the starting pitching was solid but didn’t get backed up by any run support. The White Sox had eight runs on eight hits. We had seven hits, which should be enough to score more than one run. So it wasn’t a matter of getting hits so much as putting the hits together to score some runs. Either way, it’s the same old song, right?
*A nice sidenote: The Indians pitching staff has given up 386 walks so far this season, which is the third fewest in the majors. The pitching staff also has 900 strikeouts which, sadly, is also third fewest in the majors. I guess it’s really true–you win some, you lose some.
My hope for the remainder of the season is that Kipnis, Chisenhall, Carrera, Phelps, and Hagadone get more playing time and more major league experience to prepare them for next season. And belated props to Shelley Duncan for two two-homer games in one week. I’m glad they’ve kept him around.
What about you, fellow Indians fans? Short of a late-season miracle surge, anything you’d like to see in the last 20 games?