Tonight’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees was a serious snoozer until a Jose Lopez 3-run homer with 2 outs in the 9th made it almost interesting. Alas, too little too late.
Like yesterday, when the Yankees jumped Josh Tomlin for a 6-0 lead after 3 innings, this game was effectively over early when Masterson fell behind 3-0 in the 2nd. Justin entered the game with 0 ERs in his last 20 IP but did not have his recent command and threw 103 pitches in the first 5 innings (114 for the game).
Pernicious anemia. Aside from the brief eruption in the 9th, the Tribe offense has averaged 1.4 runs the last 6 games. A breakdown of tonight’s opportunities shows the breakdown of the hitting:
Cabrera Fly Out
Hannahan Fly Out
Choo 1B (1 out)
Damon Ground out (runner advances)
Kotchman Pop to RF, too shallow
Hannahan Pop Out
Yankee Stadium Mystique
As so often happens to visiting teams in Yankee Stadium, the umpiring prism got skewed again. In the 7th Hannahan sent a foul down the line which LF Dwayne Wise tried to catch. As he fell into the stands the ball clearly came out of his glove but a fan conveniently placed it back in the glove as Wise lay in the first row. Wise showed it to umpire Mike DiMuro who called Hannahan out.
The next inning when Hannahan took the field (most likely after seeing a replay) he told DiMuro he missed the call and DiMuro ejected Hannahan for his candor.
What a guy, that Mike DiMuro. If he did not see the play (and clearly he did not) or had doubts whether Wise in fact caught the ball, the proper call was no catch. We’ll never know if it altered the outcome (although Brantley was on 3B with 2 out) but such a poor call is yet another example of why some form of replay is needed.
An afternoon game tomorrow. Scarlett better be right.