A day after Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected for arguing a called third strike and Carlos Santana was removed from the game due to lack of hustle, the Indians scored a bunch of runs. Seven to be exact. Normally, seven runs would be enough to win a ballgame, unless, of course, the other team scores 12 runs. Then you’re just left feeling frustrated.
This loss gave the A’s a four-game sweep and bumps the Indians’ current losing streak to five games. Justin Masterson had one of his worst outings in a while, giving up eight earned runs in four innings, including home runs to Coco Crisp, Josh Donaldson, Cliff Pennington, and Josh Reddick.
The only really good thing to come out of this game was those seven runs, only one of which came on a homer (a solo shot courtesy of Jason Kipnis). We saw doubles by Kipnis, Brantley, and Carrera and a total of 10 hits. It was great to see a little small ball being played and to see the Indians chip away at the A’s lead (we scored in five innings, and all but two of our guys had at least one hit. Ironically, the two players who didn’t get a hit today were the two who got the kick in the pants yesterday–Cabrera and Santana. And you think you’re feeling frustrated.