Make it five in a row. After falling to the Angels on Tuesday night, 4-6, the Indians have failed to win one on the club’s latest road trip, pushing their record to 11-16, worst in the AL Central.
Right-hander Corey Kluber, who spun an absolute gem on his last start, labored through 4.2 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) while walking a un-Kluber like four and fanning five. And the bullpen failed to bail out the struggling rotation too, coughing up two more runs in the game’s final 3.1 innings.
Offensively, both Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera, arguably the club’s most disappointing players to this point, continued to rouse their lumber from a season long slump. Santana went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk, and Cabrera pushed his average to a Mario Mendoza-esque .224 with his three-hit appearance.
Michael Brantley, Michael Bourn, and Lonnie Chisenhall each chipped in a hit. And utility player Mike Aviles filled in admirably for the injured Jason Kipnis, who left the game following a weak groundout against ace Angel Jered Weaver. Kipnis’ injury is being called an abdominal strain according to the MLB Network.
The front office appears to be reaching a turning point of sorts, perhaps looking for some kind of spark to help stop the bleeding. The Indians made it official and demoted struggling right-hander Carlos Carrasco back to the bullpen prior to the game, and it’s assumed that Trevor Bauer will get the call up when the fifth spot in the rotation comes up early next week, though Josh Tomlin is in the running as well.
The Indians wrap up their road trip tonight against the Halos. Game tonight is 7:05.