Well, this game was funky to cover because it only aired on Fox Sports 1, not Sports Time Ohio. And then the Dodgers-Giants game was on first, so FS1 didn’t cut to the Indians game until sometime in the 2nd inning. This is unfortunate for two reasons. First, I had to listen to Brian Anderson and Justin Kutchner call the game instead of Matt Underwood and Rick Manning. I opted to turn down the volume and listened my dogs fight over a chew toy. It was not the finest moment in Indians’ broadcast history. More importantly, Zach McAllister’s best innings were the first two, and I missed most of that. He retired the first six batters he faced. Then the bottom fell out and he gave up one run in the 3rd, two in the 4th, and two in the 5th. And that was all she wrote to young Mr. McAllister.
Now I like Zach McAllister. I really do. He’s grown on me over the past three seasons as he’s grown into a decent MLB starter. However, this was not his night. Not at all. Oh hell, it wasn’t the Indians’ night in any way, shape, or form.
McAllister was replaced in the 5th by C.C. Lee, who turned in a respectable 1.2 innings. No hits, no runs, no walks, 3 strikeouts. Gomes even caught Desmond Jennings stealing second. It was the most pleasant inning and a half for Indians fans since the first two. Josh Outman started the 7th inning and promptly gave up two earned runs. He did not finish the 7th inning–that honor was given to Carlos Carrasco, late of the starting rotation and now showing what a loose cannon who’s out of options can do in the bullpen. He gave up no runs, no hits, and one walk in .2 innings. But, as Bruce Drennan always said, “the damage had been done.”
While the Rays sprayed 10 hits all over the field, the Indians only managed one hit until the 9th inning, when Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley each singled. Then Ray’s reliever Grant Balfour walked Carlos Santana and for one brief, shining moment we had bases loaded and no outs and I actually thought perhaps our guys would rally. Ryan Raburn hit a sacrifice fly to score Chisenhall and move Brantley to third. Then Asdrubal Cabrera came up. As well as he’s been hitting the ball the past few games, it was not unrealistic to think something would happen. And something did happen–Cabrera hit into a double play to end the ballgame, the Rays ended their four-game losing streak, and the Indians ended their four-game winning streak. So that’s what happened.
Rubber match of the series is Sunday at 1:40 when the new and improved Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.35 ERA) faces off against Chris Archer 2-1, 4.91 ERA).