Stop me if you’ve heard this story before:
Once upon a time, the Cleveland Indians played a baseball game against a left-handed pitcher. The lineup, replete with right handed hitters such as Nick Swisher, Ryan Raburn, Yan Gomes, and Carlos Santana, failed to score more than two runs and lost a game in which inexplicable defensive miscues cost them multiple unearned runs.
Oh, you’ve heard that story before? Multiple times, in fact?
Today, the defensive goat was played by Lonnie Chisenhall, who made his 8th error of the season, joining Asdrubal Cabrera (8) and Yan Gomes (9) as Indians with way too many freakin’ errors (technical term) on the season. That error prolonged the third inning and led directly to a 3-run home run by Dayan Viciedo. While the Indians lost by four runs, it’s hard not to look at that defensive bungling as the deciding factor in today’s game.
Unfortunately, we can’t place all the blame for the loss on the defense — it seems most of the lineup decided to skip the game today and relax at a cookout or something. The team managed eight hits, but zero of those hits went for extra bases. The team couldn’t buy a clutch hit all afternoon (Michael Brantley is, as always, exempted from that rule), and the Tribe went down mostly without a fight.
In our inaugural podcast (posted earlier today, for your listening pleasure), I mentioned that the Indians were going to get pitches to hit against the White Sox, and they could not afford to miss those opportunities. Today, they missed those opportunities repeatedly.
Tomorrow, Justin Masterson will attempt to salvage his season against Chicago ace Chris Sale. I predict that Masterson will put together one of his amazing performances and the team will win 1-0 or something silly, because that’s what seems to happen with this team. Until we see some consistency like we saw during that Tigers series, it’s going to be a bumpy, rough ride.