It would appear that the magic of last year isn’t going to carry over to a rather desultory 2014 campaign. And if I’m Tribe hitting coach Ty VanBurkleo, the comfort of my job security has to be waning.
Having said that…
While the Indians’ bats have been mostly pathetic (we’re two months into the season, so it’s pretty safe to make assumptions at this point), the errors continue to be the story of the Indians’ self-inflicted unraveling. It’s psychological. It’s clearly in their heads and it’s pretty much a self-fulfilling prophecy at this point. They expect to gag on at least one routine play.
The Indians scrape the tying run, thanks to Adam Dunn’s own error. This essentially saved Tito for not calling the hit-and-run. But we’ve learned not to feel too comfortable. Nothing ever comes easy these days. The good vibes from that Tigers sweep seems ages ago.
Sure enough, in the bottom of the ninth, Mike Aviles spiked a ball to first to open the frame. And sure enough, the White Sox made sure the gift wouldn’t go to waste. Ball game, 3-2.
All of this has made TJ House’s (6.1 INN/5 H/1 ER/8 SO/1 BB) superb effort a largely forgotten storyline. He even elicited “perfect game” chatter after retiring the first ten White Sox in order. Whether or not Tito pulled him too early is fairly up for debate. White Sox starter Hector Noesi (7.1 INN/5 H/1 ER/5 SO) was equally electric, with his only blemish being a line-drive laser from Jason Giambi.
But when you can’t make the routine plays routinely, you’re not going to win. Not a whole lot else to say about tonight. Yay for off-days.
W: Ronald Belisario (3-3); L: Bryan Shaw (1-1)