The Indians dropped the second game of the two-game mini-series in Kansas City this afternoon, losing 4-1. This is not entirely surprising. They’re .255 in day games and .364 on the road this season. What hurts is that the loss drops them down to 3rd place in the division, half a game behind the Royals and 3.0 games behind the 1st place Tigers.
Trevor Bauer went 5.1 innings, giving up 3 earned runs and 1 walk and recording 1 strikeout. Not an embarrassing start, but it’s not what you want to see every day. One thing I noticed about the Indians’ box score today–the hits are spread out like a nice little bell curve. Batters 1-3–Bourn, Chisenhall (yes, thankfully, Lonnie Chisenhall batted in the #2 spot), and Brantley had 2 hits each. Batters 4 and 5 (Kipnis and Santana) had one hit apiece. Batters 6-9 (Murphy, Gomes, Giambi, and Aviles) all went 0-4. There are some outliers: Murphy is batting .284 and is typically good for a hit. Santana (who’s batting .178) is not the guy we’ve been counting on to score the team’s lone RBI. I suppose if the offense and the starting pitching are going to have off days, it might as well be the same day.
I think this game falls into the “Not Memorable But Thankfully Not Too Embarrassing” category.