While the Indians bats have been on vacation, the Indians’ rotation has been doing the work to keep the Indians’ postseason hopes alive.
Trevor Bauer (6 INN/4 H/9 SO/3 BB) continued the trend of excellent starting pitching as the Tribe won the rubber match, 3-1, lessening the sting of Friday night’s disaster. But he didn’t do it without some help from some of the kids, as Tyler Holt robbed the Astros’ Marc Krauss of extra bases and potentially two RBI. Holt would also steal another hit from Krauss later on.
It’s pretty much Holt’s world. We’re just living in it.
Astros starter Brett Olberholtzer (6.2 INN/10 H/3 ER/6 SO) pitched pretty well (as lefty starters usually do against the Indians), but the Indians were able to scrape and claw just enough. Carlos Santana provided a sacrifice fly in the third, Lonnie Chisenhall hit the eventual gamewinner in the fourth, and a very hot Jose Ramirez squeaked past an insurance run the seventh.
Astros Mike Foltynewicz opened some eyes wide in his inning and a third of work, as he struck out four consecutive batters with an invisible fastball. Good luck!
The lone Houston tally came on an RBI double by Jon Singleton off of Bryan Shaw. The Astros would also make the ninth a little uncomfortable for Cody Allen, who was working in his third straight day. But Chicken Al managed to escape the minefield, which kept the Tribe no worse than 5.5 games back in the race for the second Wild Card. Tuesday begins a crucial stretch within the division that could be the determining factor for the Wahoos. Let’s get on with it!
W: Bauer (5-7); L: Olberholtzer (4-9); S: Allen (17)