This game is best forgotten – buried under the flower bed behind the house and never mentioned again. Sometimes this happens in baseball – a team just gets beat down – and there’s not much you can do about it except move on and try to do better the next day. Nevertheless, let’s break down some of the key points from this game:
–Danny Salazar was not good today. He did manage to duck and weave through four scoreless innings, but he was kind of wild, and the pitches he did manage to throw for strikes were generally high in the zone. In the fifth inning, that caught up to him, as he gave up six runs on two home runs in the inning. He wasn’t quite “6 runs in one inning” bad, but he wasn’t good. And when you play a team like the Angels, who have the best record in baseball, you don’t have a huge margin for error to begin with.
–Lonnie Chisenhall will never be a top-flight third baseman offensively or defensively, but he had a great first half of the season and he’s showed some glimpses of that success in the past few weeks. Today he drove in all three runs that the Indians managed to score.
-Speaking of the Indians offense, are we alarmed yet? David Murphy is back, Michael Bourn is back, Mike Aviles is out, but yet the offense continues to sputter. The Indians scored 7 runs all weekend in sweeping the White Sox, and managed only 3 today. They also scored 7 runs in the three losses to the Tigers. That’s 17 runs in 8 games — it’s not good. The Indians need a right handed bat in the worst way, but with the rotation looking the way it is and the departure of Justin Masterson, the team could definitely reach out and sign someone to be an impact bat this offseason.
-I don’t want to pile criticism on top of a kid who is just doing his best, but Bryan Price might be the worst pitcher I’ve ever seen at the major league level. He came into today’s game (when it was no longer in doubt) having allowed 4 ER in 1.2 IP. The first two batters Price faced hit home runs, and his ERA sits at at a cool 20.25. If he pitches again this season, it will be because the game is no longer in doubt, but my goodness he not major league quality.
That’s all for this game. Bury it and forget it.
Finally, I want to say a quick good-bye to the readership for the rest of this season. I may write an article here or there, but this marks my last game recap and scheduled piece for the 2014 season. As of tomorrow (Sep 9th) I am moving to Jeonju, South Korea, to teach English to kids there. I’ll be gone a year (but I’ll still be around here, especially next season). You all are great, and it’s been a pleasure thus far.