More than 400,000 people demonstrated in New York City last weekend to encourage international representatives at the UN Climate Change Summit to take global action on climate change in hopes of preventing glacial meltdowns like this:
On Tuesday night, just under 12,000 people gathered at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland to watch the Indians play the Kansas City Royals. They were hoping to see the Indians keep their playoff hopes alive in a must-win game. Instead of a win, they got a pitching meltdown and a final score that looked like this:
Danny Salazar started for the Tribe, and, man, he was lights out. Well, he was for the first three innings anyway. He faced eight batters in the first two innings and struck out six of them. At first, it looked like a pitcher’s duel between Salazar and the Royals’ Yordano Ventura. Salazar gave up a couple of hits and no walks, Ventura gave up a hit to Michael Brantley and a walk to Carlos Santana. Salazar was striking out everybody, it felt like a ballgame.
Salazar ran into trouble in the 4th, walking Billy Butler to start the inning. A single to Alex Gordon and a double to Omar Infante made the score 2-0 Royals. That wasn’t an insurmountable score, but I had a bad feeling. Salazar was starting to show some chinks in the armor, but Ventura was coasting along with no problems. For the record, the Indians are 0-4 against Ventura this season.
Then came the 5th inning. With two outs, Salazar gave up a double to Eric Hosmer, who then scored on a ground-rule double by Billy Butler. Salazar then intentionally walked Alex Gordon, apparently so he and Butler could score on a double by Salvador Perez, making the score 5-0. One intentional walk to Omar Infante later, and Salazar’s night was over. The Royals scored two more runs in the 7th.
The one bright spot for the Indians was Michael Brantley, who went 2 for 4 and is now four hits away from 200 for the season. He doubled to start the 8th inning. J.B. Schuk went in as a pinch runner. Carlos Santana reached first on a fielding error that sent Schuk to 3rd. David Murphy grounded into a double play, but Schuk scored to make it 7-1. When the best thing you can say about a game is “At least they avoided a shutout again,” your team has offensive issues.
Geeky side note: Scott Atchison entered the game in the 7th inning and inadvertently made history. The Indians are now the first team in American League history with four pitchers appearing in 70 or more games in one season: Bryan Shaw (77), Cody Allen (74), Marc Rzepczynski (71); and Atchison (70).
The Indians’ elimination number is now 1.