Around about the 6th inning of Saturday’s loss to the Twins, I started thinking about 17th century political philosopher Thomas Hobbes. Not to be confused with a stuffed tiger, Hobbes is best known for his assertion that man in a state of nature (i.e., not under a sovereign political power) leads a life that is “nasty, brutish, and short,” which was how the game was looking. When your team is down 7-1, one’s mind tends to wander.
Things started off poorly from the start, when Torii Hunter, the second batter of the game, hit a solo home run to give the Twins the lead about eight minutes into the game. The Twins scored 3 more in the 3rd and 2 in the 5th. In all, they tagged starter Bruce Chen for 6 runs on 10 hits in four innings pitched. Scrabble came in to get the Tribe out of the 5th with no further damage, but reliever Ryan Webb gave up a solo homer to Brian Dozier in the 6th.
I will give the Indians this: They tried. Michael Brantley singled in Jason Kipnis break up the shutout in the 6th inning. And then came the glorious 7th, when the Tribe showed a genuine spark. Nay, more than a spark. They showed moxie, life, desire. Nick Swisher (who went a somewhat surprising 4 for 4 today) and Michael Brantley started the bottom of the 7th with back-to-back doubles, scoring one run. David Murphy pinch hitting for Roberto Perez, zinged a two-run homer to make the score 7-4. Suddenly, things looked hopeful. It was a ballgame. The Indians weren’t quite dead yet. Except they were.
Final score: Twins 7, Indians 4. Perhaps Danny Salazar can at least help them avoid the sweep tomorrow.