Oh boy. That was rough. That game basically summarized our season so far. We just hang around and hang around, and give up a few runs here and there. We have opportunities, but do not capitalize. It is frustrating to watch this team play because they do not play good fundamental baseball offensively. They do not move the runner over, and can’t get the runner in when all they need is a fly ball.
The Indians scored a run in the first to tie it up, and did not score for the rest of the game. Carrasco got roughed up early when Joey Butler hit a home run in the first. He let up another homer to former Indian Asdrubal Cabrera. He settled down after that. He ended up going 6.2 and gave up 3 ER. Kyle Crocket and Jeff Manship came in and did their jobs, but Atchison gave up a home run in the ninth.
Our 1-3 hitters had 6 of our seven hits, Kipnis having three of those. We ended up leaving 18 men on base as a team. Once again Cleveland struggled getting that big hit. Also, we still have not won a game at home when we trail after six innings. In the first, the Indians had a runner in scoring position with nobody out, and made three outs in a row. We also hit into a few twin killers to stop scoring chances. We only got one hit off the Rays ‘pen. Kipnis had another nice game with three hits, upping his average to over .340.
Cleveland is now four games under the elusive .500 mark.
Tomorrow, the Tribe will send Corey Kluber (3-8, 3.54) to the bump against Erasmo Ramirez (6-2, 4.45). Hopefully, we can get some clutch hits, and even up the series against the Rays.