It didn’t look promising early on for Trevor Bauer and the Indians in last night’s game with the Houston Astros. After giving up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve, and then unleashing a wild pitch which sent Altuve to second base, Bauer struck out the next two batters. But the fourth man up, DH Evan Gattis, knocked the ball over the left field wall into the Progressive Field home run porch, giving the Astros an early 2-0 lead.
But that was all the scoring the Astros were to do last night. Bauer bore down hard for the remainder of his time on the mound and left after the home half of the eighth inning with the score tied at 2-2. He struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter. While he ran no risk of getting a loss, it looked as though he might have a no-decision to show for an excellent outing.
But the Indians offense said nah, bro, we’ve got this. With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Astros reliever Joe Thatcher gave up a double to Francisco Lindor and then walked Michael Brantley. Enter David Murphy, who sent Thatcher’s first pitch into deep right field for a double, scoring both Lindor and Brantley to give the Indians a 4-2 lead.
Tribe closer Cody Allen, whose stiff back kept him out of Tuesday night’s game, needed only ten pitches to retire the side in the ninth. The 4-2 victory ensures the Tribe of at least a split in the four-game series with the Astros. A win tonight will give them a 3-1 series victory, and if young phenom Cody Anderson can pitch as well as he has so far, the chances of the Indians getting that win will be pretty good.