This was yet another game where the Indians out-hit their opponent, but lost the game. They sure were not short on chances to score, but for the most part, did not capitalize on opportunities. In addition to outhitting the Sox, the Tribe could not even capitalize on two Boston errors, including Rusney Castillo throwing the ball in the stands with only two outs. Double plays early and chasing breaking balls from Joe Kelly were not a recipe for success for this ball club.
Corey Kluber had his good stuff working tonight, but you would not know it from looking at the stat line. He went 6 IP, and gave up 6 ER, including four home runs allowed. One of those was to the legend himself, Travis Shaw. Kluber did strikeout nine, just did not have great location on some of his pitches, and Boston definitely made him pay. Joe Kelly was great at making the pitch to get out of jams early on, allowing eight baserunners in just six innings, but giving up 0 ER.
Yan Gomes hit a three home run home run in the eighth, but the comeback short-circuited in the ninth. Jason Kipnis had an unimpressive return to the starting lineup, going 0-5 with 3 K’s. Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall both reached base three times tonight, but did not get much help from the rest of the lineup. The Indians head to the Bronx to take on the Yanks in a four game set. Josh Tomlin will take the mound against Ivan Nova.