Maybe the hour-long rain delay threw everything out of whack. Do you have a better explanation?
Carlos Carrasco (2.2 INN/4 H/4 ER/5 SO/3 BB) had a rough go of it in his return from the disabled list after 18 days. To make matters worse, so did his teammates and the Indians dropped the second game of the three-game set, 7-4. Don’t let the score fool you; the Indians were never really in the game.
The game shifted in the second inning. As has been a major issue all year long, the Tribe had the bases loaded against Carlos Rodon (7 INN/5 H/1 ER/8 SO/1 BB), only to sputter and get a big, fat goose egg in the frame. I’m done trying to explain the apparent mental block that comes to the Indians when the bags are juiced. What, would singing, “One little, two little, three little Indians” help? Ty VanBurkleo and Matt Quatraro have proven themselves to be borderline useless when it comes to anything, so I’m all ears if you have a better idea.
So, of course the White Sox would capitalize in their half of the frame as Rob Brantly (who?) essentially won the game for the Pale Hose with a US Cellular wind-aided three-run helper. From that point on, Rodon carved up the helpless Indians. The Indians impotent offense awakened once Chicago went to the bullpen, but the homers from Brantley and Ramirez were nothing more than window dressings.
Texas beat Seattle. So the Indians dropped to six games back and whatever wiggle room the Tribe had left is shrinking to virtually nothing. Gotta take the series. Gotta take every series. And yet, it probably still won’t be enough.
But hey, next year’s schedule is out!
W: Carlos Rodon (7-6); L: Carlos Carrasco (12-10)