The Indians had a chance to come away with a big win because the team they are chasing lost, and they blew it. What’s new? Houston lost again today, leaving the door open for the Indians. This one was ugly from the fourth inning on when Corey Kluber imploded. He was dealing until then, but could not escape the inning, capped off with an Escobar two-run single. The bullpen pitched well though, especially Gavin Floyd, who went a strong 2 2/3 scoreless IP.
We had just four hits until the ninth inning where we got our only two runs off of a Carlos Santana round-tripper. It is nice to see the Indians not just cave in, and show some signs of life. The bad news is that there were no signs of life in the first eight innings, including not getting a hit in innings 6-8. Francisco Lindor was the only player who had multiple hits, adding to his Rookie of the Year resume.
The Tribe do not gain or lose any ground on the Astros, and remain 4.5 GB. It appears as though the Indians are out of the race now with just 12 games left. Cody Anderson takes the mound tomorrow as the Tribe look to avoid getting swept by the Twins who send out Kyle Gibson.