Cody Anderson (5 INN/4 ER/2 SO/1 BB) had an opportunity to show the Indians that they made a mistake for sending him down to Columbus to work out some kinks. But instead, Anderson might be heading right back down to the Clips.
Anderson immediately put the Tribe behind the 8-Ball early thanks to a three-run moonshot to The Corner by Kendrys Morales. The Indians appeared to be ready to answer right back against Ian Kennedy (7 INN/4 H/6 SO/2 BB) in the bottom of the first with runners at the corners and only one out. But Mike Napoli struck out and Carlos Santana flew out, getting Kennedy off of the early hook.
Kennedy would go on retire every hitter in order until the sixth inning when the Indians would finally show some signs of life. But this was just one of those days where it just wasn’t going to happen for the Tribe. And apparently Carlos Santana knew it, too, because he wasted the Indians’ last gasp by grounding out out on the first pitch with the bases loaded and two outs. This is one of the main reasons of why Santana is so polarizing to the fanbase; he seems to pick the wrong spots to be aggressive. The air was mostly out of the balloon at that point, but this was when the balloon came to rest in a shriveled heap.
The normally sharp Jeff Manship was tagged for his first three runs of his season in the eighth.
Yadda, yadda, yadda… This game stunk.
Josh Tomlin will once again be called upon to stop the bleeding and to lead the team to their fifth win on the homestand and another series win. Burn the tape of this one.
W: Ian Kennedy (4-2); L: Cody Anderson (0-2)