Yes, home runs and strikeouts entertain and delight us and little things like errors and badly located pitches can be annoying or worse.
As an Indians fan, you know how those minor details can spoil your night. Wednesday, the little things proved inconsequential. The big things paid off.
Yan Gomes looked clownish on a throw to second base that looked a golf pitch onto the putting green in center field. It led to a run, but now we can laugh.
Corey Kluber was wearing his ACE costume today. When Gomes let the ball slip out of his hand, allowing a runner to score from first base on a stolen base, the man known as Klubot showed no emotion. He just continued to slice up White Sox hitters for almost eight innings.
About that eighth inning: another little thing cropped up, threatening to spoil Kluber’s fine performance. Kluber allowed only seven hits, all singles, in 7.1 innings. The last one brought manager Terry Francona to the mound to invite his right-hander to take the rest of the day off. The score was 4-1, with a runner on first.
In came Bryan Shaw, who introduced another little problem. It was a misplaced pitch to Melky Cabrera, who turned it into a well-placed home run in the right field stands. For the rest of the game, every Chicago batter represented a tying or winning run. From that point on, it was the job of Shaw and his successor Cody Allen to make that mistake as small as possible. Credit Kluber with the win, Allen with the save and Shaw with a small problem to stew about on the ride back to Cleveland.
Also enjoying the ride will be Lonnie Chisenhall, who made a second-inning RBI triple into a big deal.
So be thankful for bad little things that stay small and inconsequential.