Thanks to the dominant starting pitching of Stephen Strasburg, the Indians lost, 4-1, to the Washington Nationals at home on Wednesday afternoon. Sadly, the Tribe’s nearest AL Central foes, the Detroit Tigers, beat the Boston Red Sox, thus gaining a game in the division playoff race. The Indians now lead the Tigers by 4.5 games.
Strasburg went seven scoreless innings for the Nats, giving up only three hits and two walks. Indians starter Carlos Carrasco didn’t pitch poorly himself, but he allowed three runs over six innings. His downfall came in the second inning, when his having walked three batters, combined with the Indians’ failure to turn a double play, allowed Nationals rookie Trea Turner to come to bat with the bases loaded. Turner singled to left, driving in two runs. Carrasco later gave up a solo homer to Daniel Murphy.
Down 4-0 in the ninth, the Indians attempted a comeback. With one out, they turned a walk and two singles into a run. Roberto Perez, representing the tying run, then came to the plate. With the count 2-1, Perez, who has one hit in 22 at-bats in 2016, hit into a game-ending double play.
The Indians have no game on Thursday. Many of the team’s players and coaches will be taking part in a charity golf outing. The Oakland A’s come to town on Friday for a three-game series. Trevor Bauer will be asked to put his drone away and pitch the first game for the Tribe.