I’m a numbers guy. So let’s talk about some numbers, shall we? Just to sum up Trevor Bauer’s night against the newly crowned Murderers’ Row – aka the Minnesota Twins – consider the following: 45-to-35, as in the number of strikes vs. balls the frustratingly talented hurler tossed on Wednesday night. And, of course, that was just a microcosm for how the rest of the Indians starting staff has fared against the Twinkies.
Now consider this: since Minnesota rolled – as in, steamrolled – into town on Monday night, Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco, and Bauer has combined to throw 8.1 innings and coughed up a mind-staggering 21 earned runs (22 total runs); you know, good enough for a 22.68 ERA. Adding salt into an already gaping wound, the trio surrendered five homeruns, struck out five, and walked nine – though five of those free passes were issued by Bauer.
Bauer, just like his two counterparts, just looked…out of whack on Monday night. The velocity was certainly there – he fanned Miguel Sano on a low-and-away 96 mph heater that very few men would have handled. But something was just…off.
The Twins’ offensive explosion started almost immediately. Following a Brian Dozier out, scorching Joe Mauer doubled to left center. Max Kepler – apparently the second coming of Babe Ruth/Barry Bonds/Ted Williams – walked. Sano walked. And Eddie Rosario floated a soft line drive to center field that plated two. Bauer would get out of the rest of the inning unscathed – I guess.
After a quick 1-2-3 showing by the Tribe bats, Bauer had another long inning as he faced five batters and allowed one run.
Fine. 3-0. It’s certainly not an insurmountable deficit. And the Tribe proved just that.
Jose Ramirez single to center and moved to third on a Lonnie Chisenhall hit. And the speedy little third baseman swiped home on a heads up play when a Tyler Duffy offspeed pitch trickled through the Juan Centeno’s legs. Chisenhall would come around to score on an Abraham Almonte single.
See. Told you. 3-2.
And then the darn wheels completely fell off. In. Spectacular. Fashion.
After coughing up three runs, Bauer jammed Kepler, who floated a fly ball in shallow right field. It appeared – to everyone except the umpires and review crew – that Chisenhall made a wonderfully spectacular catch. But…when it’s not your night, it’s not your night. Two more scored off the play. Manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Mickey Calloway both got ejected.
Shawn Armstrong looked good during his inning-plus. Tyler Naquin continues to prove me wrong as he slugged another two-run shot to pull the score to 8-to-4. But Zach McAllister surrendered a run-scoring double to Eddie Rosario in the top of the sixth, making the score 9-to-4.
Mike Napoli, proving to be quite the bargain, slugged his 27th homer of the year. It also marked the fifth consecutive game he slugged a long ball.
Minnesota would add another run on back-to-back triples in the eight inning courtesy of Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer. And…because, why not, MInnesota scored three more in the ninth innings to make it 13-to5.
The Tribe’s record stands at 60-45. They take on the Twins, 12:10, with Mike Clevinger squaring off against Hector Santiago.