A Bomblin, seen here with its typical faraway and forlorn visage.
There would be no miracle tonight as the long ball bit Josh Tomlin (4.1 INN/9 H/6 ER/5 SO/ 1 BB) again.
Josh Tomlin is the kind of guy people root for. His repertoire is junkball and more junkball. He’s a late-round success story who made The Show. He’s basically a guy who has defied every obstacle set in his way to make a fairly good career for himself.
The problem is, though, is that he’s also the kind of guy where people routinely need to make excuses for his failings. Yeah, he’s the fifth guy in the rotation, and that’s where you typically stash the guy whom you don’t expect much from.
But the homers are starting to be a real issue. And his unforgivable homer to Edwin Encarnacion after the Indians had just gotten to Jays’ starter Aaron Sanchez (4 INN/4 H/5 R (4 ER)/5 SO/1 BB) to tie the game at 5 seemed to drain the resolve of the Tribe on this night.
The good news is that THE KLUBOT goes tomorrow to give the Indians a good chance to win the series tomorrow. And as I’m writing this, Boston leads Detroit 3-1 as they are waiting out a monsoon at Comerica Park. So even though tonight makes you wonder if and how the Indians can rely on The Little Cowboy as the season heads down the stretch (and where he fits; rotation or bullpen?), the Tribe still has a comfortable lead on the Tigers who are starting to look like a team ready to wave the white flag.
Tonight stunk. Tomorrow’s coming. Not much more to say about this one.
W: Joe Biangi (4-2); L: Josh Tomlin (11-7); S: Roberto Osuna (28)