Baseball is a funny game. A person might think they have the whole thing figured out and just assume that’s how it’s gonna be. You look at the probables and determine how it’s all going to play out by the time the 27th out gets recorded.
Tonight was one of those instances. “Trevor Bauer (8.1 INN/4 H/3 ER/4 SO/3 BB) versus Jose Fernandez (5.2 INN/12 H/7 R (6 ER)/5 SO/2 BB)? Total pitchers’ duel! Trevor better not falter early,” I said to myself.
Couple things: 1) I should stop talking to myself. My mind is often a frightening place that makes me realize that I am not as smart as I like to tell myself, and; 2) Boy, did the Indians have a perfect plan against Fernandez, who probably had the worst start of his burgeoning great career.
When the Marlins returned the 3-0 first inning favor to the Indians, you’re probably thinking (okay, maybe just me; refer to the first point of the previous paragraph) that three might be more than enough for Fernandez. Jose Fernandez, this seemingly mythical pitching god whom most of us have only seen from highlight packages and word of mouth. This guy is good and we’re doomed. All of which makes sense because, like I said in the preview, the Indians often lose when it’s my turn. Shut it down and hope for the best for tomorrow.
But only a fool like me would be so, well, foolish. Because these Indians ain’t scared of nobody.
Coco Crisp played as if he were 24 again in his Indians’ re-debut; his leadoff double seemed to unnerve the normally stoic and unflappable Fernandez. Jason Kipnis would then launch a two-run shot and even though it was still a Marlins lead after one, the Tribe had toppled the behemoth. Oh, and Francisco Lindor went 4-for-4 with a walk. No big deal.
Trevor Bauer who would join the rest of the rotation in double-digit wins, would then put the game on lockdown. After his rough first inning, he then toyed with the Marlins’ lineup. He even flashed some unexpected leather; continuing the theme of Tribe pitchers being in the line of fire of screamers sent right back to them as of late. Andrew Miller would come in and easily dispatch the final two Marlins’ hitters.
With the win and a little help from the Royals (who beat the Tigers 5-2), the Indians have now won five straight and their divisional lead lead grows to 5.5 games and the Magic Number is whittled down to 23. Just the kind of stuff you want to hear at this point of the season. Let’s get that sweep, Danny.
W: Trevor Bauer (10-6); L: Jose Fernandez (13-8)