Truth be told, tonight’s game is still going on as I begin to write this recap. But in all honesty, the game is long over, with balls, strikes, and outs having been reduced to mere technicalities some innings ago.
The Indians made some ignoble history on Monday night, allowing the White Sox to score in every inning, but tonight they managed to lose in a very different fashion. Trevor Bauer was superb through 5 innings, with the only blemish on his night being a two-out RBI single by Jose Abreu (of course) in the first. After that, Bauer really settled down and retired every batter he faced through the 5th inning. The Indians weren’t doing much offensively, but Bauer looked dominant. Everything was setting up for a pleasant night at the ballpark – the game was cruising along, the pitching was great on both sides, and the Tigers were getting blasted by Minnesota.
Then, the bottom of the 6th happened. Sometimes, the best way to tell a story is to let the facts do it for you, so let’s look at the White Sox in the bottom of the 6th:
A. Eaton walked (Score: 1-1)
T. Anderson singled to center. A. Eaton to second.
M. Cabrera singled to right. A. Eaton to third. T. Anderson to second.
J. Abreu singled to center. A. Eaton scored. T. Anderson to third. M. Cabrera to second. (Score: 2-1)
A. Avila struck out swining. (1 Out)
T. Frazier singled to center. T. Anderson and M. Cabrera scored. J. Abreu to second. (Score: 4-1)
(Dan Otero relieves Trevor Bauer)
A. Garcia singled to center. J. Abreu scored. T. Frazier to second. (5-1)
C. Sanchez tripled to right. T. Frazier and A. Garcia scored. (7-1)
T. Saladino grounded out to second. (2 outs)
A. Eaton hit a ground rule double to center. T. Saladino scored. (8-1)
And that was essentially how the game ended, as neither team would score again, and neither team would even threaten to score again.
Jose Quintana was again a major thorn in the Indians’ side, as the left-hander went 8 strong innings allowing one run, a solo shot in the second from Brandon Guyer. The fact that the White Sox scored more than one run for him was the story of the night for the White Sox, who had their biggest inning of the season on this evening. The fans in Chicago were enjoying Dog Night at the park, which the STO booth spent more time talking about in the later innings than the Indians mercifully being put to bed.
Tomorrow the Indians will try to get back into the win column by sending Josh Tomlin to the mound, hoping he is the stopper he was earlier in the season, and not the batting practice pitcher he has been of late.
Note: The Tigers also lost 8-1 tonight, so the division lead remains at 6.0 games. Nothing to get too worked up about.