It was a movie we’ve seen many times before.
The team with the inferior offense scored a quick two runs early but, with its talent disadvantages at the plate and on the mound, would still seem to be less likely to end up winning. It would only be a matter of time, one might think, before the Indians’ big hitters got involved and broke this game wide open. And so we waited…
and waited. And before we knew it, the 2-1 loss to the White Sox was final. No big, game-saving home runs or big innings. Just a wasted opportunity at what could very well have been an easy win.
To the credit of the White Sox, they did get a big outing from ex-Ranger Derek Holland, who has struggled with injuries for years but looked like his old self in six shutout innings. The Indians later had various Sox relievers on the ropes, but couldn’t capitalize, repeatedly stranding runners.
The Indians themselves got a solid outing from Danny Salazar, with 11 K’s in six innings, but to take advantage of these kinds of outings, you have to, y’know, score runs. Instead, the White Sox and their lineup of “Who?”, “Him?”, “He’s still playing?” and friends mustered two early runs, and that was all they needed.
In many ways, it was reminiscent of the all-pitching, no-offense Indians of 2014 and ’15, who had many games like this where all that was needed was a few runs, and yet the runs were nowhere to be found.
The silver lining comes from that constant April mantra: it’s early. Repeat it to yourself every time you see an April game like this. With so few games to judge from, it can be very tempting to read too much into one loss or even one at-bat. Just take a deep breath, and remember: it’s early.
And if that doesn’t work, you can at least watch this bit of defensive wizardry from Jose Ramirez:
WHAT A PLAY BY JOSE RAMIREZ!! pic.twitter.com/ppzyzyFznX
— CS Nation (@_CSNation_) April 13, 2017