On Monday evening, the Cleveland Indians tagged the Texas Rangers for 15 runs on 19 hits.
On Tuesday evening, the Tribe could muster up only one measly run on three hits, and they fell to the Rangers, 2-1. And that’s a shame, because the Rangers themselves managed only three hits off Tribe pitching. Unfortunately for the Indians, two of those hits were home runs.
Indians starter Mike Clevinger gave up the first of those homers, a solo shot to Robinson Chirinos, with two out in the fifth inning. That was just about the only mistake Clevinger made. He went six innings, giving up two hits and two walks, while striking out nine. Bryan Shaw pitched a scoreless inning in the seventh, and Andrew Miller did the same in the eighth.
With the score tied at 1-1, Cody Allen, pitching in a non-save situation, took the mound in the ninth. He retired the first two batters he faced, but Adrian Beltre connected on the first pitch he saw, knocking a homer into the left field bleachers. The Indians brought the tying run to first base in the bottom of the ninth when Michael Brantley hit a one-out single. But four pitches later, that is where he remained, as Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez were quickly dispatched by Rangers closer Matt Bush.
For the record, the Indians scored their run in the second inning, when Ramirez walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Lonnie Chisenhall.
What can you do? Sometimes the other team just outplays you. This was a game the Indians could have won, should have won, had they only gotten a few more timely base hits. But you know what they say about ifs, buts, candy, nuts, and Christmas. If you don’t know, ask your mom. She’ll be glad to tell you.
The two teams, each with one win in this four-game series, go at it again at Progressive Field on Wednesday evening. Yu Darvish and Trevor Bauer are the starting pitchers. I expect a high-scoring game.