Following this game, I have officially bookended the Indians’ All-Star break. The Tribe went into the break failing to sweep the Tigers, and they finished the break failing to score a run against the A’s.
Carlos Carrasco started this game, and he was meh, but he wasn’t bad. Carrasco gave up 5 runs in 6.1 IP, but you can’t blame the loss on him unless you’re wearing the rosiest of glasses. Yes, if your starter gives up five runs you’re probably going to lose … but, here’s a secret statistic … if your offense scores 0 runs, you aren’t going to win. The Indians offense was terrible tonight. Lindor, Gomes, and Gonzalez got a hit, and Jose Ramirez stroked a double, but that was it for the Indians offense and no runs crossed the plate.
In my Game Thread post, I noted that Sonny Gray had been better of late, ever since the Indians rocked him in Cleveland at the end of May.
That didn’t matter tonight — Gray was awesome.
It wasn’t the start that the Indians (or their fans) envisioned for the second half of 2017, but it’s what we’ll have to live with. The Indians will try to even the series Saturday night when Corey Kluber (7-3) takes the mound against Paul Blackburn (0-1). The Indians are still in first place, but it would be nice to see them pull away with a series win in Oakland.