In any given baseball season, you’ll hear the phrase “It’s a long season” every other day. It is. No professional sport plays as many games. There are games we remember long after they’re over because of amazing comebacks or lopsided scores or crazy records set by a player. And then there are games where you realize the players are employees going to work. That was kind of the feeling during the Indians’ day game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon.
Stuff happened. Oh my, stuff happened, some of it good, some of it bad.
- The Indians blew a 3-1 lead and lost to the Giants 5-4. That’s the biggest and worst stuff.
- Going into the game, neither the Indians nor the Giants had won an interleague series this season. Cross that one off the Giants’ “to do” list.
- The Tribe was ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th when Giants 3rd baseman Connor Gilaspie hit into what should have been a force-out at first. Carlos Santana made a fielding error, and Gilaspie reached base. He would later score the go-ahead run on a Buster Posey double. It was Santana’s second error in three games and his 5th on the year. He only had 5 errors at 1st base during the entire 2016 season.
- Also in that dreaded 8th inning, Indians reliever Boone Logan apparently injured his throwing arm on a pitch to Giants 1st baseman Brandon Belt. He was clearly in a great deal of pain. As of this writing, I haven’t seen any updates on his condition.
- Michael Brantley got his 1,000 career hit.
- Carlos Carrasco walked and scored a run in his first at-bat. You gotta give a little extra love to the AL pitchers when they have to bat in NL parks.
- Brantley and Jose Ramirez both had 2-out RBI. That’s clutch, baby.
When it’s just another day at the office, the bad stuff can outweigh the good stuff. That might get you through the day, but it won’t win ballgames.