The great benefit of interleague games is that you see some great players come through.
The downside is that those players beat your teams.
Rockies 3, Indians 2 in 12 innings Wednesday afternoon.
National League fans have been raving about Nolan Arenado for some time, not just because of his hitting but his fabulous fielding.
Tuesday and Wednesday the Indians sent several rockets Arenado’s way and it seemed he snagged each one with ease. Any of those shots could have been a game-winner if it had slipped by the third baseman and his Gold Glove.
Tribe fans also got a good look at Charlie Blackmon. He led off Tuesday’s game with a home run that looked like it would be the game’s only run until Yan Gomes’ heroics in the bottom of the ninth.
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Blackmon had a couple of meaningless singles earlier Wednesday before hitting a homer in the top of the 12th that probably could be heard in Cleveland’s outer suburbs. It turned into a game-winner.
Gomes preserved a great performance by Corey Kluber Tuesday but Trevor Bauer had no such savior Wednesday. In seven innings, Bauer allowed seven hits and one run while striking out nine. Most important, perhaps, he walked none. Bauer’s ERA, once somewhere between embarrassing and career-threatening, has declined to 4.79.
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It almost worked out gloriously for the Indians. A Francisco Lindor two-run homer in the third gave them a one-run lead. Things looked promising with Cody Allen on the mound in the ninth inning. Jonathan Lucroy, the guy who didn’t want to come to Cleveland last August, spoiled things by doubling to center field to tie the score and keep fans buying soft drinks and hot dogs for the better part of an hour more.
Bitter Indians fans might be surprised to learn that was only Allen’s third blown save of the season. That’s the life of relievers. Fans notice their failures more than their successes. Just ask Bryan Shaw, who pitched a scoreless inning with the game on the line in Wednesday’s 10th inning. He’s been the target of considerable fan scorn this season.
Zach McAllister took his second loss.
A couple of notes:
This, apparently is the time of season for trick plays, although it seems the Rockies are better at it. Remember Tuesday night’s popup double play that exposed Bradley Zimmer’s lack of hustle? (See today’s Game Thread). Francisco Lindor tried the same thing today, but in the wrong situation. He let a popup fall but the only result was to take the slow-running Lucroy off the bases in exchange for Raimel Tapia, a considerably faster runner.
The TV cameras caught Manager Terry Francona correcting Lindor’s behavior when he returned to the dugout.
In the Eighth, Lindor faked receiving a catch at second base when, in fact, teammate Jason Kipnis was catching a blooper. Lindor’s ploy to slow the runner, Blackmon, facilitated the Tribe’s doubling Blackmon up at first.