For as hot as the Indians can be offensively at times, today’s doubleheader showed just how equally frigid they can be.

The Indians won the first game of the double-dip, 1-0, thanks to a first-inning solo shot from Jason Kipnis, his fifth of the season.

However, once again, the Indians found themselves in the middle of another umpshow, as second base umpire Brian Knight cost Kipnis an extra RBI when he erroneously called Michael Bourn out. If that wasn’t bad enough, Tribe starter Justin Masterson also appeared to have Ichiro Suzuki picked off as well. The MLB-wide umpiring problem persists. More on this in a bit.

Thankfully, Masterson just let the early gaffes roll off his broad shoulders and cruised. Actually, that might be too modest of an assessment: He was completely and utterly filthy as he carved up a lefty-heavy Yankees lineup (4 H/9 SO/3 BB) en route to the complete-game shutout.

Yankees starter David Phelps made his first career start and was impressive himself (6.2 IN/4 H/ 5 BB/1 HR), utilizing a wicked changeup that had Tribe hitters baffled all game. But he was no match for a locked-in Masterson.

Game two, however, was a much different story. The Yankees cruised to a 7-0 victory, thanks in no small part to Nick Hagadone’s continuing struggles in a back-breaking six-run seventh inning.

Trevor Bauer bobbed and weaved in and out of trouble (6 IN/3 R (2 ER)/4 SO/3 BB), pitching well enough to win. But with an offense that has a bad case of the Mondays, it wasn’t nearly enough. Already trailing by what already felt like an insurmountable 2-0 deficit, Hagadone would continue to dump gallons of flammable materials onto the smouldering fire in a third of an inning.

Former Lake County Captain Vidal Nuno looked like your typical crafty left-handed veteran in his first start (5 IN/3 H/3 SO/3 BB). Using his curveball and changeup, he kept the Tribe off-balance. The Tribe had chances early to dent Nuno, but he always came up with the pitch he needed to escape harm.

The umpiring took another hit when the Tribe was attempting a last-ditch effort to get back into the game. Second base umpire Dan Iassagna missed a call that should’ve had the first two runners on in the inning. It likely would’ve been no more than window dressing on the final score if the call was made correctly, but something needs to be done.

If you’re the Indians, you’re probably happy with a split with the bats being generally useless. And if I’m Nick Hagadone, I’m probably not expecting to see much action, if any, with the big club for a while.

Game 1: W: Justin Masterson (6-2); L: David Phelps (1-2); Player of the Game: Justin Masterson

Game 2: W: Vidal Nuno (1-0); L: Trevor Bauer (1-2); S: Adam Warren (1); Player of the Game: Vidal Nuno

6 Comments

  • The Doctor says:

    Pop Quiz: The Indians have runners on base and two outs. Who do you least want to see at the plate?

    If you’re thinking it’s anyone other than Asdrubal Cabrera, you haven’t been paying attention. Outside of that series with KC he has looked totally lost. I am sorry to keep harping on this, but it just baffles me that Francona keeps batting him third.

    Anytime he comes up with men on, I honestly think his approach is to swing at the first two pitches regardless of where they are. Then he’ll take a pitch or two (just to get my hopes up ever so slightly), get just the tiniest piece of a pitch he shouldn’t have swung at for a foul ball, before finishing the AB with either a completely clueless looking K or a feeble infield pop. He is driving me CRAZY.

    • Tazmon Sims says:

      Doctor Who?….sorry I couldn’t resist…I understand your trepidation, however I disagree and think with this line-up he will relax and start hitting the other way and then his power will return, I would say Lonnie Chisenhall…although in his defense I don’t feel comfortable with him in most situations, he just happens to be one of those players like Robin Ventura, Ron Gant or our own Cory Snyder that seems to be able to hit well, when you up by 5 or down by 5 and there are 2 people on and no pressure to win or lose applies…..please tell me I’m wrong (don’t just say it please give me stats or things you have noticed) I could just be picking on a young kid who has all this potential that I just don’t or can’t see….thanks for the question, it’s a good one……

      • The Doctor says:

        Fair or not, I wasn’t really considering Chisenhall since he was sent down this morning. But he has certainly struggled. Overall his numbers have been worse than Cabrera, so I assume his RISP numbers are worse as well. I will have to take a peek when I have a moment.

  • DP Roberts says:

    In his last 2 appearances, Hagedone has recorded only 1 out while giving up 6 earned runs. It makes me so mad I could punch something!

  • Mark says:

    My son and I drove up from Cincinnati for the doubleheader. I don’t know exactly what is going on in downtown Cleveland, but it took us 45 minutes to travel from the Ontario St exit to the Parking Garage on Huron St (I think it was called Gateway East). So we missed 3 full innings (and the only run scored in game 1). My hope was that because of the traffic jam that I would see a glimpse of the old sold-out days of the 90′s. I was disappointed that the “crowd” was only around 23,000 for a doubleheader with the Yankees under blue skies! Given the poor way traffic moved on a non-sold out event, I think I am beginning to understand one reason why attendance is averaging only 14,000 at Progressive Field.