The last road trip to California with this many problems starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. At least Clark Griswold had the satisfaction of punching that moose in the nose.
The Indians dropped their sixth game in a row Wednesday night, leaving them with an 0-6* record on the now-completed road trip, 5.5 games behind the 1st place Tigers. It's hard to identify anything that well in this one; even David Murphy's double, which plated the Tribe's only run of the night, was followed up by him getting thrown out easily on a misguided stolen-base attempt.
*Would you say, "a zero and six record," or "an oh and six record?"
The decision to have Zach McAllister pitch on only three days' rest looks like a bad one, as he labored through 4.1 innings, needing 101 pitches just to make it that far into the game. He gave up five runs on four hits and four walk. One of those runs was unearned, because the Indians can't make it through a game without an error anymore (tonight's culprit: Yan Gomes, who made an impressive 7 errors in April).
Marc Rzepczynski came in and was charged with two more runs, both of which scored after he exited game, when the newest member of the Tribe bullpen, Carlos Carrasco gave up a line-drive double off the wall to Mike Trout. John Axford pitched a a scoreless 9th, with Francona figuring he'd waited long enough for a save opportunity.
The pitching and defense could have been better, but not to be out-shined, the offense was even worse. They managed just 3 hits all night. That double by Murphy that I mentioned earlier actually put the Indians ahead in the 2nd inning, but if there's one thing the Indians are even worse at than taking a lead, it's holding onto one. By the time they came to bat again in the 3rd, they were behind, and after Elliot Johnson led off the inning with a double, Angels starter C.J. Wilson retired the next three hitters to get out of the inning. Then he retired the next three, and the next three, and the...
By the time Wilson's night ended after the 8th inning, he'd gotten 18 outs in a row. The Tribe's 3-for-28 performance tonight means they end the month with a team batting average of .232 and a .356 slugging percentage, which is the lowest of any American League team.
Thursday's brings the blessed relief of a day off, before the Indians are forced to try and play baseball again on Friday, back home against the White Sox.
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