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Bullpen woes and missed offensive opportunities help Cardinals crush Indians

A winning streak simply wasn't in the cards

We know the feeling, buddy
We know the feeling, buddy
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals 8, Indians 3

box score

Indians fall to 11-20

How it all went down

At one point in this game, the Indians actually came within one run. A single and three doubles in the bottom of the 7th seemed to indicate some signs of life within a struggling Indians offense. Alas, it wasn't enough to overcome sub-par pitching and the offense's earlier missed opportunities. Or the four more runs the bullpen would give up in the 8th.

Tonight's game looked a lot like many games this season. Carlos Carrasco didn't set the world on fire, but he pitched decently enough to sort of keep the team in it. He struck out seven over six and two thirds, but also gave up ten hits on his way to allowing four runs. LGFT Jhonny Peralta and Mary Reynolds combined for three RBI off of Carrasco. Despite Cookie being less than his best - and some lucky bounces for the Cardinals - the offense had plenty of chances to take charge of the game.

The Indians had a great opportunity to strike first with two on and one out in the bottom of the 1st, but Brandon Moss and Nick Swisher struck out to squash the threat. Moss K'd again with runners on second and third with two outs in the 3rd. Then, with the Tribe down 3-0 in the 5th, a golden opportunity presented itself. Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis walked, and Carlos Santana singled to bring up Michael Brantley with the bases loaded and one out. With the way Brantley has been hitting, you'd think the Indians were guaranteed to score at least one in this situation, but nope. Brantley did something he'd only done three times prior this season - struck out. Brandon Moss followed with something he's done seemingly three *hundred* times this season - another K. The spark was once again extinguished.

After Peralta put the Cardinals up 4-0, the Indians responded with the aforementioned three-run inning. Ramirez singled to start things off, and Jason Kipnis, Brantley, and Ryan Raburn all contributed RBI doubles to temporarily reignite that same tired spark. The very next inning would extinguish it for good.

With one out and one on, Jose Ramirez dropped a throw from Bryan Shaw which would have gotten at least the lead running at second. Nick Hagadone came on in relief, striking out Kolten Wong, and hope of this game staying within reach was temporarily restored. But you all should have know better than to hope. An RBI single knocked Hagodone out of the game and put the Cardinals up 5-3. Scott Atchison came on to serve up thecrushing, final blow - a three-run bomb courtesy of Matt Holliday.

So the Indians, not surprisingly, fall to the best team in baseball. The bullpen continues to stink up the joint, and the offense continues to struggle in key situations. And that's about all I have to say about that.

Win expectancy chart


Source: FanGraphs

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