Indians fall to 14-22
The Tribe had to be at their most hapless to lose this encounter against a decidedly mediocre Rangers team. As a team they somehow contrived to strand nine on base in the first five innings, while making fielding blunders and losing another out on the basepaths.
Brandon Moss and Lonnie Chisenhall were the worst culprits offensively, both going 0-4 with six left on base each. They set the tone in the 1st inning when they both struck out swinging after Kipnis and Murphy had reached. Michael Bourn then compounded this by getting caught stealing in the 2nd (possibly on a planned hit and run in which Perez failed to make contact) and things didn't really improve much from then on. Moss and Chisenhall again failed to get runners home in the 3rd (from a situation with men on 2nd and 3rd with only one out), while in the 5th Michael Bourn struck out with the bases juiced.
The Tribe did actually manage to score earlier in the 5th, when Michael Brantley doubled on a line drive to center field, but one run was a paltry return against a pitcher, Nick Martinez, who was clearly struggling for control, allowing five walks and also hitting Kipnis in the 3rd.
Having missed so many scoring opportunities against Martinez, the Tribe failed dismally to get going against the Rangers' relievers, going 1-2-3 in the 6th, 7th and 8th. As the Tribe limped to defeat with two outs in the 9th, Jason Kipnis singled in the 9th to record his eighth straight game in which he had reached base three or more times, the longest such streak by an Indian for at least 100 years.
Carlos Carrasco had a curious afternoon, striking out nine Rangers while pitching a complete game, but conceding five runs in the process. Not all of those runs were necessarily his fault. Playing in his first game of the season in right field, Nick Swisher made a woeful throw in the 2nd that allowed Adrian Beltre to get home, while in the third Prince Fielder blooped one into center field that Michael Bourn was terribly slow to pick up, allowing Choo to score.
The pick of the Tribe's fielders on the day was probably David Murphy, who seemed most at home in the familiar confines of LF at Globe Life Park.
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