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Indians lose 11-4 as Corey Kluber is hit hard again

The Indians suck.

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 11, Indians 4

Box Score

Indians fall to 8-15

The Indians are a terrible baseball team right now. There are any number of ways to show that, involving the offense, the defense, the bullpen, and the reigning American League Cy Young winner. Your fun fact for tonight: The Tribe hasn't won two games in a row for three and a half weeks. Last season the longest the team ever went without even a two-game winning streak was 11 games. This run is now at 20 games and counting. It's true that the team has had some bad luck on balls in play, with a huge spread between their BABIP and the BABIP they've allowed, but don't let that confuse the issue: The Indians aren't any good, at least now right now.

Corey Kluber took the mound tonight, still looking for his first win of 2015. Tyler Holt (who was a late fill in for Michael Bourn, who was scratched from the lineup with a neck strain) couldn't make the catch in the play you see in the photo above, which allowed Toronto to score a run in the 1st. Jason Kipnis led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk though, then moved over on a single by Jose Ramirez, and over again on a ground by by Michael Brantley, and then came in to score on a grounder by Carlos Santana, tying the game back up. Two innings later Kipnis walked again, and scored on a single by Brantley, putting the Tribe ahead.

The lead didn't last long though, as Kluber gave up a long home run to Russell Martin in the top of the 4th. Then in the 5th Kluber gave up a single and walked back-to-back hitters, which isn't a good recipe for success. The Tribe was soon behind 4-2, and things got even worse in the 6th, when Kluber gave up a leadoff double and was understandably pulled from the game. Marc Rzepczynski, Anthony Swarzak, and Bryan Shaw each came in to record one out in the inning, but allowed six runs to score.

Kluber pitched very well in his first three starts. It was anyone but his fault the team didn't win any of those games. His last three appearances have been a different story though, as he's allowed 14 earned runs in 17.1 innings, with a whopping 31 hits allowed, including a couple home runs. Today he didn't look sharp to me at all, and his season-low 3 strikeouts say something about how little he was fooling anyone.

It's going to be a long season if Corey Kluber keeps giving up nearly two hits an inning.

That first series of the season in Houston is the only one the Tribe has won all season, and today's debacle means they best they can do in this four-game set is get a split. Trevor Bauer, who's been the best pitcher on the team so far this season, will be on the hill Sunday to try and make that happen. Since they lost today, at least there's a chance they could win tomorrow.

Win Expectancy Chart

Source: FanGraphs

Roll Call

Game Thread

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