Indians fall to 45-51
The Cleveland Indians suffered their third straight blowout loss to the Chicago White Sox tonight, and this one was pretty much over before the Tribe even got to bat. Despite some home team runs late when the game was out of reach, the White Sox five runs in the top of the first inning put the hammer down on this game right away.
It is hard to blame Carlos Carrasco for having a terrible game because he honestly did not look that bad in the first inning. At least some blame needs to put his shoulders, but the White Sox did not score on anything hit hard in that disastrous first inning – only five singles and a double. Most of the hits were nothing more than weak groundballs and bloop hits that dropped into the outfield. If you worship the BABIP gods of old, you may want to check your sacrificial shrine, because it is clearly not working.
Carrasco did recover as well as someone who pitches over 30 pitches in one inning can. Through his other three innings of work, he struck out four batters, walked two and gave up a solo home run to the Sox number nine hitter, Carlos Sanchez.
A bullpen mixture of Jeff Manship, Austin Adams and Cody Allen combined to let the White Sox batters walk over them for their other three runs of the night.
However, bad BABIP luck or not, there is no denying that the Indians just looked putrid again tonight, both offensively and defensively. Melky Cabrera continued to dominate in this series, going 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. It does not matter which pitcher the Tribe throw at him, Melky is hitting everything right now.
Offensively the Kipnis-less lineup going up against Chris Sale performed about how you would expect. They did tack on some runs and hits late when the game was already well out of hand and everyone but Mike Aviles and Brandon Moss tallied at least one hit. Even Francisco Lindor came just a few feet from hitting his fourth home run of the series. Instead, he settled on a double off a ball that bounced off the top of the scoreboard.
Let’s be honest, this game was panful to watch. The best thing about it happened earlier in the day when Larry Doby finally had his memorial statue revealed with a great ceremony:
If the Indians were a little closer to being in the playoff race, being blown out by a basement-dwelling division rival would not be the end of the world. But, considering the perilous position the Tribe are currently in, this series feels like the final nail in a long, painful coffin. I would love to be proven wrong, but it would take a mighty turnaround for the Tribe now, as they sit well out of the playoff race and trending downward.
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