Let's talk briefly about the shift and about LOOGY failure. In the top of the fifth inning last night, the Indians deployed the shift against Michael Conforto down 2-1 with two outs. He weakly topped a ball of the end of his bat down the third base line that should have been the third out. The third baseman was stationed somewhere along East 11th Street, however, so Conforto ended up on first.
Two pitches later, Yoenis Cespides hit a no-doubter out of the ballpark, scoring Conforto and putting the Mets ahead 4-1. Out went Cody Anderson, in came sole lefty reliever Ross Detwiler to face left-hander Lucas Duda. The Indians deployed the shift and Duda beat it, grounding the ball to the exact spot vacated by third-baseman Juan Uribe immediately before the pitch.
Switch-hitter Neil Walker, batting from his weak side against the Indians' sole left-handed reliever, took the next pitch out of the park to put the game out of reach. Terry Francona has been adamant in saying that Ross Detwiler is not a LOOGY and it is becoming clear that Francona is right: Detwiler is not a LOOGY because he can't get batters out.
New York (NL) 6 - Cleveland 5
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