Indians fall to 10-11
Stop me if you've heard this before: the Cleveland Indians looked to nab a victory from the Phillies, yet couldn't muster enough offense to overcome an early deficit and lost by a score of 4-3. Oh...this sounds like the first game of the series? Unfortunately, this isn't deja vu, and the Tribe lost in a similar fashion two nights in a row.
Tonight's game really hinged on two things: Trevor Bauer pitching well on his first outing since returning to the rotation and the offense not striking out 87 times. One of these goals was accomplished, but the other wasn't, which ultimately led to the Tribe dropping their second game of the series and their fourth of the road trip.
Bauer started off the game looking like it would be a short outing. By the third batter he faced, the Tribe was already down 2-0 thanks to a single from Odubel Herrera and a homer by Freddy Galvis. In the second, Bauer gave up another run thanks to an RBI single from pitcher Jerad Eickhoff, which increased the deficit to 3. All in all, Bauer only made it through four innings before being pulled without recording an out in the fifth. Since this was Bauer's first time starting since being sent to the bullpen, who knows how long Tito would have let him pitch regardless of the game situation? At any rate, if Bauer is going to be in the rotation for the next 6-8 weeks (and probably longer), he will need to work deeper into games. To Bauer's credit, 3 runs isn't terrible, he didn't let the game get out of control, and there were times when he looked legitimately unhittable (his curveball had some especially nice bite to it on occasion).
The offense looked more competent at the plate tonight and only struck out 5 times instead of 19, which is a plus. The main offense came at the hands of Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez. Kipnis had a sac fly in the third to bring home the Tribe's first run, and Perez hit a deep fly to dead center in the fifth to score the second. Kip would tie the game in the same inning with an RBI single, but that would be the last run the Tribe would score.
The bottom of the fifth had some wacky (read: poor) baserunning by the Phillies that ended up costing them a couple of runs, which ended up prolonging the tie game for a couple of innings. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Freddy Galvis hit a sharp ground ball to Juan Uribe at third. Uribe was playing in on the grass, so he had the chance to get the lead runner and prevent the run from scoring. He and Roberto Perez caught Peter Bourjos in a pickle, and the umpire eventually called him out for running out of the base path. Fast forward a couple of batters, and a wild pitch prompted Odubel Herrera to try and reach home plate. But the wild pitch wasn't all that wild, and it only bounced a few feet in front of Perez. Perez was able to recover quickly and tagged Herrera out at the plate. The play was reviewed, but the call was quickly confirmed to get the Tribe out of the inning.
The game breaking run would come at the hands of Tommy Hunter, who had just been called up from AAA to bolster the Tribe's bullpen. Galvis, probably feeling guilty about causing his teammate to get caught in a pickle earlier, singled on a bloop hit to right field (Hammy thought it should have been caught), which allowed the Phillies fourth and final run to score. The Tribe made it interesting in the ninth, getting as far as having the tying and go-ahead run both in scoring position with Jason Kipnis at the plate. Kip laced a bullet to deep right, but Peter Bourjos made a fantastic catch at the wall to end the game.
- Lonnie Chisenhall looks to finally be heating up, as he had 3 hits on the night (including a double in the third)
- Tyler Naquin continues to prove that he should be starting every day; he picked up two more hits on the evening, including a standing triple in the fifth.
- Joba Chamberlain may be the most underrated arm in the pen right now, as he went another 1.2 innings without giving up a run.
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Tomorrow, the Tribe looks to salvage the series as they send Danny Salazar to the hill for a 2:35 PM start time.