Baseball has a special ability to break down a fan. This weekend was rough on us Tribe fans. The close losses, the blown calls, the loud outs; they all add up to a major case of the disappointments. I'm actually thankful the Indians don't play on Monday, as I need a little recharge to get the positive vibes going again. Here's hoping for a better week!
Phillies 2, Indians 1
Danny Salazar pitched well, besides a rough third inning. The Tribe struggled to get much going offensively and really had some awful at-bats. With the loss, the Indians are now 10-12 on the season.
I can live with human error. It's just not a very good life. From Dennis Manoloff:
Salazar got ahead of Velasquez, 0-2, before throwing three straight balls. He threw a 95-mph fastball that zipped to the outer third of the plate at the knees for strike three -- except it wasn't. Umpire Larry Vanover, for reasons known only to Vanover, called it a ball.
Fox Sports Time Ohio play-by-play voice Matt Underwood said: "Oh, my. How can you give the opposing pitcher the benefit of the doubt on that call? (Velasquez) was 1-for-8 with six strikeouts coming in to this at-bat. That's a pretty good pitch to be calling ball four.''
The pitch, as FoxTrax showed, clearly was a strike. Velasquez having received "benefit of the doubt'' should not apply because there was no doubt.
The backup catcher injured his right thumb while making a diving tag in Saturday night's game against the Phillies. Adam Moore was called up from Triple-A Columbus to serve as Yan Gomes backup while Perez recovers.
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