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Terrible pitching sinks Indians once again, Tribe loses 13-7 to Yankees

The Indians scored seven runs on eleven hits, but it didn’t matter because the pitching was awful.

Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Yankees 13, Indians 7

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Indians fall to 61-46

The Indians won yesterday, but their victory was in spite of the starting pitching, not because of it. So today’s dud by Josh Tomlin represents the fifth straight poor outing by an Indians starter. Five straight starts in which the starter couldn’t get through fifth inning. In four of those starts the starter allowed at least six runs.

Tomlin’s start was pushed back to tonight so that Mike Clevinger wouldn’t start in Yankee stadium, and so was going on an extra days’ rest. The gambit worked yesterday (though, as mentioned, Clevinger wasn’t exactly sharp), but tonight it didn’t. Tomlin gave up a run in the first inning, and things didn’t get any better from there. The key inning of the night was the third inning, in which the Yankees scored five runs. Four of those runs came on one swing of the bat; Starlin Castro hit a two-out grand slam after Tomlin intentionally walked Chase Headley to load the bases.

After that inning, the secondary goal was for Tomlin to go as deep into the game as possible, and help lessen the blow on a gassed bullpen. But even that didn’t happen. After Chris Gimenez hit a three-run homer to get the Indians back into the game, Tomlin couldn’t get out of the bottom of the inning, and that started a chain of events that would guarantee a loss even though the Indians would end up scoring 7 runs.

Zach McAllister got the Indians out of the fifth inning, then Francona called upon Shawn Morimando, who is usually a starting pitcher. He was hoping that Morimando could finish the game, so that even with an Indians loss nobody else would need to be used. But Morimando would not only give up two runs in the sixth, but would expend over 40 pitches just to get through that inning. He came out again in the seventh, but didn’t retired a batter before Francona had to go get him. Kyle Crockett would be called upon to eat some innings, and will likely be unavailable for the next couple of days.

And the really frustrating thing is that the Indians scored seven runs, meaning that had the bullpen done its job, or even allowed a run or two, they would have had a chance to win this game. But thanks to the events of the past week, once Tomlin left early, the Indians had to go with AAA callups and pitchers that wouldn’t be on the roster if there weren’t three relievers on the DL. Had the bullpen been rested perhaps you might have seen Dan Otero pitch the sixth inning, with Bryan Shaw throwing the seventh, holding the fort long enough for the offense to rally. But instead the bullpen would allow six runs, and although the Tribe offense didn’t make it easy for the Yankee relievers (Dellin Betances warmed up multiple times over the last couple innings), the Indians would not bring the tying run to the plate.

Let’s hope that Corey Kluber, who starts tomorrow afternoon, restores some sanity to this pitching staff.