Indians 4, White Sox 11
Indians fall to 83-60
6 Game lead in AL Central
Based on the game thread, the Tribe fans on the outside has about as much fun the Tribe fans on the inside. On the flip side, we can say that we were present for baseball history; the White Sox scored a run in every inning, marking only the 17th time that a team has accomplished this feat in the history of Major League Baseball. Earlier this season the Milwaukee Brewers pulled it off, and before that the Tigers did it in 2014.
The last time the Indians allowed the opposition to score in every inning? September 16, 1903, against the Boston Americans.
A few defensive miscues and an off-night from Carlos Carrasco enabled the White Sox's offensive breakout. We've grown a bit more accustomed to the Carrasco that challenges Kluber for Ace status, but tonight the line doesn't quite fit that description:
Six more pitchers followed Carrasco, but it wouldn't matter; the Indians coughed up the lead and would never sneak back. After the second, only a #PartyAtNapolis provided excitement for the Tribe faithful, unless you're a baseball history nerd.
Since you're a member of this website, I can only assume that you are.
It wasn't all misery and errata for the Indians tonight. In the top of the second, a miniature offensive eruption occurred. Jose Ramirez "doubled" on a tweener fly ball in right field. The ball should have been caught, but some kind of miscommunication sent the ball plummeting to the ground. Then, Lonnie Chisenhall singled, Rajai Davis doubled, and Perez singled home Davis after he tagged on a Tyler Naquin flyout. The three runs gave the Indians the lead, although the game might have shaped up differently had Carlos Santana not grounded into a double play to end the inning. From my seat by first, he looked out, so I wasn't surprised to hear that the replay could not overturn it.
The third inning is when things got pretty ugly for the Indians. Lonnie made a pretty bad Chisenerror on a short fly ball in right. He appeared to get caught between a diving catch and a crow-hop one-bouncer. He tried to pick it like a first baseman and it rolled right past him, all the way to the Miller Lite Sports Bar & Porch.
If this wasn't bad enough, don't worry: HE DID IT AGAIN IN THE FIFTH. I'm not really sure what happened to his brain on this one. So much worse. He legitimately looked frightened of the ball for a second, like he was a shelter dog who doesn't realize that a raised hand is only going to scratch him behind the ears. This is the second straight game that there's been some unfortunate Chisenproblems.
Fortunately, the Chisenglove rarely betrays us; unfortunately, the goofs tonight cost a little bit more than his previous stumble over first base.
He isn't the only one who cost the Indians in the field. The White Sox scored on a sacrifice fly that could have been an out after a brilliant throw from Tyler Naquin, except that Perez dropped the tag. The Indians even managed to give up a run on a strikeout tonight.
We've certainly seen worse games this year, although this one comes on the same day the team announced that Salazar is shut down for the rest of the regular season. Are we likely to see him again in the postseason? It's uncertain for now, if he does, It's unlikely to be as a start. Even if they cleared him for relief work, I doubt the team would risk the health of an elite arm just to sneak in a few innings here and there.
Tomorrow night the Tribe return to Guaranteed Rate Field (saying that is like biting down on a 9-volt battery) with Trevor Bauer on the mound. Jose Quintana pitches for the White Sox, so the offense won't have it any easier tomorrow night.
Hopefully this recap-from-inside-the-park experiment went well! I'd say the only major downside is having to finish this from atop a trashcan outside the stadium, but it was great to meet some of the regulars and catch a game together!
See you tomorrow night?