Today’s Recap in GIF Form
Have the players of Cleveland been wicked and sinners against the baseball gods exceedingly?
This afternoon’s contest against the Kansas City Royals turned into an onslaught of fire and brimstone after the fifth inning. Ten unanswered runs from the Royals turned a Carlos Carrasco shutout bid into a performance that set defensive baseball back one hundred years. Three errors by the Tribe and a sloppy display in the field combined with an unexpected eruption from the dormant Royals offense sealed the fate of the Indians in today’s 12-5 loss.
To be fair, Carlos Carrasco tossed a gem up until the fifth inning. He’d allowed a hit and a walk, facing only one more than the minimum thanks to a double play (a rare instance of defensive competence today). Unfortunately, even the hardiest gems burst into worthless shards under the pressure of divine retribution. Carrasco started the bottom of the fifth by allowing a single, a single, a two-run double, and a walk. Out of nowhere, the gods gifted Carrasco an out when Ned Yost inexplicably called for a sacrifice bunt. Always eager to punish stupidity, the gods forced Alcides Escobar to pop up right to Carrasco. At this point, he returned to the mound with a one-run lead and an out in his hands.
He immediately gave up another two-run double and got yanked from the game in favor of Nick Goody. The situation grew yet more dire when Goody allowed a home run to Lorenzo Cain.
If this outburst could be considered an eruption, then the seventh inning would be on part with the theoretical explosion of the Yellowstone Caldera. Yes, I am suggesting that watching this inning was as bad as or worse than everyone west of the Mississippi instantly exploding, then being covered by lava flows.
Austin Jackson set the tone when he became a player from MLB The Show, dropping a ball that smacked into the webbing of his glove. He surely muttered, “OH and he BOTCHES it!” under his breath while collecting it and throwing it back to the infield.
Three consecutive singles off of Dan “Probably should get DFA’d” Otero drove the lead to five. To Otero’s credit, he did get one out before he loaded the bases and handed the ball over to Salazar. The Czar did not fare any better. Perhaps attempting to turn a double play to escape the meltdown, Jose Ramirez only accelerated it by booting a ball in front of Lindor. Two runs scored on the error, and then another single pushed the score to 11-3.
Wait so did anything good happen?
There were a couple of bright spots for the Tribe today. I literally mean just two.
Bradley Zimmer: He played well defensively today, and launched a two-run blast in the second inning. Zimmer now owns a slash of .295/.367/.591 since debuting with the team, along with three home runs. It’s too early to officially proclaim that Zimmer is the real deal — recall the eventual snap-back that Tyler Naquin recieved from opposing pitchers last year — but the early returns suggest a long-term solution at a position that has nagged at the Indians lineup for years.
Carlos Santana: Our
bounty hunter switch-hitting friend also went yard in the second inning. his seventh invocation of the following this season:
‘los added a double in the eighth, scoring two and finishing the day with 3 RBI. A red-hot Santana would provide serious momentum for an offense that struggled to keep it at times.
There are going to be better days on the horizon for the Indians. I hope those of us who needed to watch the entire game for some ungodly reason can enjoy them together, soon.