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Red-hot offense falters as Indians fall short in St. Louis

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John Gant shut down the Tribe despite issuing five walks

MLB: Cleveland Indians at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It is very late, so this will be a short recap.

Another rain delay, but not another victory tonight for the Cleveland Indians. Starting two hours later the scheduled, the Indians fell to the Cardinals 4-0 thanks to seven innings of shutout baseball from John Gant and fine bullpen work. I’m choosing to blame in on another case of the Indians struggling against a a relative unknown on the mound, but that’s not all that worked against them.

Patience failed to reward the Tribe. They worked five walks against Gant, but simply couldn’t combine those efforts with hits. Gant allowed only one, as did Jordan Hicks. They finally built some momentum with back-to-back singles off of Aaron Gomber, but Bud Norris ended the game by striking out Gomes and inducing a double play on a soft liner to short.

As for Clevinger: he didn’t look bad today. He allowed two runs in five innings, and for once managed to throw fewer than 100 pitches. He mixed in four strikeouts amongst six hits and two walks. Not lights-out, but we’ve certainly seen worse starts in our time. It’s also better than writing the bad-bullpen-game-template article again.

If you want to feel a little bit better about the offense, you might be able to attribute it to bad luck on balls in play. The Indians only struck out six times tonight, and two of those were Clevinger’s at-bats. That’s 23 balls in play, of which only four became hits.

That’s about all I’ve got left in the tank for tonight, kids. The Indians continue this three-game series tomorrow night.