SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING RELATED TO BULLPENS
Now that we have that out of the way with the appropriate amount of catharsis, I want to highlight a few different individuals that managed to give the Indians a chance to win the game today. Despite falling behind early the Indians clawed back to tie the game twice, and credit is deserved for those efforts.
The Indians Fan in the Crowd who Shouted “Stop pitching to Eddie Rosario”
There had to be at least one. They should have listened to him. Alas, “no,” said the pitchers of the Cleveland Indians. “We are professionals and you are some dude in the crowd who just drank a gulp of bud light through a full mouth of popcorn.”
Rosario took them deep three times today, two solo shots, and then a two-run bomb to walk it off in the bottom of the 9th. None of them were on pitches that anyone should ever swing at, but against the Indians Rosario could take a ball to the chest, a la Adam Sandler, and it would sneak over the wall in left.
This section of the recap is for the people who always roll their eyes when we say that Edwin starts slowly, and there is nothing to worry about.
The righty slugged two balls into the upper deck of Target Field to drive in four runs for the Tribe. The second, a three-run job against Pressly, swung the Twins’ odds of winning from 83% to 38%. These percentages would continue to jump around throughout the game, but with four RBIs via the Edwing, the game may not have been particularly close.
Dr. Smooth refused to let the Indians lose today’s game. When the Tribe fell behind in the 7th inning due to another Eddie Rosario home run, Brantley squared up one of his own and launched it down the line into the right field bleachers.
With the score even at five, he struck again in the bottom half of the 8th.
It was more like he, Lindor, and the Twins’ third base coach joining forces to save the Indians from another McAllisterpocalypse. The reliever who is still employed somehow threw a 94 MPH fastball over the center of the plate, and Ryan LaMarre snuck it past Erik Gonzalez along the third base line for a double. Brantley fielded it and hit Lindor, who then uncorked a throw to nab Ehire Adrianza about three steps in front of home plate. Did Lindor throw the ball further than Brantley? Probably, but the left fielder scooped it cleanly and hit his target. BASEBALL.
Zim Zam Flim Flam laid out for a terrific catch in the bottom of the first. At season’s end expect it to be considered one of the top five defensive plays of the entire season.
To sprint eighty feet, lay out, pluck a ball from the air, then hop up and fire a strike to second is not something mere mortals do. That being said, I’m not sure a half-assed version of the folder meme is appropriate for the catch. The catch helped Mike Clevinger navigate through a rocky first inning, though we know that this ultimately didn’t mean much.
I choose to ignore the sombrero that rested on his head as he exited Target Field.
Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, Jose Ramirez
Gomes very nearly hit a home run, but had to settle for a double because the ball was an inch too short to ride the Dingercoaster. Kipnis notched a couple of hits, though no one managed to drive him home. Jose Ramirez walked twice and scored once.
Mike Clevinger pitched wild today. At times, he remained effective, but three early runs surrendered plus another dinger in the seventh adds up to one of his more disappointing starts this season. He walked as many as he struck out — three — and allowed seven hits on top of that. He gave up more than a couple of line outs.
Cody Allen, Indians closer, walked one batter, then allowed a home run to the next. If you’re the type of person that thinks it happened because Allen is the closer and “he’s used to pitching for the save, why did he even end up in a time game?” then how did you even get to this blog?
Erik Gonzalez made a nice play in the bottom of the third, ranging to his left and jump-throwing to a lunging Encarnacion to end the inning
The Indians dropped three of four to the Twins, which puts a little bit of a damper on our plans to turn the AL Central into a piñata, doesn’t it?
The silly Daily Bugle is from an issue of Hawkeye from a while back, by Matt Fraction and David Aja.