The buzz around town is that I’m already out of bug puns one sentence into this recap. Luck you.
Yes, if you couldn’t tell by watching the game, following the game on Twitter, or even seeing the cloud of nasty insects lighting up Cleveland’s doppler radar system, there were a lot of midges in Progressive Field today. While I’m assuming most of those winged freeloaders didn’t buy a ticket, they were all able to take in a very impressive Corey Kluber start when they weren’t busy divebombing into Greg Allen’s eyeball.
Seriously, everyone was annoyed with the bugs, but Allen looked like he was being plastered with bugs in every at-bat. Poor guy probably wishes he was in Columbus right now, instead he’s up here in the majors dealing with bugs and the change to make his lifelong dream come true and be an everyday starter. Life is rough sometimes, man.
The Indians offense came about on just two big hits: Lonnie Chisenhall’s single in the second to give the Indians a 2-0 lead (also known as Lonald’s first game back from the disabled list), and Jose Ramirez’s 19th bomb of the season an inning later to give them their third and final run of the game.
Prior to the game, Jose told reporters that he wanted to be in the Home Run Derby and he said he’d win. At this point, there’s no reason to not believe him. He second in the American League in home runs, and first in hitting home runs while also looking very angry at the baseball.
As is tradition now, Corey Kluber was forced to pitch well over 100 pitches (112), and he was great all the way throughout. He didn’t walk a single batter all game, extending his impressive streak of walkless starts to five — the last time he issued a free base was against these very Milwaukee Brewers when he walked Domingo Santana on May 8. That’s over a month ago.
This is the point of the recap where I refer to Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja)’s entire Twitter account to see how dominant Corey Kluber was. Here are a few highlights worth forever embedding into your brain:
Corey Kluber, Filthy 85mph Slider. pic.twitter.com/biBunWq84u— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 6, 2018
Corey Kluber, 94mph back door Two Seamer (outside corner/foul) & 86mph Slider (Swing and Miss), Overlay.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 6, 2018
Good illustration of how Kluber gets hitters to fish off the plate/tunnel. pic.twitter.com/hrV2KgNoee
Corey Kluber, Filthy 94mph Two Seamer movement. pic.twitter.com/TR7aDrw6pi— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) June 6, 2018
Although Cody Allen gave up a 107.9 mile-per-hour home run to start off the ninth inning (the hardest hit ball of the game), the bullpen actually kept it together and were able to give Corey Kluber a win dispute the offense only putting up three runs.
Neil Ramirez, who worked a hitless eighth inning, hasn’t given up a run since May 24 and he was just as effective on the mound tonight. Cody Allen has had rougher go of it lately — tonight’s home run marks his third run given up in his last two outings — maybe he’s finally coming around if tonight is any indication. His curveball was nowhere near located, but he finished the game on a pretty solid four-seamer on the outside edge to get Jonathan Villar looking. I’m not saying the bullpen is up to 2016 or 2017 snuff yet, but baby steps. Tiny, drunk-toddler stumbling, can barely walk five inches without falling over, baby steps.
A win is a win and a win is good, but what’s most of important of all? I got to use this GIF again.
Lonnie's back— Let's Go Tribe (@LetsGoTribe) June 6, 2018
Bullpen didn't blow it
FLY THE W pic.twitter.com/1l7W9kQ720
Thank you, Indians.