Was this Josh Tomlin’s last outing as a Cleveland Indian?
Tomlin, who entered Thursday’s game with an absymal 6.44 ERA, pitched well in what most likely was his final appearance of 2018, giving up just one earned run over 4 2⁄3 innings. Tomlin didn’t figure into the decision, as the ballgame went into extra innings, with the Tribe losing 2-1.
Tomlin gave up four hits, struck out five, and didn’t allow a walk (classic Tomlin). The one run came on a solo homer (not going to say it) from Kansas City’s Adalberto Mondesi.
In 2019, Josh Tomlin will . . .
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Pitch well as a long reliever/extra starter for the Tribe
Pitch poorly for the Tribe
Pitch well for another MLB team
Pitch poorly for another MLB team
Become the greatest bullpen coach ever
Back to Thursday’s game, the Indians struggled offensively to score those all-important runs. The Tribe racked up ten hits, but the ol’ 1-10 with runners in scoring position was plenty lacking. The Indians scored their only run early, with Francisco Lindor singling to lead off the game and then advancing to third thanks to the Royals being the Royals (an error and a balk). Jose Ramirez lofted a 3-0 fastball deep enough to left field for a sacrifice fly to plate Lindor.
Josh Donaldson had three hits for the good guys, while Yandy Diaz and Melky Cabrera each had two. The Indians also got two stolen bases from Greg Allen (plus a really nice catch in centerfield), giving him 20 on the year and unlocking this cool trivia fact.
The Indians have four players (Ramirez, Lindor, Davis, Allen) with 20+ stolen bases in a season for the first time since the franchise was known as the Cleveland Naps. Last time: 1911.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 28, 2018
The Tribe’s bullpen pitched well after Tomlin departed, with Andrew Miller, Dan Otero, Jon Edwards, and Tyler Olson all with scoreless appearances. Neil Ramirez got two quick outs in the 10th inning, but two walks, two steals, and a Salvador Perez single earned him the loss.
Mike Clevinger will get the ball in game two of the series, with the Royals countering with veteran Ian Kennedy. Let’s hop Clevinger pitches great and locks up a starting rotation spot for the ALDS.