Here’s to a great week!
Braves 11, Indians 5
Sunday night stinker. Shane Bieber was hit hard, lasting just 2 1⁄3 innings and giving up five earned runs (7 runs total). Francisco Lindor did homer at least. With the loss, Cleveland is now 12-9 on the year.
A nice 1-2-3 inning for the catcher, who hit 80+ mph a few times. His career ERA now drops to 9.00.
From Joe Noga:
When Indians closer Brad Hand worked the ninth inning of Saturday’s opening game win in a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, manager Terry Francona made the decision that the 29-year-old lefty would not pitch in the nightcap.
The Indians held an 8-4 lead, but it did not matter to Francona, who in the past has pitched his closer in games where there was no save opportunity.
“My thinking is, and I’ve evolved over the years, when you have a four-run lead, I know it’s not a save situation, but if you break it down, the first guy gets on, you gotta get your guy up,” Francona said. “The second guy gets on, he’s in the game. So, nine times out of 10 you’re going to get the guy hot, pitching. Why bring him in with traffic? A win’s a win. Take the win.”