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One Very Bad Bunt dashes hope in extras as Cleveland falls, 4-3

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Many other things happened, but that was nuts

MLB: Houston Astros at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

I would like to declare my independence from this baseball team.

This is an insane overreaction. As things continue to explode in the air throughout the day I may come to feel that it is only “gross” or “unnecessary”.

For a number of months, this team managed to work around injuries and a general inability to outscore opponents. I enjoyed this, but the team was also 40-30. Staring at a losing streak, a lengthy injured list, and a negative run differential, I feel much different about 42-39 and am beginning to accept what may be a long-overdue regression.

Still, I feel especially stressed when the latest entry into the loss column involved a passed ball and a double-play-pop-up-bunt from our dear friend Roberto Pérez. That’s not. Neither of those are. How can you. I’m sorry?

Many other important things happened during today’s game. For example, Cal Quantrill pitched well and some of that is attributable to Pérez’s presence. In five and a third innings on short rest, Quantrill allowed three runs, earned three strikeouts, and offered two walks. That’s an excellent outing and exactly what the team needed today.

Phil Maton struggled but stayed afloat and run-free with Bryan Shaw’s help. Shaw then tacked toward the top of the ninth before leaving the helm to Emmanuel Clase. Clase pitched great, actually, but a storm so close to port is bound to cause problems. He didn’t catch a ball at first base and that led to a run, but I’m not sure he should wear today’s albatross.

We lost, by the way. I think I forgot to mention that before declaring independence like a jerk.

Corner Pieces

  • Ernie Clement made several excellent plays at third base. The best stole a double from Jose Altuve. Tom Hamilton already believed it was by the bag and skipping into the outfield but he punctuated his usual call with a shout of joy. Clement uncoiled a surprisingly (to me, a man who allegedly follows prospects) strong throw to first for the out.

His pick-and-pickle in the top of the tenth bears more weight on the outcome, but it is clear which play better showcased his ... G R I T

  • Despite failing to reach base, Bradley Zimmer created a run by grounding out to the pitcher. He could have created more runs, but he created the run that he did. It ended up being consequential.
  • Franmil Reyes continues to scuttle in his return. He earned a sombrero (three strikeouts on the day; a golden sombrero equals four, platinum five, and the rest are theoretical to me) and couldn’t convert from the lead-off spot in the bottom of the ninth. I am not overly concerned with the status of his production. Yet.
  • Oscar Mercado struck out in his only appearance. What. No. How.

Wait, what?

Roberto Pérez allowed a passed ball in the top of the tenth on strike three. Rather than one out and a run on second, Cleveland was forced to contend with runners on the corners and no outs. While Clase failed to catch a throw at first on a double-play attempt, that situation isn’t guaranteed to arise without the best defensive catcher in baseball first making a critical error.

Roberto Pérez also popped up a bunt to start a double play in what is perhaps the first instance in baseball history of the first pitch of an inning resulting in two outs. Buntotron went off, folks. I was initially angered at Harold Ramirez, but he went on contact as told and the contact was bad.

Roberto Pérez also ma—

What’s next?

Go cook outdoors and blow stuff up.