A road trip filled with losses, injuries and a bunch of bullshit. Luckily for the Mariners losing by a thousand only counts as one loss in the standings.
Today was Chase De Jong’s first start of his career and his defense did not help him. Not even a little bit. In the 3rd there was a play at the plate on a perfect throw by Cano and it looked like Ruiz made the tag. It seemed pretty clear on the replay that the runner was out but for some reason Scott Servais chose not to challenge. Cool. After that Gamel botched a fly ball to get out of the inning losing it in the sun. Alright, two weird things happened, what else could happen? Well Segura, who’s a pretty reliable short stop, botches a ground ball (granted it was hit pretty hard) and Servais decided that its just not De Jong’s day and makes the decision to pull him.
GUESS WHAT? THE DISASTER INNING IS STILL GOING.
Case Fien comes in and has an 11 ERA so I wasn’t expecting much and Lindor doubled in two to make it 7-1. Follow that with a two run homer by Brantley to make it 9-1. NOW the inning is over. 11 batters to the plate, 8 runs and 6 hits later….seriously?
The Mariners had a shot to get back into it in the 6th when Cano, Cruz and Seager all singled in runs to make it 7-4. They then had bases loaded 0 outs and proceeded to get 0 runs out of it! Of course they did. A couple more errors by the mariners and a couple more hits by the Indians and it was over.
Final score: 12-4 Indians.
As you saw in the first game of the Tigers series and the blown game against he Angels, this team is prone to a disaster inning. Something they’ve got to clean up if they want to
be a playoff team be a .500 team. (PLEASE)
A couple of good things noted from the road trip – Cruz is on fire, despite injuries to major pieces we still won a series, James Paxton is still MLB’s most under rated starting pitcher and Taylor Motter and Ben Gamel have hair you can’t teach.