The Indians started the game with two of their key offensive players out of the lineup, and before the night was over, another one was out. Travis Hafner wasn't playing because the game was in an NL park. Michael Brantley was out with a sore shoulder. And Shin-Soo Choo left the game after being hit in the hand by a Jonathan Sanchez pitch. So it wasn't surprising that the offense managed just two hits off Sanchez and the San Francisco bullpen.Sanchez only lasted 4.2 innings thanks to six walks and all that pitches that go along with them, but the Indians couldn't manage anything against the Giants' bullpen, blowing their one opportunity in the eighth after Carlos Santana was picked off.
This lack of offense might not have mattered had the defense not allowed three unearned runs. Carlos Carrasco was brilliant again, allowing just one earned run over eight innings. Carrasco's only real blemish was an Andres Torres home run in the fourth. But he got the loss because Carlos Santana made a couple of errors that led to a three-run inning for the Giants. Santana made a poor throw to second after fielding would could have been a double play ball. After Torres singled to load the bases, another grounder was hit towards Santana, and this time he couldn't handle the ball. Neither play was an easy one for a catcher still learning to play first base, especially the second one, but they should have been made.The Giants took the lead later in the inning when Jack Hannahan put a pop fly down the left line, but in the process stumbled; this allowed Torres to tag up and scamper home from third.
After the game, the news got worse. X-rays revealed that Choo had a broken thumb, and will headed for the DL. Travis Buck will be brought back from AAA, and it looks like he and Austin Kearns will be holding down right field for the time being. But with Choo out six weeks, the Indians are probably going to have to look for another option.
|Highest WPA||Lowest WPA|
|Santana (offense only!)||.136||Carrasco||-.260|