The Indians lost 3-2 Friday night, after Trevor Bauer was left in too long in his second consecutive start, and the offense failed to do much, just as it has so many times throughout the first half of this season. Michael Bourn had three hits for the second game in a row, while Jason Kipnis had two doubles for the second straight game, making him the first Tribe player to do that since Jason Michaels in 2006. (We Jasons know how to get things done.) If Bourn and Kipnis can get going, and Santana, Brantley, and Chisenhall can keep hitting well, the lineup would be potent.
Other Tribe items:
Jordan Bastian's daily notes from Friday include word that, as expected, T.J. House will be called up to start for the Indians on Sunday. Terry Francona says Justin Masterson will probably start on Tuesday in Los Angeles, after a couple extra days off. I think that's a mistake though; Masterson should go on the DL.
Elton Alexander at Cleveland.com has a short profile on Indians outfield prospect Carlos Moncrief, who's been playing really well of late for Columbus and could soon make his MLB debut if the Tribe's other options in right field keep struggling.
At The Hardball Times, Eric Lang has a very cool breakdown of outstanding throws of the last 20 years, including the one Yoenis Cespedes unleashed a couple weeks ago, as well as ones by Yasiel Puig, Rick Ankiel, Ichiro Suzuki,Vladimir Guerrero, and Jose Guillen. There's a physics component to it, using each throw's trajectory and time to determine MPH and exit angle. Neat stuff (even if all you do is watch the video of each throw).
Also at The Hardball Times, Eno Sarris spoke with players about what they do and what they're thinking when they're in the on-deck circle. For me as a player, it was a time to loosen up a bit, and try to look cool.
Former player Dirk Hayhurst (who I seem to have mentioned in this space quite a bit lately) is at Sports on Earth this week, with a piece on managerial speeches, which serve a purpose even though they often sound like nonsense to outsiders.
The Pirates and Angels swapped struggling closers Jason Grilli and Ernesto Frieri. If Grilli is installed as closer for the Angels, it will push former Indian Joe Smith out of that role, after he was handed the reins earlier this week.
This week's off-topic topic:
Musical great and Cleveland native Bobby Womack passed away Friday at the age of 70. Womack has been living in Los Angeles, where he first moved (at the encouragement of Sam Cooke) back in 1962, after he and his brothers were kicked out of their home on Cleveland's east side for singing secular music.
Details of his passing have not been released, but he reportedly suffered from Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer.
In addition to his solo career, which included hits such as "Lookin' For a Love", "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", "Woman's Gotta Have It", and "Across 110th Street," Womack wrote songs for and/or played with Cooke, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Jackie Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Sly Stone, the J. Geils Band, and more.
Womack was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rest in peace, Bobby...