Game 61: Rangers 6, Indians 4
Tribe falls to 30-31
Two .500 teams enter, only one leaves... a winning team. That team was not the Cleveland Indians, thanks to a LOOGY (Marc Rzepczynski) being left in to give up the go-ahead HR to righty Michael Choice in the 7th. I don't like to blame managers and Scrabble needed to perform, but that was a costly error.
Yu Darvish did enough to keep the Indians at bay, holding the fort until the Texas offense could crack a 4-4 tie in the 7th. After that, the Indians bats didn't put up much of a fight.
Darvish wasn't his normally sharp and efficient self tonight. He gave up 4 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks and took 110 pitches to get through 7 innings. Those 9 hits are the most that Darvish has given up to any team on the year. And honestly, 4 runs in 7 off of Darvish ain't nothing to shake stick at. But while the Indians bullpen was leaking, Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria combined to give up only a hit and walk in 2 shutout innings.
Trevor Bauer had what I would call a productive learning experience, going 6 1/3 innings with 5H 4ER 6SO and 2BB while keeping his team in the game. The only blemish on the night was in the 2nd, where he yielded 4 hits and all of the 4 of his earned runs. After allowing a single to Alex Rios and a double to Chris Gimenez, Leonys Martin drove in Rios with a sacrifice fly. At that point there were two outs in the inning, but Bauer couldn't close it out. He proceeded to give up a single to Michael Choice and 2 run blast to Rougned Odor, whose name I still think is made up. After that, Bauer wouldn't allow another run and would go on to accumulate 5 of his 6 K's on the night.
The Tribe offense would immediately respond in the top of the 3rd. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis would single and then, with 2 outs, Lonnie Chisenhall would have a very purposed at bat. He took a 2-0 fastball right on the inner half of the plate for a strike. Again, with a 3-1 count, he took another fastball out over the plate for strike 2. Rick Manning was indignant about Lonnie seemingly looking offspeed, but Lonnie put his bat where his eyes were and hammered a 3-2 breaking ball off the RF foul pole to pull within a run.
In the next inning, Cabrera, who would fall a triple shy of the cycle (again), clobbered a HR to right to tie the game. He had a chance to give the team a lead in the 6th, but he dribbled the first pitch he saw back to Darvish to kill the rally. The Rangers tacked on another run in the 8th for good measure along with extending Elvis Andrus' hitting streak against the Tribe, giving the pen more than the cushion it needed to seal the win for Texas.
Oh, and I wouldn't expect to see Mike Aviles in the game tomorrow. In the top of the 8th Aviles hit into what looked like an inning ending double play and when the ball hit Andrus at the pivot, Aviles and the His Golden Calves pulled up. Carlos Santana, however, went in hard to second. If Aviles had been running all the way it would have broken up the double play, but he wasn't and it didn't. It likely had no impact on the outcome of the game, but Aviles knew immediately that he screwed up and he might just get the day to think about it tomorrow.
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