Things are not going well for the Tribe. After falling to the Tigers again on Saturday afternoon by a score of 6-4, the Indians have now lost six games in a row, and 14 out of their last 18 games. They have won back to back games only once since May 20th. All of the good will and positive vibes built up during the beginning and early parts of May? Gone. Now, they find themselves a season high 4.5 games back of the Tigers with another game left to play today.
Like I said. Things are not going well. (Thanks Mike and Mike).
The Tribe did manage to get out to a 1-0 start yesterday afternoon, but behind a less than stellar 4.0 innings from Carlos Carrasco it just wouldn’t last. Carrasco was not effective. Not at all. In 4.0 innings of work he allowed 6 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks and showed the lack of focus and control that is becoming a staple of his performances on the mound.
In the bottom of the second inning, Carrasco allowed a run on a single by Any Dirks to tie things up at 1-1. Then a few batters later, after loading the bases, Prince Fielder delivered the biggest blow of the game. His three run double to deep right center put the Tigers up 4-1 and once again put the Indians in a hole to dig out of. The following inning, the Tigers loaded the bases again. This time it was Avisail Garcia and Andy Dirks driving in runs. By the time the third inning was over the Tigers led 6-1.
The Indians did attempt to make a game of it in the later innings thanks to the efforts of Ryan Raburn. In the top of the fifth, Raburn drove in the Indians second run of the game on a ground out to short stop Jhonny Peralta, scoring Carlos Santana. Then, in the top of the seventh Raburn homered to left. The two run shout cut the Tigers’ lead to 6-4, but unfortunately that was all the offense the Tribe was able to muster up from that point forward.
The Good: Ryan Raburn had himself a day hitting a home run and driving in three runs. Other than that it was a pretty uneventful day for the rest of the lineup.
The Bad: As easy as it is to blame Carlos Carrasco, and believe me, he was a main contributor to yesterday’s short comings, Nick Swisher has been terrible. He is 0 for his last 24. Not exactly what we had in mind when he signed with the Indians this offseason. He needs to turn things around, otherwise the Tribe might continue to struggle.
The Huh?: At the time when I wrote about the curse of Mike and Mike, I was mostly joking around. Well… since their visit to Progressive Field, the Indians are a ridiculously bad 4-14. Please, Mike and Mike… Never come back.