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EVERYTHING IS FINE."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsAnalysis & EditorialsCleveland Indians prospects & minor leaguesGame RecapsTransactionsGame RecapsLet’s play a fun game where we don’t spoil the outcome in the headlineNew http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-josh-bell-jersey ,96commentsEVERYTHING IS FINE. EDTShareTweetShareShareLet’s play a fun game where we don’t spoil the outcome in the headlinePeter G. AikenToday’s game had a little bit of everything. If you know what happened you’re probably in the comments section already. If you don’t, I’m going to keep it a secret for a little while. It’s going to be a fun surprise!An Early LeadLeonys Martin once again flashed power in the lead-off spot by starting the game with a home run. That’s three on the season now for Martin. As the first inning progressed, Two more singles by Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Santana (DOUBLE CARLOS POWER) set the stage for Tyler Naquin. He, too, singled. Two runs scored. People looked to each other and nodded, sharing their approval of the events. The early scoring came to a halt when Jake Bauers swung at a slider out of the zone to record the second out and Roberto Perez flied out to center. Still—the Indians gained an early three run lead and looked poised to control the afternoon behind staff Ace Corey Kluber.A Catastrophic StartAbout that. Kluber looked fine in the bottom of the first as he struck out three batters and allowed only an infield single. If only baseball games were so short.Here’s the brief rundown of Corey Kluber in the bottom of the second:Ryan O’Hearn: walkBrian Dozier: singleLucas Duda: three-run home runCam Gallagher: fly-outChris Owings: single, thrown out attempting to stealWhit Merrifield: solo-home runAdalberto Mondesi: fly-out, inning over.We aren’t used to seeing a blow-up like that in an early inning from Corey Kluber. While he occasionally has a somewhat-rough inning in the early going, he often gets things back on track and ends up stretching it into a seven-inning quality start.Did he manage to do that today? Well, let’s just take a look at the rest of the batters he faced today, along with the results.Alex Gordon: infield singleJorge Soler: walkRyan O’Hearn: walkBrian Dozier: strikeoutLucas Duda: RBI walkCam Gallagher: fielder’s choice out at home plateChris Owings: RBI walk.When was the last time Kluber walked four hitters in a single inning? Never.When was the last time Kluber walked five hitters in a game? Never.How many times has Kluber walked in a run. Four. Two of those were today. One was on opening day. He’d only done it once in his entire career before this season. He left the game after the second RBI walk Corey Dickerson Jersey , with Francona handing the ball to Nick Wittgren.Great pitchers have awful games. We know this. Kluber’s even had a rough April in the past and bounced back to have a fine season the rest of the way. Take a look at his pitches this afternoon, though:This is not the picture of a pitcher on top of his game who is just struggling with results. Considering the recent struggles of Carlos Carrasco and the injury to Mike Clevinger, Tribe fans better hope that this is just a blip and not a harbinger of accelerated decline.I’m going to cross my fingers until they break that he is able to return to form because what else are you supposed to do when you watch your favorite player burst into flames?The Senseless Execution of a RallyIn the top of the fourth, Jake Bauers singled. A Roberto Perez double followed, and runners stood at second and third with no outs. Brad Miller singled to add another run and put runners at the corners. Eric Stamets then grounded into a double play. He did not earn an RBI for this. He did not earn anything. He deserves nothing for stabbing another rally in the face until the last gurgles of its breath escape as bubbles through blood. Not including today, Stamets owns a -32 wRC+. It is possible, if he remains on the roster, that we may see the first real attempt to drive offensive production by a single player to absolute zero. Also:The inning ended when Martin grounded out to the shortstop.More Royals RunsA walk, a single, and a bunt single: this is how the Royals put another run on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Francona allowed Tyler Olson to pitch to another batter, whom he walked. Neil Ramirez entered the game with the bases loaded and one out Austin Meadows Jersey , and for my money it looked like the game would completely blow open at this point. Instead, Ramirez put the threat to rest and preserved the 5-7 via strikeout and lineout. His fire-fighting heroics didn’t last long, as he coughed up a solo shot to Jorge Soler in the sixth. The Indians fell behind by three as they entered the seventh. Another RallyResilience isn’t really something we’ve seen out of the Indians this season, though they showed it today in the seventh inning. Leonys Martin reached base for the third and final time on the day with a single. Jose Ramirez—remember Jose Ramirez? He singled on a chopper. Oscar Gonzalez grounded out but advanced the runners, so the Royals then decided to intentionally walk Carlos Santana to load the bases for Tyler Naquin. Francona elected to send Hanley Ramirez up to pinch-hit instead, and he drew a walk to bring the score to within two. Greg Allen came in to run for Hanley and play Naquin’s spot. Jake Bauers stepped up and knocked a base hit that scored both Ramirez and Santana, but the rally died when Greg Allen was thrown out at third. Despite this setback the Indians left the inning with the score tied at eight and a chance to win the game.The NinthThe Indians went 1-2-3 in their half of the inning.Brad Hand entered in the bottom of the ninth for the Tribe in an attempt to prolong the game. He’d pitched to two hitters in the eighth but threw only ten pitches. He started off O’Hearn with two strikes, but O’Hearn battled for seven more pitches to earn a walk. The Royals then put pinch-running extraordinaire Terrance Gore on base. He stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Roberto Perez.The extra base didn’t really matter; Gore can probably score on a bunt from second base. How did he manage to come home and win the game for the Royals? A Brian Dozier single. A Truly Buried LedeThe Kansas City Royals walked off against the Cleveland Indians on a single off of Brad Hand by Brian Dozier. The Tribe fall to 8-7 on the season after the series sweep. There are some signs of encouragement in the loss; those things are very much not the key takeaways from the game. What Does It MeanNothing. There isn’t really anything funny I can even come up with about the game today. This isn’t like Rajai Davis losing a ball in the sun before expectations settled their weight on the shoulders of the franchise. It’s also hard to joke when the Tribe decided to DFA Brad Miller immediately after the game, and Miller responded by saying, “Obviously, they don’t want the best guys up here.”I’m not even sure what the front office wants to on-field product to look like anymore Colin Moran Jersey , because this can’t possibly be it.Tribeable Tids for the Purpose of Bitting2018 MVP Finalist Jose Ramirez is hitting .140/.180/.193 so far this season. As a team, the Indians are hitting .185/.276/.306 and are second-to-last in position player fWAR. Francisco Lindor will meet the Columbus Clippers in Louisville to begin his rehab assignment.The Indians twitter account is really trying, you guys. I understand that the record in early April doesn’t matter because of how much things can change over the season, but there’s a significantly different feel to this 8-7 versus previous 8-7 starts. I’m going to get ice cream and try to not think about how I have to recap tomorrow’s very late game against the inexplicable Seattle Mariners. Elsa/Getty ImagesUtility manMarwin Gonzalezis reportedly generating widespread interest on theMLBfree-agent market after seven years with the Houston Astros.On Thursday,Jon Heymanof Fancred reported "everyone but one team" has checked on the versatile veteran.Gonzalez posted a .247/.324/.409 triple-slash line with 16 home runs across 145 appearances for the 'Stros during the 2018 season. His .733 OPS was right in line with his career average (.737), but it marked a 174-point drop from the .907 in his breakout 2017 campaign.The 29-year-old Venezuela native's value goes beyond his typically solid numbers at the plate, though.Gonzalez played every position on the diamond besides catcher and pitcher this past season. His most common spot was left field with 73 games played, but he also made at least 20 appearances apiece at first base (24), second base (32) and shortstop (39).His ability to make an impact while hitting lower in the order, combined with his unique fielding prowess (nine errors in 2018), has apparently led to quite the free-agent sweepstakes.In June 2017 David Freese Jersey , Astros manager AJ Hinch praised Gonzalez for his all-around contributions and explained how that helped with his lineup decisions, perJorge L. OrtizofUSA Today."He's an absolute dream for a manager," Hinch said. "As far as the versatile, all-everything, Swiss army knife, whenever I have a question on what I should do, the answer is usually, 'Marwin can do it.' And I've used him accordingly."The Astros now face an uphill battle if they want to keep him on their star-studded roster, though.



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