The Cleveland Indians lost to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night, 10-4. The White Sox are a team which will likely be attempting to clear 70 wins in 2017, an inauspicious starting homes stand for the Cleveland Professional Baseball Team. There are a collection of bright and spirited individuals who discuss the Cleveland Indians during game on Twitter. On the night of April 13, 2017 they helped to tell the story.
The game began poorly for the Tribe as Josh Tomlin allowed a leadoff home run to Tim Anderson.
First pitch of the game enters at 86.9 MPH, exits at 102.9 MPH.
— T.J. Zuppe (@TJZuppe) April 13, 2017
Unfortunately for the little cowboy it did not get much better.
Things aren't going ideally for Tomlin: homer, single, flyout, groundout, single, homer, double, mound visit… White Sox up 4-0 in 1st.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 13, 2017
Indians fans known for their patience responded accordingly.
— Chris Burnham (@CMB1979) April 13, 2017
August Tomlin is here tonight. Wonderful
— T.D. Dery (@TD1TribeKU) April 13, 2017
The need for run scoring was obvious from the start.
HOPE WE BROUGHT OUR HITTING PANTS!
— sportsyelling. (@sportsyelling) April 13, 2017
Thankfully, a walk by Francisco Lindor, a double by Michael Brantley and a hit by Edwin Encarnacion set the table in the bottom of the first for Jose “RBI PANTS” Ramirez who flew out to right field, scoring Lindor and making it a 5-1 game. However, Lonnie Chisenhall returned to produce soft contact to end the inning and a scoring opportunity.
Josh Tomlin, a pitcher whose lack of swing-and-miss stuff makes him exponentially worse each time through the lineup, was sent out again in the second inning, this time to surrender two more runs, and put the Indians down 7-1.
I think we should keep Tomlin in forever. This is great.
— Jim Pete (@JimPeteEHC) April 13, 2017
Tomlin’s collapse raised the interest in alternative starting options.
What's ole Mikey Clevinger up to these days?
— Shaq Diesel (@Shaqalier) April 13, 2017
The night did not get better and the obscenity on Twitter certainly increased. Time for a few takeaways from Thursday’s game.
- The Indians are using Shawn Armstrong as a pure long man, and do not appear to have any real interest in developing him further in the leverage index currently. Entering Thursday Armstrong had thrown the most pitches in the Indians bullpen over the past seven days at 64; on Thursday Armstrong was sent out for 49 pitches and likely places the impetus on the Indians to make a Columbus call-up. Armstrong acquitted himself well in the extended showing striking out five over two and one third innings.
- The Indians decision to retain Abraham Almonte and option Tyler Naquin provided early positive returns as Almonte posted a multi-hit game and another quality set of plate appearances.
- Michael Brantley looks a lot like Michael Brantley again with a double and a solo home run.
- Yandy Diaz flashed the offensive skills everyone dreamed of before his promotion, multiple hits, a walk and a key role in the bottom of the lineup. Hard hits everywhere.
- Yan Gomes is a bit lost at this point offensively and the body language looks worse than the plate appearances. It is time for the Indians to rely on Perez as the heavier side of the platoon and hope Gomes can run into a fastball or two to get his swagger back. In the eighth, Gomes looked more relaxed with the game out of reach, and lefty Dan Jennings fed him a 1-2 slider low in the zone that Gomes got around on. It’s just what the doc ordered for the Indians struggling catcher, but he’d better start doing it in higher leverage situations.
- Enter Michael Martinez. He pitched. It was fun. It was quirky. It saved the bullpen. If you could see my face right now. While these brief moments add levity to the game of baseball, I can’t help but ponder ways to get rid of Martinez, not utilize him in random idiocy.