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Cleveland Indians: 3 takeaways from an ugly 6-0 loss to the A’s

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The Cleveland Indians finished the series against the Oakland A’s on a sour note with a 6-0 defeat on an otherwise beautiful day in downtown Cleveland.

At least the weather was nice. The Cleveland Indians game? Not so much.

The Indians bullpen blew Saturday’s game only for the offense to follow-up with a dud of their own this afternoon. The group managed to leave nine runners on base and go 0-9 with RISP.

Shane Bieber didn’t have a great start but his four earned runs were nothing that couldn’t be overcome on a normal day. But this lineup has shown to be inconsistent throughout the year and that fact was as clear as the sky this afternoon.

This one was a stinker, but let’s take a look at some things that stood out from loss No. 39 on the year.

Bieber’s first loss

We all know how important pitcher records are, (just kidding), and today marked Shane Bieber’s first career loss. The end of an era. Kidding once again.

This was the third time Bieber has allowed four runs in a start, although the offense was able to bail him out the first two times. One positive note from the start was that he only allowed one walk. He has six career walks now, one in each of his six starts.

Games like this are going to happen, unfortunately, but Bieber stayed composed during his six innings of work and was ultimately let down by the offense.

A painful few at-bats

The Indians had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the second inning. Erik Gonzalez came to the plate with runners on second and third and proceeded to draw a 3-0 count. Gonzalez then decided to swing on the 3-0 pitched and popped out.

This was not ideal.

But Gonzalez had a chance to redeem himself in the fourth. He came up with the bases loaded and…grounded out.

It was one of those days for the entire offense, but these two at-bats still stand out as perhaps the most frustrating two of the day.

Thankful for the Central

The Indians have dropped two straight but enter Monday with a 9.5-game lead over the Twins in the AL Central. The Tigers are 11 games back.

It seems that no matter how much the Indians struggle, the rest of the division is always there to keep things optimistic and grounded. There is no legitimate threat in the division for the 49-39 Indians. And that isn’t going to change.

Next: The odd situation surrounding Francisco Mejia

Next up is a battle with the Cincinnati Reds, who remain in last place in the NL Central. However, they have been playing well this past month and Indians fans are too wise to assume an easy series lies ahead.