The Cleveland Indians lost in 11 innings Friday night in a game that saw the offense go cold and Adam Cimber only last a single batter.
Carrasco finished with 14 strikeouts in eight innings but his offense only managed two runs of support. Luckily the same was true for the Blue Jays offense.
Allowing a home run to the first batter you face is not ideal. I just don’t see how the loss can be pinned solely on him after the offense couldn’t manage to push across more than two runs.
The sequence that doomed the Indians came in the top of the 11th. Runners on first and second with Rajai Davis at the plate. He proceeded to…lay down a bad bunt and get the runner thrown out at third.
The bases ended up being loaded with two outs for Jose Ramirez, but he couldn’t deliver either. That sent the game to the bottom of the 11th and it was only a matter of time before one of the pitchers in the game ended the scoreless innings.
Cimber has now appeared in 20 games for the Indians since coming over from San Diego. He has allowed seven earned runs and 18 hits in 12.1 innings of work, although most of his outings are quite short.
Friday night was the first time he allowed a run in September and only the fourth game of his 20 in which he has allowed a run. So even though every time a reliever allows a run it seems like the end of the world, it isn’t. It happens.
Cimber may not be able to crack the top of the bullpen order but he will still be seen in October given the Indians advance out of the ALDS. He remains a solid matchup pitcher and has been good more often than bad.
The good news is that the Indians are back in action today and can still clinch the division early next week. That’s some excitement that a meaningless loss in Toronto can’t spoil.