I am starting to write this in the fifth inning. Why? Because I already knew the outcome. The Indians were trailing 5-0 and facing a lefty. Need I say more?
Zach McAllister has been the Tribe’s best starter this season. A sad statement considering what was expected of this group in April. The A’s are known to drive up the pitch count of an opposing team’s starter. Last night was no different. While The Zach Attack struck out eight Athletics in the first four innings, he had thrown 96 pitches. He also had given up four runs on eight hits. That vaunted duo of Brandon Moss and Adam Rosales combined for four of those hits with Moss’s two-run homer in the third being the big blast.
His first pitch of the fifth inning was crushed over the right-center field wall by Chris Carter. McAllister’s night was over after four and a third, throwing 110 pitches.
Oh, but there was the Tribe’s offense, doing what they do best – leaving runners in scoring position. Take the fourth inning for example. Shelley Duncan led off with a single. Brent Lillibridge followed with a double, putting Indians on second and third with nobody out. With three chances to score, the Tribe had to get on the board, right?
You do realize who I am talking about, right? The post July 26th Indians.
Casey Kotchman struck out. Jason Donald struck out. Jason Kipnis grounded out weakly to second base. Through four innings, the Indians were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and had left seven on base.
I mean, what can you really say at this point that hasn’t been said already. The Tribe has lost 10 of 11, 21 of 26, and are now 11-33 since the All-Star break. Oh, and they haven’t scored a run in 22 innings.
Kipnis put it best: “We’re playing embarrassing baseball. It’s just bad. Offense, defense, pitching, everything.”
So lets move on to the next topic, attendance. Take a look at the photo above. That was taken right at first pitch when the Indians were taking the field at 7:05. As bad as the crowd was Monday night, Tuesday’s was even worse. The Dolan ownership needs to look at crowds like this and take it for what it is – a direct shot at them. The fans are speaking in droves. Other than the diehards, nobody is going to come out and watch this team the rest of the way. It is a sad state of affairs down at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario when its an absolutely beautfiul night, and there couldn’t have been more than 3,000 people in the stands. It is only going to get worse.
With no prospects to look forward to on the horizon at the top levels of the minor leagues, bad pitching, and a lack of faith in ownership and the front office, night’s like Tuesday are going to be regular occurrences. Progressive Field will regularly be a ghost town. How did it come to this?
I know that many of you think I am insane for continuing to watch this futility night in and night out. But the Indians are like that hot girl that treats you like garbage but you still come back for the action. Only the Tribe isn’t attractive and their is no real action. Maybe I am actually losing my mind?
The good news is that it is not just me. Judging by the tweets from other Tribe beat writers, everyone is getting a tad nutty.
Indians baseball: Replacing the practice of counting sheep since 1948.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) August 29, 2012
Luckily for me, I don’t have to go to every one of these games. Imagine being Paul Hoynes or Jordan Bastian or Sheldon Ocker and not being able to just turn the game off or not being able to skip a game or a series if they chose to. Talk about Yeoman’s work.
See, this is the kind of stuff you get from me when my beloved Indians become not just a losing team, but a boring one.