If the season ended this instant, the Indians would be in the playoffs. The Cleveland Indians. Playoffs.
Well, they’d be in the one game Wild Card play-in game, but still 1 .
The Indians are really getting by on the skin of their teeth, aren’t they? A win is a win is a win and and a cheap, rain soaked win versus the worst team in baseball counts just as well in the standings. A day after needing an 11th inning a walk off from a career minor leaguer, the Indians (84-70) were gifted two unearned runs from Houston (51-103) and got a little help from Mother Nature to squeak by with their 2-1 victory. The Kansas City Royals also helped out the Wahoos by beating the Rangers (on a bases loaded walk!) to move Texas (83-70) a half game behind Cleveland.
Rain delay wins. Bases loaded walks. They all count.
Zach McAllister started for the Tribe and went five innings, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out three. Houston’s only run came on a solo shot from third baseman Brandon Laird in the second and the Tribe answered immediately in the bottom half of the inning. Carlos Santana led off with a single to right and moved to second when Asdrubal Cabrera’s shot to third was too hot for Laird (Laird’s glove actually fell of his hand when he went for the play). Michael Brantley followed with single to load the bases and Santana scored when Laird turned a potential double play ball from Mike Aviles into a fielder’s choice.
Houston’s defense had a hand in the Tribe’s second run as well. After Santana struck out to start the fourth, Ryan Rayburn singled and Cabrera followed with a walk. The Astro defense went to work. Astros first baseman Chris Carter threw Michael Brantley’s potential double play grounder into left field, allowing Rayburn to score fromsecond. Both Cabrera and Brantley took an extra base when the throw home got by Houston catcher Carlos Corporan. With men on second and third with only one out, it looked like the Indians were poised for a big inning. But rookie lefty Brett Oberholtzer shut the door, getting Aviles and Bourn to ground out to get out of the inning unscathed.
And that’s the game! Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw combined for two perfect shutout innings (Shaw had three Ks) and Oberholtzer never saw the seventh inning. Mother Nature did the rest.
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