As you’ll certainly note, this is neither a TD-recap nor a live-blog recap, which means we’re treading in dangerous, deep and foreign waters. In an attempt at brevity and concision, allow me the crude crutch of numerically ordering my thoughts on the Indians 7-1 victory over the intrastate Reds last night.
1. Of the game’s 17 half innings, only one deserves any specific mention: in the bottom of the fourth, the Indians did something pretty fascinating. Here’s the inning:
- Asdrubal Cabrera hit by pitch (0 outs)
- Nick Swisher strikes out looking (1 out)
- Carlos Santana singles; Cabrera to second (1 out)
- Mark Reynolds strikes out swinging (2 outs)
- Michael Brantley singles; Cabrera scores (2 outs)
- Yan Gomes singles; Santana scores (2 outs)
- Ryan Raburn doubles; Brantley scores (2 outs)
- Michael Bourn doubles; Gomes and Raburn score (2 outs)
- Jason Kipnis singles; Bourn scores (2 outs)
- Asdrubal Cabrera doubles; Kipnis scores (2 outs)
- Nick Swisher flies out (3 outs)
That’s six consecutive two-out, RBI hits, accounting for all seven Indian runs. I don’t feel like looking up the last time that happened, but it seems likely to me that this is somewhat rare (Editor’s note: It is rare. Very rare). Also notable that Nick Swisher made two of the innings three outs. That guy really sucks, huh?