Bryan Shaw mumbled to reporters when they approached him following Saturday night’s loss, saying he hadn’t been approached all season and now the media wanted to talk to him.
The statement wasn’t exactly true, although Shaw probably hasn’t had more than a handful of interviews all season. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of being a reliever. Few notice you until you don’t do your job.
Shaw was at the center of attention for the second consecutive game Sunday against the division-rival Tigers. Just like in Saturday’s loss, with the Tribe clinging to a one-run advantage, he gave up another two-run homer. This time it was to Ian Kinsler with no outs in the seventh inning to once again hand the Tigers a one-run lead late.
But Sunday’s 6-4 Indians loss that clinched the weekend series sweep by the host Tigers wasn’t solely on Shaw. He exited the game after allowing the two runs, but with the Indians still in striking distance, facing just a one-run deficit.To read more or comment...
Not long after the host Tigers rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday night for a come-from-behind 5-4 victory, some of the team’s fans took to social media to voice their frustrations.
Professional athletes are always best to ignore anything negative from fans. But when one tags them directly on Twitter with their negative comments, sometimes it’s just too tempting not to fire back in the heat of the moment.
That’s what happened to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis late Saturday evening when a disgruntled fan Tweeted at Kipnis and the Indians accounts: “And we wonder why only 9,000 people show up to Indians game in September. This team is pathetic.”
To which Kipnis soon responded:To read more or comment...
Here are today’s lineups for the Indians and Tigers series wrap up game at Comerica Park:
CF Michael Bourn
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If the Indians were into moral victories, Saturday might have felt a little like one.
But going from Friday’s five-run blowout at the hands of the host Detroit Tigers to taking a one-run lead into the bottom of the eighth inning still ended the in the same result – a Tigers victory that further pushed the Indians hopes of making a late run to get into the playoffs even less of a possibility.
With the feisty Tribe leading 4-3 and veteran eighth-inning set-up man Bryan Shaw on the hill to face the dreaded heart of the Detroit lineup, the Tigers rallied. Shaw issued a walk to leadoff man Miguel Cabrera but then quickly recorded the next two outs after Ezequiel Carrera came on to pinch run at first.
But just when it seemed Shaw was out of danger, .221-hitting Alex Avila worked a full-count before sending a ball to deep to right field and over the wall for the go-ahead and ultimate game winning two-run homer. The long ball was the 11th of the season for Avila, and handed the Tigers a 5-4 victory that kept Detriot in first place in the American League Central Division by a half game.To read more or comment...
It wasn’t for lack of production, but instead lack of sunshine that will cost pitcher T.J. House a start in the Indians rotation when the team’s current road trip continues early next week in Houston.
As much of a shame as that is given that House has matched ace Corey Kluber’s effectiveness over his last three starts with a stingy 0.86 ERA, the juggling of the rotation stems from Wednesday’s rainout and Thursday’s ensuing doubleheader.
“We wanted to stay right-handed against Houston,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Then in Minnesota, we’ll insert T.J. (back into the rotation). Rather than push guys back that don’t need to be pushed back, we’ll let (House) pitch against a team that maybe matches up better against him.”
Maybe? That’s an understatement. In three starts against the Twins, the rookie House is 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA. With that in mind, Francona said he doesn’t want to use the left-hander out of the bullpen in the meantime.To read more or comment...