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Giants 4, Indians 1 - Stephanie Storm's final thoughts

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 28, 2014

Stephanie Storm’s 10 final thoughts about the Indians 4-1 loss to the Giants Sunday that led to a three-game Interleague Series sweep and marked the team’s seventh loss over the last 11 games.

1) Let’s start out with the one of the few positives of the day, because it’s the nice thing to do and quite honestly, the negatives are numerous. So, let’s start with Danny Salazar, who for the first time this year resembled the exciting pitcher he was last season as rookie.

2) Salazar limited the Giants to a run on five hits and a walk, striking out eight batters. The only trouble he ran into all day came with two outs in the fourth inning when Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford doubled back-to-back. After the game, Salazar said he looked at the video to double check because he felt he’d made good pitches to the pair.

3) “I looked at the video and I couldn't believe Sandoval hit that pitch,” Salazar said. “It was a great pitch way off the plate. The second double to right was a good two-seamer inside, but it came back to the middle.”

4) Now, if you’re the type who believes the media is always negative, you might as well stop reading now, because the Indians offense is a mess. The Tribe hit just .162 (17-for-105) with 21 strikeouts to nine walks. They hit a measly 2-for-20 with runners in scoring position.

5) This weekend, the top of the lineup can be excused, doing its part to set the table.  Michael Bourn has found his stroke since joining the club from the disabled list. Nick Swisher finally began to drive the ball. And Jason Kipnis was able to be patient enough to at least work a walk when he isn’t hitting, such as Sunday when he went 0-for-2 with two walks.

6) However, the heart of the order was non-existent all weekend. And by non-existent, we’re talking going 0-for-29. Yeah, let that sink in for a minute or two.

7) If it weren’t for Yan Gomes’ lead off home run in the eighth against reliever Santiago Casilla, the Indians would have been shut out completely Sunday. And during the first seven of innings of the game, they were facing right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who didn’t even make it past the second inning in his previous start and entered the game with a 7.71 ERA.  

8) Need more proof the Tribe’s offense is struggling? Gomes’ homer snapped a 52-inning homerless streak for the club.

9) After the game, manager Terry Francona came as close as he’ll get to calling out his club by saying: “We have good hitters, we just have to start making better adjustments during the game and make it harder for (opposing pitchers) to get us out. For whatever reason, whether it’s pressing or probably (something) different for each hitter, we have to make it a little harder…I thought we had some pitches to hit (against Vogelsong) that we didn’t and then when we didn’t hit ‘em, he made some good pitches.”

10) For as easy it would be to pin the loss on Cody Allen, who gave up Brandon Hicks’ three-run walk off home run with two outs in the ninth inning, that would be wrong. Sure, Allen (2-1, 2.53 ERA) took the loss statistically, but he’s been gold so far this season. The homer marked the first earned runs he’d given up this year and his first road home run allowed in nearly a year (July 4, 2013 at Kansas City). Put simply, the guy was due for a clunker.          

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