CLEVELAND: After Thursday night’s loss to the Tigers, who swept the four-game series at Progressive Field, the Indians held a players-only meeting.
Afterward, an anonymous player tweeted, “We’re fine. Things are not as bad as they seem.”
Indians manager Terry Francona was pleased that Jason Giambi played a prominent role in the get-together.
“I like it when Giambi runs a meeting,” Francona said. “The more he talks to our players or to me, the better off everybody is. When you have a guy who is that special, it would be a shame not to use him.”
THE BRIGHT SPOT — You know things aren’t going your way when the best thing that happens in a game is a backup outfielder pitching one inning and retiring the side in order.
That’s what Ryan Raburn did in the ninth inning Thursday night — he even struck out a batter — when Francona decided that using anymore of his relief corps would be counterproductive.
“There was no getting around this,” he said. “Last night was miserable. We waited all day for 7 o’clock, and when we got there, we were swimming upstream.”
TRIVIA PURSUIT — Tribe pitchers have been ultra effective against hitters in the middle of the order.
Indians pitchers are holding the third, fourth and fifth batters in the lineup to a major-league low .235 average, according to Stats LLC.
FARM FACTS — Daisuke Matsuzaka (5-6, 3.61 ERA) gave up one run, two hits and two walks in seven innings, as Columbus defeated Louisville 9-3. Jeremy Hermida hit his 16th home run of the season, driving in two runs. ... Bryson Myles and Jordan Smith each had three hits and Tyler Naquin had two in Carolina’s 6-5 win over Frederick. ... Juan Santana (3-2, 5.45 ERA) gave up one unearned run and three hits in five innings, as the Arizona League Indians beat the Royals 5-3.
— Sheldon Ocker