Here are 12 Walk-Off Thoughts on the Indiansí 7-3 loss to the Rangers Tuesday night,.
1. After momentarily grabbing the lead in the American League Central on Saturday, the Indians have now dropped three games. Tuesday night was a story of the Indians continuing the trend of not scoring runs when Corey Kluber is on the mound and Kluber not helping his cause.
2. Kluber was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits to go with six strikeouts in his seven innings pitched. The Indians have now scored more than four runs only once in Kluberís 11 starts. Two negatives donít equal a positive here.
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3. Through the first seven innings, Kluber was pretty solid with the exception of two home runs allowed. One was to Bryan Holaday, hitting ninth. The other was to Jurickson Profar for his first home run of the season. Both of those home runs came on the first pitch.
4. Kluber said after the game he didnít feel like the Rangers were being more aggressive than other teams. But Indians manager Terry Francona has noted that opposing hitters, if they see a pitch they like, wonít wait for Kluber to get ahead in the count and throw his breaking stuff.
5. Said Francona, ď I think a lot of hitters want to hit off Klubes the first straight one they see because his off-speed is so good. I donít think you can go out and throw all off-speed.Ē
6. The eighth inning is where a couple of bloops and a line drive got him into additional trouble. Things can snowball quickly, even for Kluber.
7. ďBroken bat for the first hit, bloop for the second hit, and then I didnít make a good pitch to [Ian] Desmond. He did what heís supposed to do with it. But I mean, regardless of whether they barrel it up or it breaks their bat, I mean, a hitís a hit.Ē
8. Kluber is now 4-6 this season with a 4.15 ERA. Heís had stretches where heís been the Cy Young winning ace the Indians need him to be. And heís had stretches where heís fallen short of that. The Indians are getting Carlos Carrasco back on Thursday. Their standing in the AL Central is still pretty strong, but itís if Kluber can find his level, as Francona likes to say, and Carrasco returns completely healthy.
9. Lonnie Chisenhall provided all of the Indiansí offense, hitting his first home run of the season in the seventh, a two-run shot, and then adding an RBI-single in the ninth. Chisenhall had a slow April but hit .313 in the month of May.
10. Said Francona, ďI think he swung the bat very well tonight. And heís been starting to get his hits but tonight he got his legs under him and drove the ball which is really good to see. Thatíll help us a ton.Ē
11. The Indians have had a lot going for them recently but have now dropped three in a row and four of their last five, all at home. One of the keys to a long season is trying to limit those stretches.
12. Said Kluber, ďI think throughout the course of a 162-game season, youíre going to go through stretches where, you know, you maybe have a bad five-game stretch and you lose four of them. I donít think thereís anything glaring that stands out. Itís just for whatever reason we havenít won those four games and weíll just look to turn it around tomorrow.Ē