Posted by disappointmentzone on 22 July 2006
In a 14-6 loss there are usually a number of glaring problems distributed evenly across the losing team: bad pitching, bad defense, bad coaching. But as much as a 14-6 loss can turn on a single play, so it was last night when, with the bases loaded and no out, Jason Tyner hit a ground ball to Aaron Boone, who botched the play and was unable to get anyone out. Had he fielded the ball cleanly he would have at least prevented a run from scoring; more likely is that the Indians would have turned the double play. Which is important because the next batter flied out to right field. Had Boone not messed up Minnesota would have scored no runs even though they had the bases loaded with no outs, which would have propelled the Indians as much as it would have doused the Twins. Furthermore, CC Sabathia would have been able to go deeper into the game. As it was, Sabathia was unable to finish the fourth inning and the Twins, who entered the top of the fourth down 2-1, left up 8-2.
Of course, there were other problems. The Indians loaded the bases on four different occasions and failed to get a hit. Instead they had to settle for two sacrifice flies. The Indians had 19 at bats with runners in scoring position; Minnesota had 15. The Indians stranded 15 runners on base. After pulling within three in the bottom of the fifth, Mujica and Davis gave up two runs in the top of the sixth, and then Mujica gave up two more runs in the top of the seventh. The Indians remain poised to capture the sixth pick in the 2007 amateur draft.
An interesting tidbit: there were 34 base hits, 20 runs scored, but none by home run.
Max Ramirez went 1-2 with a homer and a walk in his debut with Lake County. So that’s good.