Second Thoughts: Game #4:Rays 4, Indians 0
Michael Bourn collects two hits as Tribe endures shutout
Everybody Makes Mistakes
Young right-hander Zach McAllister went out and made some mistakes, but overall had a quality start stats-wise as he was only charged with two runs in six innings of work despite giving up four. However, the two unearned runs he gave up due to a fielding error at third base by Mike Aviles is not a new problem for McAllister as he struggled with pitching around errors last season as well. In 2012, McAllister gave up a league-leading 19 unearned runs in 22 starts. Whether it’s mental or just bad luck, McAllister needs to find a way to relax and keep his focus when his defense lets him down.
Late Night Travel + Dominant Rays Pitching = Bad News For Hitters
In no way am I making excuses for the Tribe tonight, but playing a late-night slugfest in Toronto on Wednesday night and immediately getting on a plane to Tampa Bay not to arrive until 4:00 in the morning isn’t exactly the best way to recuperate between games. It doesn’t help that your opponent is a dominant Rays pitching staff. Nevertheless, Indians hitters did have a poor showing tonight and did once again squander scoring opportunities early in the game.
Bourn To Run
The only offense the Tribe could muster came courtesy of center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn, who went 2-for-4 with an infield single and a double. Bourn is hitting .389 in the young 2013 season with seven hits in 20 at-bats. Bourn has also shown off his speed on the base-paths as he beat out a throw to first base in the first inning and nearly tried to score from second on a fly out by Jason Kipnis. Although Bourn has yet to steal a base this season, he’s finished among the top five in steals in the last five years.
Is Bryan Shaw For Real?
Watching Bryan Shaw pitch, it’s hard not to wonder why Arizona could possibly let him go along with Trevor Bauer and Matt Albers for the likes of Didi Gregorious, Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson. Since coming to the Indians, the crafty young right-hander has only allowed one run between spring training and the regular season. Shaw has also struck out 18 and only walked one in that time. On Friday, Shaw pitched two innings in relief of McAllister and flat out dominated Rays hitters only allowing one hit and struck out three. It may be only game four of the season, but it already looks like the Indians are winners of that trade.
Quick Game Facts:
- Michael Bourn has recorded a hit in each of his first four regular season games as an Indian.
- Zach McAllister went all of 2012 without throwing a wild pitch. He threw two in one game on Friday.
- Following Friday’s games, every American League Central division team is deadlocked at 2-2 following wins by Detroit and Kansas City and losses by Cleveland, Chicago and Minnesota.
Up Next: Indians vs. Rays Game #2 @ Tropicana Field. First pitch at 7:10 ET.
After left-hander Scott Kazmir went down with a rib cage injury this week, rookie sensation Trevor Bauer was summoned from AAA to make a spot start in his stead Saturday night against Tampa Bay as the Indians hope to even the series at 1-1. Bauer will be facing right-hander Alex Cobb, who is coming off a strong 2012 campaign where he went 11-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 23 starts. Cobb is 1-1 with a 4.99 ERA in two career starts against the Tribe.
Jake Dungan is a communications student at Stark State College and an intern with the Akron RubberDucks. Follow him on Twitter @MajorLeagueJake.
But let's not get to far ahead of ourselves after only 2 regular season outings. However, I too have been excited about Shaw from the moment we acquired him.