The Cleveland Baseball Club lost in the most ridiculous way Tuesday night with two consecutive HBP’s including one with the bsaes loaded.
Nick Wittgren did not have a good outing for the Cleveland Baseball Club Tuesday night. After hitting Willson Contreras to load the bases with one out, Wittgren hit Cameron Maybin on the first pitch of his at-bat which allowed the Cubs to win 6-5.
While the focus of the game is on the outcome (another loss), there other things to look at for Cleveland. Carlos Carrasco started the game and lasted 6 innings, his fourth straight outing which lasted 6 or more after failing to pitch more than 4.1 in the previous three outings. Carrasco allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5.
James Karinchak came into the game with the score tied at 3 and gave up 1 run, temporarily giving the Cubs the lead. That lead would be extended to 2 after Chicago added another in the 8th.
Offensively Cleveland saw some signs of life which are encouraging. The team totaled 11 hits and scored 5 runs. This is a step in the right direction after the team has struggled at the plate all season long.
Francisco Lindor headlined all Cleveland batters as he went 3-4 including a two-run game-tying home run in the 9th. Lindor also drove in runs during the 3rd and 5th innings.
Cleveland got some unexpected production from two of their outfielders, Tyler Naquin and Delino DeShields. Naquin went 4-4 with a double and DeShields was 3-4 with 2 doubles.