A couple of nuggets from tonight’s game:
ODORIZZI STRUGGLES: Jake Odorizzi gave up three runs in the first inning, including a few hits off his fastball. He tried to mix in sliders and that funky split-fingered change up he throws. He had success for a couple innings but was rocked for four runs in the fourth inning, ending his night.
The 3.2 inning outing was his shortest of the season.
Odorizzi spent the day trying to get Fernando Romero to look at the bright side after the Royals jumped out to a 9-0 lead on his watch. The next game, he’s living the same nightmare.
“It’s funny,” he said. “I was talking to Romero this morning about last night and said, ‘Hey, it’s going to happen from time to time in your career. Just move on from it. Remember it.’ It’s funny to pass that knowledge along to him and no I have to look myself in the mirror. I’ve been through it before. We all have as pitchers. Take it, get over it, flush it and move on from it. I’m not too deterred from what I’ve been able to do this last month, taking a lot of steps in the right direction. It just sucks to be on the losing end of it as a team.”
DOUBLE REPLAY: The Indians challenged two different outcomes during one play in the eighth inning on Thursday – and lost both of them.
With runners on first and third with one out, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder to first baseman Logan Morrison. Morrison stepped on first base – OK, he nudged the edge of the bag with his toe – then fired home to Mitch Garver, who tagged Michael Brantley for the out. End of inning, right?
Nope, Cleveland wanted the play at home plate checked. And they wanted to check if Garver illegally blocked the plate. And, after looking at a couple replays, it looked like they might have been right to do so. But, after 3 minutes, 24 seconds, the calls were upheld. Now, how Cleveland was able to challenge two things at once remains a mystery. Maybe you can borrow a challenge from a future game. Maybe they had a leftover challenge from Wednesday.
But I do remember a game in Seattle a couple years ago in which outs at two bases were confirmed.
WITH THIS LOSS: The Twins are 3-12 in one run games. That is a damning statistic for a team that expects to compete this year. I’ve often used the swing game approach to the schedule. There are 54 games in which it’s going to be your day. There are 54 games in which you stink. Your season is determined on the middle 54 games – the swing games. Right now, the Twins are terrible in them. There’s time to turn it around, but they are really going to have to get hot.