Indians Win Streak Snapped at Six Following 6-5 Loss to Orioles; Three Takeaways from the Loss
A night after they put up huge numbers against the Orioles for their 6th straight win, the first-place Indians were back at it for game two on Tuesday night in Baltimore.
In a game defined by missed chances, the win streak for the Indians was broken with a tough 6-5 setback to the Orioles, a loss that is frustrating in that the team left 11 men on base.
Another frustrating factor is the team was up 5-2 until pitcher Josh Tomlin gave up a back breaking three-run shot to Manny Machado to tie the game up.
The two teams will be back at it tomorrow as the Tribe looks to get back on track. For now, here's three takeaways from the loss as the team falls for the first time in almost a week.
1. No Answer for Manny
Orioles slugger Manny Machado had a huge night and was the deciding factor in the one-run win for the birds.
He went 4-for-4, homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the O's to the win.
Machado got the O's winning rally going in the 7th when he doubled off Bryan Shaw (1-2) and scored on a double by Adam Jones.
He hit a solo homer in the first and tied it with a three-run blast in the 5th off Josh Tomlin that changed the momentum of the game.
2. Tomlin's Issues Resurface
Josh Tomlin was back to being the Tomlin that has had his issues this season, giving up the two homers to Machado, the biggest of which was the three-run bomb that tied the game up at five.
Tomlin on the night lasted 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. He threw 85 pitches, 60 strikes, but overall if he could have kept the ball in the ballpark the team likely would have walked away with their 7th straight win.
The Tribe starter stays at 4-8 on the season with an ERA of 6.07. He is set to be back on the mound for the Indians Sunday at home against the Twins.
1. RISP Problems
Monday night there wasn't much the Indians didn't do well at the plate, hitting the ball all over the park in the blowout win.
Tuesday night they did put up five runs, but it could have been a lot more, leaving 11 men on base including some when the team could have taken the lead late in the game.
Bradley Zimmer had a shot to break the tie in the 7th with the bases loaded and two outs but grounded out, and Jason Kipnis had a similar shot with Austin Jackson on second in the 6th.
Issues with runners in scoring position are going to rear their heads once in awhile, it's just a shame it had to happen on a night when the team could have used one big hit to either extended their lead early or take the lead later in the game.