Historically, Indians haven’t fared well on Columbus Day. That trend continued today, though it wasn’t in the form of mass genocide and exile of a group of people. But much like they were in 1492, the Indians were handily defeated on their home turf.
For a while, things were looking good for Cleveland. They struck first in the 3rd inning with a sacrifice fly from left fielder Michael Brantley, and starter Mike Clevinger looked strong, striking out 9 batters in 5 innings. Ultimately, though, they wouldn’t be able to fend off the reigning World Series Champions, as the Houston Astros won the game 11-3 and completed the series sweep.
George Springer led the Astros with 3 hits, two of which were solo home runs. The leadoff hitter was the spark for the dangerous Houston offense, who also received multi-hit games from Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Marwin Gonzalez. Gonzalez had 3 RBIs, though he could have had more, as he came to the plate with the bases loaded on 3 separate occasions.
The Indians offense was quieted by a combination of Astros pitchers, with their lone true highlight being a solo shot from the most likable player in baseball, Francisco Lindor. He also has the most infectious smile in the bigs, by the way. But that’s neither here nor there.
The screws really started to come loose in the 6th inning, when Trevor Bauer took the mound to relieve Clevinger. The pride and joy of Driveline Baseball threw just 1.1 innings, giving up 2 earned on 4 hits and a walk. He also made 2 errors.
He then gave way to Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, Brad Hand and Adam Cimber, who all struggled equally. Things got uglier for the Indians in the top of the 8th, when Carlos Correa launched a 3-run home run to cap off a 6-run inning. It was the nail in the coffin for Cleveland.
The Houston Astros will have a few days off before they take on the winner of the Red Sox/Yankees series. Unfortunately for the Astros, they might not have history on their side in the ALCS, as there is no holiday which commemorates the utter destruction of indigenous “Red Sox” or “Yankee” people.
I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. History always repeats itself. Up next to try their luck are the Washington Redskins, who play the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Let’s hope they can buck the historical trend.