Cleveland, Ohio – Brad Hand wanted to put a void on the progressive field scoreboard. He scored four spots instead.
After eight innings of excellence by Zach Plesac, this was not what the Indians were looking for in their close.
Game drops can sometimes be lost by closure drips. It is as if they are paying by the hour. Not so for Wednesday night’s 4–0 loss to the White Sox. He started the ninth inning with no score and replaced him in a hurry.
Tim Anderson hit a leadoff double. The arm climbed Jonah Moncada and loaded the bases to load Jose Abreu in the leg with a slider. Yasmine Grandal and Hand then needed strikes. Grandal instead hit a Yagna fly to right field for a run, which the White Sox would need to defend themselves from a three-game sweep by the Indians.
It was Hand’s third appearance since the season opened on Friday and its second in several days. He recorded his first two matches, but the questions remain.
He has an easy, no doubt. The kind of innings that boosts the confidence not only of the hand but also of his manager, as he was shut down in September due to left arm fatigue.
On Friday’s season, the opener opened the ninth spot by defeating Alex Gordon of Kansas City 2–0. He saved the next three batsmen.
On Tuesday, Hand entered the first game of the doubleheader against the White Sox with a 4–2 lead in the ninth. Anderson once again congratulated him in a double manner. He retired Moncada and Abreu, but Grandal made it 4-3. He finished the game by defeating Edwin Encarnacion for the save.
Then there was a mess on Wednesday night. After this, Plesake had eight scoreless innings in which he dismissed 11 career batsmen.
As Hand said of Plessake, “Zach’s first outing of the year went eight innings. It is unheard of. Even if we started in April, you wouldn’t see many starts in eight innings. It just goes to show the work he does layoffs to prepare. “
What happened on Wednesday night in the ninth inning is part of the job in which all close people live. When they are poor, they ruin not only their night, but the night of all the teammates who bring them to a position with three outs in the ninth inning to maintain a win or sustain the game.
“I was ready to come to Summer Camp and start the season,” Hand said. “My luggage is ready.” Tonight I gave only one hit. I put myself in that jam. It is not that I was surrounded. Some things happened. I put myself in my jam. “
After Grand’s sacrifice flight, Encarnacion reached to reload against Beso Taylor on the basis of a catcher’s interference. Adam Simber relieved and Eloy Jimenez hit a sacrifice fly and Luis Robert hit a two-run single.
“He gets into a tie game and things get stretched,” manager Terry Francona said. He said, “Then he doubled the first pitch. Then he hits Abreu with a leg and a catcher intervenes. It just moved on from there. We can’t put it out.
Hand has saved 44 games for the Indians since being acquired from San Diego on July 19, 2018. Last year he set a club record for saves by a leftie with 34 of 39. While his velocity may be low, he has gained the trust of Francona.
“On Tuesday, he pitched and was 92 mph to 93 mph,” Francona said. “In the progressive area (radar guns) a tick or two is slow. That part is coming.
“He (Velocity) is not the end all and be all. You’re looking for life, to get some swings and misses. There’s so much trust in him as a contestant. Sometimes you have to be patient even when it’s easy. is. “
Hand said it did not matter that he made his ninth start after the staff of both pitches scored eight runs. Without leadership for the defense, he said his job description did not change.
“It is no different. Every time you go there, you are trying to put a zero. “Regardless of the score of all the pitches in which you are bowling, you are still trying to hit a zero. I was just trying to keep the score at 0-0 and giving us a chance to finish ninth. ‘
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