You guys may not know me well enough to know that I am not an optimistic person by my very nature. So it was surprising that as Mike and I ate our Mother’s subs prior to our series I uttered something like “If I sweep you and Brian sweeps Steve I’ll be in a tie for the 5th spot.” Re-fucking-diculous. Here’s what actually happened:
Game 1: Wacha v Verlander. Herrera led off with a double and the Browns couldn’t do a damn thing to get him in… and that was the high point of the game. Verlander went all the way with only a 5th inning walk against him en route to a complete game 1 hit shit-out. The Wahoos got the only run that mattered when Wacha plunked Crawford leading off the 6th. Crawford swiped 2nd and was plated by an Eaton double. They’d add a 9th inning unearned run just to rub it in.
Game 2 Shields v Bauer. Bauer retired the first 8 he faced, meaning the Browns went 35 up 35 down with only a walk from Game 1 to Game 2 before former Wahoo Dexter Fowler picked up a 2-out single in the 3rd. Fowler also got things started for the Sharts in the 6th with a second column triple and hey.. even the Browns can’t screw up with a man on third and no one out… well, Herrera tried by flying out meekly to left. Iglesias picked him up with a single, which plated the game’s only run. Shields got the win and Tony Watson got the last 4 outs to earn the save.
Game 3 Cueto v Cole. The Tribe got a 2-run homer in the 1st from Encarnacion, which in this series seemed like more than enough. It only got more daunting for the Browns when Arenado hit a solo shot in the 4th to make it 3-0 and it looked all but over when Arenado doubled to lead off the 6th and was driven in by a Marte double. Making the Wahoo’s 4-0 lead seem even more insurmountable was the fact that Cole had a no-hitter through 7. Espinosa walked to lead off the 8th and then Duda struck out before Fowler broke up the no-no with a single. Herrera singled to load the bases to bring the Game 2 hero to the plate in Iglesias who got into the second column with an 11. A grand slam? A bases clearing double? Hell no! These are the Browns and they get a 2-run single and ate more shit when Hairpin bounced into a 1-4-3 double play against Miller to end the inning. Miller came back in to pitch the 9th and surrendered a leadoff double to Perez followed by a game tying homer by Kyle Seager. With no outs Morales walked, but Miller got the next three to end the inning. The Wahoos won the game and the series with a homer from former Brown Starling Marte (on a 66) off Tony Watson in the top of the 11th. Boxberger got the win while K-Rod got a 1-2-3 11th to earn the save.
The Sharts slashed .087/.143/.163 while falling to 24-27. They had 8 hits in the whole series, which seems like a bad omen as they get ready to take on The Plague Monday night.