CLEVELAND, Ohio – Brad Hand wanted to put a zero on the progressive field scoreboard. Instead, he put four seats.
After eight innings of perfection by Zach Plesak, this is not what the Indians were looking for in their loved ones.
Sometimes closers can lose games dripping. This is how they are paid per hour. It’s not like Hand in the program 4-0 0th loss White Sox 4: 0. He started the ninth inning without a score and hastily changed.
Tim Anderson hit the lead double. Joan Moncado̵7;s hand passed and slid Jose Abreu in the leg to load the base. Next was Jasmani Grandal, and Ruka needed to be crossed out. Instead of Grandal hitting the sacrifice to the right into the field for a single run, the White Sox would have to save himself from a triangular sweep of the Indians.
It was Hand’s third appearance since the season opened on Friday and his second in so many days. He recorded a save in his first two games, but questions remain.
He did not have an easy, no doubt, inning – a type of inning that builds confidence not only in the Hand, but also in his manager after he was disconnected in September through a tired left hand.
In Friday’s season opening, Hand finished ninth with Alex Gordon in Kansas City with the Indians leading 2-0. The next three cans he retired to save.
On Tuesday, Hand entered the first game of the duel against the White Sox with a 4-2 advantage in the ninth. Anderson greeted him again with a double. He retired with Moncada and Abreu, but Grandal scored 4-3. He finished the game by hitting Edwin Encarnacion to save.
Then came the mess on Wednesday night. After that, Plesak made eight unsuccessful innings, in which he found 11 career positions.
As Hand said of Plesak, “Zack made eight innings on his first trip of the year. This is unheard of. Even if we started in April, you wouldn’t see many beginners who passed eight innings. It just shows the work he put into the dismissal to prepare. “
What happened on Wednesday night in the ninth inning is part of the job that all closers live with. When they get sick, they not only do their night, but also at night, all those teammates who put him in the opportunity to get three outs in the ninth inning to keep the win or continue the game.
“I was ready to go to Summer Camp and start the season,” said Hand. “My things are ready. Tonight I refused only one blow. I put myself in this jam. That’s not how I got there. Some things happened. I put myself in jam.
After Grandal’s donation, Encarnacion received a call from the catcher against Bu Taylor to reload the base. Adam Zimber was relieved, Eloy Jimenez was killed by a fly, and Luis Robert hit a single with two moves.
“He comes, in game-time, and everything increases,” said Indian manager Terry Francona. “Then he takes a double of the first step. Then he hits Abreu on the leg, and the catcher intervenes. It’s just an escalation from there. We could not repay it. “
Hand has saved 44 games for Indians since purchasing in San Diego on July 19, 2018. Last year, he set a club record in saving the left from 34 to 39. chances. Although his speed may decline, he has earned Francon’s trust.
“On Tuesday, it accelerated to 92 mph to 93 mph,” Francona said. “A radar pistol in the Progressive Field is a tick or two slow. This part goes.
“This (speed) is not everything, and to be everything. You are looking for life to get some differences. He has as much trust as a competitor. Sometimes you have to be patient, even when it’s not easy. “
Hand said it didn’t matter that he started ninth after eight unsuccessful innings from both pitches. Not for the purpose of protection, he said that his job description does not change.
“It’s no different. Every time you go out there, you try to put a zero, “said Ruka.” No matter what score in the ball game you score, you still try to put a zero. I just tried to keep the score 0-0 and gave us a chance to win at the bottom of the ninth. “
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