The no-hitter is easily one of the most exciting events to witness on a baseball field and for those who follow the Cleveland Indians, it has been some time now since fans were treated to such an elusive piece of history.
A certain amount of talent and a degree of luck is involved in being able to walk away as an elite member of the “No-Hit Club” and the Indians very nearly added to that group on Thursday afternoon in a 5-1 victory over the Astros in Houston.
The day’s starter, Trevor Bauer, has shown a flare of being unhittable in the past, but luck was not quite on his side as some effective wildness led to a higher-than-desired pitch count after six innings, courtesy in large part to his five walks and career-high eleven strikeouts. None of the first nine batters of the game saw less than four pitches in their first trip through and high pitch counts to many batters continued throughout the game. After manager Terry Francona handed the ball to the third reliever of the game, lefty Nick Hagadone, in the bottom of the ninth, a solo one-out blast off of the bat of Jed Lowrie left the Indians two outs short of their first no-hitter since 1981.
“Wait…I’m starting to suffocate…And soon I anticipate…I’m coming undone…What looks so strong’s so delicate.”
The 2014 Cleveland Indians are so incredibly frustrating. The second I think that they will turn things around (like when they sweep Detroit) they go and lose some more. I understand that baseball is a marathon and that every team is going to lose a lot of games, but it’s the way that they lose that is infuriating. They can’t catch, they can’t throw, they have no bullpen rotation and the rest of the team is wildly inconsistent. Thank God for Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley. I can’t devote this whole article to this team or I’m just going to get mad.