Lake Erie’s minions were in full force last night, as they help the Indians hold on to a slim one run lead to claim a 6-5 victory over the Astros. It would seem the Houston Astros were unsure how to deal with the swarm of Midges that took over Progressive Field last night. Though a two run home run off an Andrew Miller fastball would give Houston hope, it was not enough to continue their dominance over the tribe.
Carlos Carrasco turned in a splendid performance, as he battled against the tiny bugs out on the mound. Cookie (Carrasco) lasted seven and a third innings, giving up four earned runs, with five strikeouts. Andrew Miller would take over in the eight, and gave up the two run HR to Yulieski Gurriel to bring the Astros within one. Cody Allen came in to close things out in the ninth, giving up a hit, and striking out three in a row, to secure the save. Along with a Detroit Tigers loss, this helped the Tribe to lengthen their lead over Detroit to 5.5 games in the Central Division.
Mike Napoli hit his 31st home run last night, on a line drive blast out to left, but it was Brandon Guyer who had all eyes on him during the game. Guyer came in to pinch hit for Tyler Naquin in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pinch hitting has not been the Indians’ forte this year, but Guyer came through with a double, scoring two runs. What really had fans on the edge of their seats was his leaping grab in left field to take away extra bases.
Guyer leaped up against the scoreboard in left to make a spectacular play, the scoreboard that many didn’t realize was turned off due to the amount of bugs attracted to the lights. “They were everywhere out there” said Indians manager Terry Francona about the midges. “In the dugout, it’s hard to sense it, but when you get out on the field, man, they’re everywhere. Other than that one that went in his (Carrasco’s) eye, it didn’t seem like it got in the way too much, but they were all over the place.”
Will the Tribe’s little helpers be in attendance today? Only time will tell, as first pitch is at 12:10pm against the Astros for the series finale. The Tribe has a chance to split the series as Trevor Bauer sets up versus David Paulino of the Astros. Once again, the Astros turn to a brand new pitcher in Paulino, who gets his Major League debut, and first start of the 2016 season.