Thursday night seemed like a breakthrough for the Cleveland Indians’ frostbitten offense.
After hanging 13 runs on the Cincinnati Reds, the Tribe created a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, the days of clunky at-bats would soon become a thing of the past.
Unfortunately, there’s still some work to do on that front.
The Indians were unable to build any momentum from Thursday’s thumping of Cincinnati, reverting back to their run-scoring woes in a 2-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Essentially, Friday’s defeat followed the same step-by-step process many Cleveland games have taken this season.
Step one — receive a gem of a performance from your starting pitcher, which the Indians got from Aaron Civale.
Step two — reward said performance with minimal run support.
Step three — head into the clubhouse wondering when this offense is finally going to kick into high gear.
Cleveland spent most of the night stranding numerous runners and spoiling several opportunities to break the game open. It was an all too familiar sight, one fans surely hoped wouldn’t return this quickly.
Here are a few observations from the loss.