Pirates sink Tribe, dash hopes of AL Central Crown

Image for post
Image for post
A pregame shot of Progressive Field before the Indians and Pirates played game 59 of the shortened season. Photo Credit: Sean Fitzgerald, September 26, 2020.

Following last night’s dramatic walk-off win, the third in four games and a six game winning streak, The Cleveland Indians remained alive to win the AL Central Crown.

Heading into game 59, the Tribe could at least clinch the number four seed and a home wild card series next week Tuesday if they won and the Chicago White Sox lost.

Standing in their way yet again was the Pittsburgh Pirates. But this time the Pirates sunk the Indians’ hopes of winning a division crown with an 8–0 thumping.

The Pirates got to Civale early. In the Following a one out double by Rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes in the first inning, Colin Moran knocked him in to draw first blood. With runners on first and second, he managed to get Gregory Polanco to fly out before Bryan Reynolds grounded out to first base to end the inning.

While Jose Ramirez responded with a ground rule double in the bottom half of the inning, the threat ended quietly with a Carlos Santana pop fly to left.

Pittsburg struck again in the second, with Jose Osuna hitting a solo shot to right field, hitting the lower row of seats. Josh Bell tacked on another run in the third.

Following that up was Bryan Reynolds with a two-run blast that made it 5–0 after three innings.

Moran truly broke the game open in the 4th with a three-run, 425 foot blast to right that made it an 8–0 Pirates advantage with no further scoring after that point.

Time and again, the Indians failed to deliver on offense with the bats losing their magic from previous nights.

Aaron Civale went four innings, surrendering 10 hits, and eight earned runs to go with four strikeouts on 82 pitches. He did not walk a batter.

Joe Musgrove ended with a line of seven innings, giving up three hits, one walk and not giving up a run while fanning 10 tribe batters on 108 pitches. It was Musgrove’s first and only win of the season.

The Indians will go with a bullpen game tomorrow. Cal Quantrill, acquired from the San Diego Padres where he was primarily a starter, could see significant action.

— — — Tidbits — — —

Huge Sunday for seeding

With the White Sox leading the Cubs and the Twins locking up the AL Central crown, the Indians would need to win tomorrow and the White Sox lose to the Chicago Cubs in order to host the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on Tuesday.

All MLB games tomorrow will start at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Hayes and Roberto Clemente

Ke’Bryan Hayes was one of the fastest Pirates rookies ever to go 5-for-5 in a game, getting to that point faster than the legendary Roberto Clemente.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store