The Monday Takeaway
The Indians must have been relieved when they sent the Twins down in order, then loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first inning, after returning home from a brutal, 0-9 road trip. Cleveland had fallen to 50-58 on the season, a likely insurmountable 9 ½ games behind the first-place White Sox, but at least the pain of Sunday afternoon’s gut punch was beginning to subside.
Then, Carlos Santana grounded into a double play, and the Tribe squandered a golden opportunity by pushing across only one first-inning run. And then, this happened. And then, this happened. And then—nine batters later, still in the top of the second—this happened. And, all of a sudden, the Progressive Field scoreboard read 10-1 Twins.
Teams have lost 10 straight games many times before. They have endured meltdowns far worse than Chris Perez’s 10th-inning disaster on Sunday. They have failed to take advantage of bases-loaded situations like Santana and Michael Brantley did...