Covering the Bases: Game 64

Major League Bastian


Pirates 9, Indians 2

FIRST: The Indians are currently mired in one of those runners-in-scoring-position funks that every team experiences at various points throughout baseball’s 162-game marathon. Asked about the unfortunate trend, manager Manny Acta pointed to a specific section of his lineup.

“The issue has been the bottom of the lineup is scuffling,” Acta said. “The top of our lineup and the middle of our lineup are hanging in there. They’re the ones getting on base. Unfortunately, the majority of the time, when [the bottom of the lineup comes] up to the plate, they’ve been scuffling.

“That’s what it is. Our lineup right now, we’re battling. That’s all we can do. Half of them are doing a good job and the other half is just trying to find a way. It seems like every time we’ve got guys on base those guys come up to the plate.”

In Saturday’s loss…

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