HOUSTON, Texas — The Cleveland Indians couldn’t get it done in their weekend series opener against the Houston Astros as they fell to the reigning World Series champions on Friday night, 4-1.
The Tribe and ‘Stros were very much in a close contest for the majority of Friday night’s game as a George Springer home run in the bottom of the third and an Edwin Encarnacion solo slam had the game tied at one heading into the bottom of the seventh.
That’s when everything went wrong for Cleveland and everything went right for Houston as the Astros scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and another run in the bottom of the eighth to win the game, 4-1.
Tribe Offense Leaves Plenty Of Men Stranded
The Indians had a rough night on offense as they managed to record eight hits but only scored one run as Cleveland left seven men stranded on base in their 4-1 loss Friday night.
It was a rough night for star slugger Francisco Lindor as well as the shortstop, who was hitting .314 entering Friday’s contest, went 0-5 at the plate in the series-opening loss.
Play Of The Game
Indians right fielder Greg Allen had one of the top plays in all of sports Friday night as he made a leaping home run-robbing catch in the bottom of the first.
Just your average, ordinary, everyday superhero.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) May 19, 2018
Santa Fe Shooting Victims Remembered
The Houston Astros issued a statement Friday afternoon and held a moment of silence during pregame ceremonies in honor of the fallen victims of the Santa Fe shooting that left at least ten students and faculty members dead
We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those affected by the senseless tragedy at Santa Fe High School today. We will hold a moment of silence prior to tonight’s game and fly the Texas flags at MMP at half-staff in support and memory of the victims and their families
— Houston Astros (@astros) May 18, 2018
Santa Fe High School is only about 30 miles southeast of the Houston area and the impact was felt during the moment of silence of last night’s game.
Lindor Shows Off Lightsaber Skills At “Star Wars Night”
Indians shortstop and fan favorite Francisco Lindor gave fans a fun moment Friday night to cheer up the fans with Astros mascot, Orbit, as Houston was hosting a “Star Wars” themed night at Minute Maid Park as Lindor easily dispatched the goofy, green mascot in a lightsaber duel during pregame stretches.
Orbit-Wan Kenobi vs FranSITHco Lindor
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 19, 2018
The duel was a much-needed moment of joy for all fans in attendance in wake of the tragedy that occurred near Houston on Friday.
The Indians and Astros will be back at it on Saturday at 4:10pm ET as Cleveland ace Corey Kluber (6-2) will take the mound for the Tribe against Houston’s star pitcher Dallas Keuchel (3-5).