Pictured: Houston Astros Tony Kemp. Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
- First 5 innings lines: Indians +100 and under 4.
- Cleveland led 2-0 in the top of the fifth with two outs and nobody on base.
- Mike Clevinger then got ahead of Tony Kemp, but hit him on a 1-2 pitch. That’s when everything started to fall apart for Tribe and under first 5 bettors.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead into the top half of the fifth inning, with Clevinger just needing to get through the bottom of the Astros lineup to get Indians first 5 bettors to the window.
Brian McCann grounded out harmlessly to start the inning. The nerves crept up for some bettors after Jake Marisnick singled, but Clevinger picked him off at first. Two outs with nobody on and a 2-0 lead. Cleveland first 5 bettors now felt like they had this in the bag. Under 4 backers also had to feel pretty confident.
But hold your horses. On a 1-2 pitch, Clevinger hit Tony Kemp — a career .233 hitter — to put him on first. George Springer followed the Kemp HBP (and subsequent stolen base) with a four-pitch walk. First and second now, but still two outs in the inning.
Alex Bregman then stepped up to the plate. Once again, Clevinger was one strike away, but then on a 2-2 count …
He really hung the slider and Bregman didn’t miss. ‘Stros lead, 3-2, in the blink of an eye — all because of a two-out, two-strike Tony Kemp HBP. Clevinger was one strike away from closing out the top of the fifth with a 2-0 lead two separate times.
And in case you’re wondering, the Indians did not score in the bottom half of the inning. Tough break if you had either the Indians moneyline or under for the first 5 innings. Shake it off.