Seattle Washes Away Tribe; Mariners 12, Indians 6
Mike B. | On 20, Sep 2011
All series at Progressive Field between the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians should be sponsored by the United States Post Office. Because in recent years, the two teams have played through rain, sleet and snow.
Monday’s game, a make up from a May 15 rainout, was played through a steady drizzle until it picked up and shortened the game to only seven innings. The Mariners were able to hit the Indians and David Huff with a hurricane of hits in the third inning, pacing their way to a 12-6 victory over the Tribe.
The Indians jumped off to a quick start when Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 23rd home run, a two run shot, in the bottom of the first inning. Carlos Santana followed with his 26th homer to go back-to-back with Cabrera. Santana’s homer makes him the Indians switch hitter with the most home runs in a season.
Despite the early 3-0 lead, Huff could not slow down the Mariners offense. Seattle, who has the worst offense in baseball, scored two in the second inning, but issued the crushing blow in a nine run third inning. Mike Carp doubled home Luis Rodriguez to start the offense in the third inning, and after Huff had been chased from the game, Carp finished the Tribe with a grand slam to right field off Chad Durbin.
When Carp’s home run landed in the mezzanine section in right field, the Mariners had an 11-4 lead and control of the game. The Indians would battle back to cut the lead to 12-6, but the rains increased and after seven innings the tarp was pulled onto the field.
The real story of the game was the second straight start for David Huff getting hit hard early in the game. In his last start the Rangers crushed Huff in the fourth inning. This time was the third inning. Huff has certainly pitched his way out of a certain rotation spot and into the those that will have to compete for a 2012 spot.
Tuesday, the Indians play a day night doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox. Fausto Carmona will try to shake the demons he has with the White Sox this year, while matching up with Gavin Floyd in the afternoon game. Zach McAllister, one of those competing for a 2012 roster spot, will oppose Dylan Axelrod in the nightcap.
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