(Almost) Hitless in Seattle; Mariners 4, Indians 1
By Matthew Van Wormer
The offense just couldn’t find a way to get it going in Seattle, as the Indians fell to the Mariners by the score of 4-1 to end their road winning streak at four games and drop the Indians back to .500. The Indians streak of games with a home run to start a season also ended at nine. All in all, it was a bad night for Cleveland as they had just four hits on the evening.
Derek Lowe suffered from both a of a lack of command in addition to what appeared to be an ever diminishing strike zone as called by home plate umpire, Angel Campos. He didn’t help his own cause though as he recoverdeletednow.net gave up a home run to Chone Figgins, to lead off the game, as well as Ichiro Suzuki just two batters later.
Seattle added to their lead in the bottom of the second when Lowe seemed to lose control completely. After walking Ichiro Suzuki to load the bases, Lowe proceeded to give a free pass to Jesus Montero, which brought a run in to make it a 3-0 game. The Tribe was lucky that the game was still that close when the inning ended.
In the top of the third, Aaron Cunningham led things off with a double off the top of the wall in left for the Tribe. After a sacrifice bunt by Jason Donald moved Cunningham to third, Jason insurancecompanynow.net Kipnis hit a sacrifice fly to center field which plated Cunningham, making the score 3-1. The Indians weren’t able to get another run across the plate all night.
After no action in the bottom of the third or top of the fourth, in which the Tribe players all went down via the strikeout, the Mariners were able to get that lone Tribe run back on a walk, a single and an RBI hit by Dustin Ackley. That was all the Mariners would need on this night as the Tribe barely threatened the rest of the evening.
On a positive note, the Indians bullpen, for the second night in a row was spectacular, giving up no runs in 3.2 innings of work. stiffn.net For the Mariners, Brandon League came in for the top of the ninth and made quick work of the Tribe as he earned his fifth save in as many chances on the young season.
Jason Vargas (2-1, 2.84 ERA) earned his second win of the 2012 campaign while Derek Lowe (2-1, 3.50) suffered his first loss as a member of the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe will try to start a new winning streak, and win their second series of the season, on Thursday night when they take on “King” Felix Hernandez (1-1, 3.80). Josh Tomlin (0-1, 8.31) will look to get back on track for the Tribe after struggling in his first two appearances of 2012.
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