Myers Struck by Long Ball Again; Astros 3, Indians 2
Mike Brandyberry | On 19, Apr 2013
The Indians fell behind early Friday evening and were never able to catch up, losing 3-2 to the Houston Astros.
All five runs in the game were scored on the home run ball. Brett Myers was stung by two home runs on the evening, while Lucas Harrell was only struck for one home run. The extra long ball turned out to be the difference in the game.
The Astros jumped on top in the bottom of the second inning, when with one out, Carlos Pena walked. J.D. Martinez then homered to right to give Houston a 2-0 lead. Rick Ankiel followed with a solo shot to make it back-to-back homers and give the Astros a 3-0 lead. The two homers were Myers’ ninth and tenth home runs allowed this season, respectively.
Cleveland battled back into the game in the top of the fourth inning when Mark Reynolds walked with two outs. Lonnie Chisenhall followed with a two-run home run down the right field line off Harrell to trim the Houston lead to 3-2. The liner into the bullpen was Chisenhall’s second home run of the season.
The Indians had a chance to tie the game, or move ahead, in the fifth inning, but they could not get a timely hit. Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis lead off the inning with back-to-back walks off Harrell, but Asdrubal Cabrera hit into a double play. Nick Swisher followed with a ground out of his own to squander what could have been a potentially big inning.
Harrell survived into the sixth inning, going five and two-third innings, allowing five hits, two runs—both earned—while walking five and striking out four. Cleveland had chances to create a big inning, but was unable against Harrell. When Reynolds singled to center field with two outs in the sixth, Wesley Wright replaced Harrell (1-2) for the final out of the frame.
Cody Allen relieved Myers (0-3) to start the bottom of the sixth. Myers left after five innings, allowing five hits and three runs while walking two and striking out four. Myers left after five innings, appearing to be hampered with some kind of minor injury. He was consulted once by the trainer in the dugout and then on the mound during his final inning.
Allen pitched two scoreless frames, followed by Rich Hill and Joe Smith, but the Astros bullpen responded with zero’s of their own and Houston was able to win 3-2 on the evening. After Wright, Hector Ambriz pitched a scoreless eighth inning before Jose Veras pitched a scoreless ninth inning to end the game. It was Veras’ first save of the season.
The Indians continue to struggle to hit with runners in scoring position. Despite earning eight hits as a team, the Tribe was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. Kipnis and Reynolds were two of the few bright spots in the Indian offense, carding two hits apiece. Kipnis responded nicely after missing five games with a sore right elbow.
Saturday the Indians will try to snap their five game losing streak when Scott Kazmir makes his first start of the season. He will be opposed by Philip Humber (0-3, 2.89 ERA) of the Astros. Game time is slated for 7:10 p.m. from Minute Maid Park.
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