Offense Sleeps in Seattle; Mariners 2, Indians 1
Matt Travis | On 23, Jul 2013
Often in baseball as quickly as a home run can help your team, the other seems primed to respond with a homerun of their own. That is exactly what happened to the Indians on Monday night as a Nick Swisher home run gave the Tribe an early lead but two solo Mariners home runs gave them a 2-1 lead, which ended up being the final score of the game.
The game started off strong for the Indians in the first inning, when Swisher was able to drive a full count fastball just barely over the wall in left field for his 10th home run of the season. This early blast was enough to put the Indians on top 1-0 after the first inning.
The Indians were able to keep a hold of that lead easily through the first three innings, thanks to a great start to the game from Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez was able to pitch three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and three walks, while striking out three batters.
The third inning saw a chance for the Indians to add to their lead, when a one out Michael Bourn infield single was followed by Swisher single to left field, putting men at the corners with only one out, with Jason Kipnis coming to bat. Kipnis however struck out and Asdrubal Cabrera grounded to the first basemen for an easy out number three.
The Mariners were able to finally break through in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Kendrys Morales was able to take Jimenez’s 2-2 offering to deep right field, just inside the foul pole, tying the game at one.
The game did not stay tied for long, as Mike Zunino was down in the count 0-2 before taking a pitch on the outside third of the plate to deep left center field for a solo home run, which was enough to put Seattle up 2-1.
The sixth and seventh inning saw very little offense from either team, with the Indians going hitless and Mariners having one hit in each inning. Despite having runners on base in both innings, the Indians bullpen was able to be erase them quickly with C.C. Lee and Rich Hill coming out of the bullpen for the last out of the sixth inning and entire seventh inning respectively., both throwing scoreless performances.
The eighth inning started off perfectly for the Indians, with the leadoff man Bourn getting on base with a hit by pitch. However the cold bats that Indians have been swinging since the All-Star break continued, with Swisher striking out, Bourn getting caught stealing second and Kipnis grounding out at home.
After Bryan Shaw came in to pitch a perfect bottom of the eighth inning, the Indians were set to count on Cabrera, Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana to tie this game up. The inning started with a harmless popup from Cabrera, then Brantley was able to drive a ball to deep left field for a double with only one out. Santana was able to move him to third on a groundout, setting the stage for Jason Giambi. After working the count full, Giambi was able to work a walk, with Mike Aviles coming into to pinch run. With men on the corners and two outs, Lonnie Chisenhall had a chance to be a hero but unfortunately hit a deep pop up to left field for number 27 for the Indians.
The win went to Aaron Harang (5-8, 5.06 ERA), the loss going to Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 4.49 ERA) despite giving up just five hits, four walks, two earned run and striking out six batters. The save went to Tom Wilhelmsen (SV 22, 3.92 ERA).
The second game of this west coast series against the Mariners will take place tomorrow night at 10:10 ET at Safeco Field. Cleveland will have Zach McAllister (4-5,3.43 ERA) pitching for the first time in over a month, going against rookie pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, 13.50 ERA) for Seattle.
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