Tribe Blown Away in Miami; Marlins 10, Indians 0
Bob Toth | On 02, Aug 2013
One team looked like a playoff team and the other looked like one of the lesser teams in baseball, making youthful mistakes.
However, it was the lowly Miami Marlins that played with fire and hustle Friday evening behind a splendid pitching effort by rookie, Jose Fernandez. The Indians instead looked lifeless and sloppy behind a poor pitching effort from Ubaldo Jimenez. The Indians may have had all the fight and spark and still fell to Fernandez who shutout the Tribe 10-0 on Friday evening. The embarrassing defeat snapped the Indians’ eight game winning streak.
Cleveland fell behind immediately in the bottom of the first due in large part to their own mistakes. Ed Lucas walked with one out before Giancarlo Stanton grounded to third base, but Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera dropped the ball and couldn’t throw to second in time and everyone was safe.
Jimenez uncorked a wild pitch to add to the early miscues and allow both runners to move into scoring position. Then, the wheels began to fall off for Jimenez when Logan Morrison dropped a double in down the left field line. Left fielder Michael Brantley dove for the sinking flare, but came up just short. It allowed Lucas to score and Stanton to advance to third as the Marlins took a 1-0 lead.
Donovan Solano grounded out to second base, allowing Stanton to score and Morrison to advance to third base for their second run of the inning. Adeinny Hechavarria then hit a two-out single to right field, bringing home Morrison and making it 3-0 after just one inning.
Miami tacked on another run in the bottom of the second inning when Yelich hit a one-out triple. Lucas walked before Stanton fouled out for the second out of the inning. However, Morrison came through with a single to center field to plate Yelich and make it 4-0, Miami.
Jake Marisnick made another run almost all on his own in the third inning. After starting the frame with a double to right field, just alluding Drew Stubbs outstretched, diving glove, he stole third base and jogged home on Fernandez’s sacrifice fly to right field. Marisnick’s hustle around the bases gave the Marlins a 5-0 lead.
Jimenez continued to throw into the fourth. Despite being behind in counts and seeming to have little control of his fastball, Jimenez again had runners on second and third before striking out Marisnick to end the inning. After his lone zero of the game on the scoreboard, Jimenez (8-6) had thrown 107 pitches in just four innings. He was finished after four innings, allowing five runs—just two earned—on nine hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Fernandez was in complete control of the Indians. He allowed a single to Nick Swisher in the first inning and a walk to Jimenez in the third inning as the only base runners he allowed through five innings. Fernandez struck out nine Indians through five innings using a sharp, late-breaking curveball.
Cabrera doubled for the Tribe in the seventh inning an Ryan Raburn singled in the eighth inning, but Fernandez (8-5) kept right on motoring through the Indian lineup. In eight innings he allowed just three hits and one walk while shutting out the Tribe. His 14 strikeouts are a new career-high, breaking his old mark of 13, set in his previous start. Steve Ames pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Marlins in relief of Fernandez.
Matt Albers worked the eighth inning and did not fare well in his inning of relief. Miami batted around in the frame, registering seven hits in the inning, including a triple by Morrison to bring home two runs. The Marlins would score five in the inning, extending the lead to 10-0. Albers allowed seven hits and five runs in his inning of work.
Morrison had four hits and four runs batted in. He was just a home run short of hitting for the cycle. Yelich, Hechavarria and Marisnick each had three hits in helping the Marlins log 16 hits, tying a season high for the team.
With the loss the Tribe drops three games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division. Detroit toppled the Chicago White Sox, 2-1. They also fall a half game out of the final Wild Card spot with the Baltimore Orioles beating the Seattle Mariners 11-8.
Cleveland will try to even the series tomorrow evening when Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.48) makes his third start since coming off the disabled list. He’ll be opposed by another young, Marlins starter, right-hander Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.65).
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