Kluber Roughed Up in Bay Area Matinee; Athletics 6, Indians 1
Adam Balog | On 02, Apr 2014
Corey Kluber had a rough outing in Oakland and the Indians offense could never seem to get going as the Indians fall to the Athletics, 6-1.
While Cleveland was experiencing nearly perfect weather for baseball, the same couldn’t be said in Oakland on Tuesday, turning today into the first day-night doubleheader in Oakland in franchise history. The Indians were fitting opponents as they did not tally a run until the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the first inning Coco Crisp singled to right, which would get the A’s offense started. Crisp then stole second base and was moved to third on a sacrifice fly to center field. Kluber walked Brandon Moss, which put runners on the corners. Yoenis Cespedes singled to right field and gave Oakland their first run of the season.
Michael Brantley gave the Indians the first hit of the day with a single to left with two outs, but the Tribe couldn’t score him. The momentum stayed with the Athletics as they went to the bottom of the inning.
In the bottom of the second inning the Athletics offense would stay hot. Alberto Callaspo and Derek Norris hit back-to-back singles to lead of the inning. Kluber then walked his second batter of the game and load the bases. Crisp hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field to make it 2-0. The A’s had runners on the corners. The next batter, Josh Donaldson, hit a ground ball to Carlos Santana at third and Santana was able to throw the runner out at home. The play was challenged by the Athletics manager Bob Melvin but was upheld as an out after the four minute, forty second review. Oakland still had runners on first and second with two outs. Jed Lowrie, on a two-two count, singled to left to make it a three run lead.
Oakland wouldn’t let off the gas in the third. Kluber walked Josh Reddick on four pitches. The next batter Callaspo homered to right field to make it a 5-run lead.
Kluber’s day would end faster than hoped, after letting two Athletics reach base in the fourth. Kluber finished the day pitching three and one-third innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, while walking three and striking out two. Scott Atchison came in to relieve Kluber. After getting Cespedes to ground out, Atchison walked Reddick to load the bases. Atchison got out of the jam, however, striking out Callaspo.
Vinnie Pestano came into relieve for Atchison in the sixth inning. Atchison pitched one and two-third innings allowing no hits, while walking one and striking out two. The Athletics offense would keep producing. Lowrie and Moss hit back-to-back doubles off Pestano to add another run, now 6-0.
Kazmir would be pulled in the eighth inning after allowing a double to Mike Aviles. Kazmir had a great first start in an Athletic uniform. He pitched seven and one-third innings, only allowing three hits and striking out five. Oakland couldn’t have asked for a better game against his former team. Right-hander Dan Otero came in to relieve Kazmir.
Otero would stay on the close the ninth inning. Kipnis doubled to left field with two outs and Santana singled to left and put the Indians on the board. Otero then got Ryan Raburn to ground out to end the game and gave the Oakland Athletics their first win of the year in a 6-1 victory. Otero finished the game throwing an inning and two-thirds, allowing one earned run on two hits.
Kluber (0-1) takes the loss for the Tribe, with Kazmir (1-0) earning the win for the Athletics. Game 2 of the doubleheader first pitch is at 9:05pm (EST). The Indians will send Zach McAllister to the hill to faceoff against Josh Lindblom.
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