McAllister Struggles, Bedard Shines; Rays 7, Indians 1
Steve Eby | On 10, May 2014
Tampa Bay starter Erik Bedard had seen his once-promising career take a turn for the worse over the past few years, but Saturday night brought back flashes of his former brilliance. Bedard battled both Zach McAllister and the Indians batters on Saturday, as the Rays throttled the Indians by a score of 7-1.
The Indians (17-20) had won four in a row and six of their previous eight while the Rays (16-21) had lost four games in a row coming into Saturday. For the evening, however, none of that mattered as the Indians collected only three hits for the entire evening. The Rays hitters had a much different story.
The onslaught started in the third inning when Desmond Jennings smoked a single to lead off the frame. After McAllister got two straight outs, Jennings stole second base for his ninth theft of the season and was brought home on an RBI single by David DeJesus. They extended their lead in the fourth, when James Loney singled and was brought around to third on a double by reigning AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers. Loney then scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Joyce and a walk to Jennings followed. A single by Yunel Escobar scored Myers to make the score 3-0 in favor of the Rays.
Tampa Bay continued to pour it on McAllister in the fifth, as Ben Zobrist smoked a one out single to get things started. Evan Longoria followed by rocketing an RBI double into the gap and then scored when Loney blooped a single down the right field line to make the score 5-0. McAllister’s evening ended after the Loney base hit, as Manager Terry Francona turned the ball over to CC Lee, who retired Myers and Joyce to stop the bleeding temporarily. The Rays added another two runs in the seventh off of Josh Outman to push the lead to 7-0.
The Indian hitters, meanwhile, were baffled by Bedard throughout the contest. In his six innings of work, Bedard allowed just one hit—a double to Ryan Raburn—and three walks while striking out four. He was aided by some great defense from Longoria at third, but came through when needed as the Indians stranded all of the baserunners allowed. Over his last three starts, the lefty has worked 17 innings allowing just two earned runs on 11 hits.
The Tribe didn’t fare any better against reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, who worked two perfect innings to keep Cleveland at bay. The Indians hitters didn’t make any noise all night until the ninth inning off of closer Grant Balfour, who allowed back to back singles to Lonnie Chisenhall and Brantley to start the inning and then a walk to Carlos Santana to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Raburn plated the Indians only run of the contest.
The rubber match of the series will be a Mother’s Day matinee as the two teams will meet up at 1:40 on Sunday at Tropicana Field. Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.35) will work his second start of the season and will matchup against right-hander Chris Archer (2-1, 4.91). The game can be seen locally on Fox Sports/SportsTime Ohio and can be heard on the Cleveland Indians Radio Network.
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