Tribe Falls in Extras to Split Twin Bill: Diamondbacks 1, Indians 0
Vince Guerrieri | On 14, Aug 2014
Not only were fans treated to a true doubleheader – buy one ticket, see two games – Wednesday, but the twin bill finished with some bonus baseball.
But while Tribe starter Josh Tomlin and the Indians bullpen combined to give up one run to the Diamondbacks in 12 innings, the Indians offense couldn’t push one across as the Tribe lost 1-0 for the twin bill and series split. The Diamondbacks leave town and the Tribe has Thursday off before starting a three-game set against the Orioles.
After Kyle Crockett pitched two perfect innings in relief, C.C. Lee came on in the 12th. Lee walked Alfredo Marte, and Didi Gregorious sacrificed pinch-runner Xavier Paul to second, putting him in scoring position. Tuffy Gosewisch blooped a single into center field to score Paul. Ender Inciarte grounded to Jason Kipnis at second, who was able to take out the lead running, but Inciarte took second on a single by Cliff Pennington. Lee recovered to David Peralta to fly out to left, but the damage had been done.
Lonnie Chisenhall doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 12th, but with the potential tying run in scoring position, Kipnis struck out to end the game.
Throughout the game, the Indians demonstrated a spectacular ability to leave runners stranded or kill rallies. In the bottom of the 11th, Michael Brantley led off with a double, but remained stranded at second as Carlos Santana and Chris Dickerson struck out, and Zach Walters, the hero of the first game, tapped a grounder to first. All told, the Indians left six runners stranded in scoring position throughout the nightcap, and grounded into three inning-ending double plays.
After Trevor Bauer took a no-hitter into the sixth against his former team in the first game Wednesday, Indians starter Tomlin didn’t give up his first hit until the fourth and ultimately threw 5.1 shutout innings, scattering four hits.
The Diamondbacks countered with Andrew Chafin, an alumnus of Collins Western Reserve High School near Sandusky and Kent State University. Chafin, in his major league debut, gave up three hits in five innings of scoreless work.