Dog-Gone Ugly Effort; Mariners 12, Indians 7
By Mike Brandyberry
The Cleveland Indians had their Puppypalooza at Progressive Field, welcoming 500 dogs to the ballpark for pregame parade, hopefully PETA wasn’t watching the contest or they may feel the animals were treated inhumanely, being forced to watch the contest. The Seattle Mariners defeated the Indians 12-7, and more importantly, probably ended all chances at a postseason birth for the Tribe.
Zach McAllister, recalled from AAA between games on Tuesday, looked every bit the part of a minor leaguer in over his head. McAllister had back to back innings allowing five runs, leaving too many pitches over the middle of the plate, allowing the Mariners to take advantage. McAllister allowed nine hits, eight earned runs and 10 total runs in three and one-third innings.
While McAllister struggled early, the Indians did not give him much support. Defensively, Ezequiel Carrera and Kosuke Fukudome each had errors in the outfield. Carrera bobbling a ball down the leftfield line and Fukudome dropping a fly ball in centerfield. Carrera’s error was not his only mistake. He was also picked off in the first inning by Seattle pitcher, Anthony Vasquez.
Being down 10-2 after three and a half innings, the Indians could have been left for dead, but they had several chances to fight their way back into the game. The Tribe scored in five of the nine innings but could not put together a big inning. They left the bases loaded twice, including the sixth inning when they had them loaded with one out and Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana coming to the plate. Indian hitters were only 3-15 with runners in scoring position on the evening.
With their season potentially on the line, no one on the Indians seemed to play with the passion or intensity necessary to save a season. The Indians seemed to be going through the motions, playing uninspired baseball, like a team just playing out the string to the season.
And the Indians may finally be doing just that, playing out the string to the season, because the defeat, combined with a Detroit win in Tampa leaves the Tribe six games back in the Central Division standings. Josh Tomlin (12-6, 4.03) will match up with Felix Hernandez (11-11, 3.38) to end the four game series with the Mariners at 12:05 on Wednesday.
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