Game #11 – Cleveland Indians (5-5) vs. Seattle Mariners (7-6)
By Matthew Van Wormer
After a lackluster offensive performance, the Indians and Mariners will take the field for the rubber match of their three game set tonight, with the Tribe looking to get back over .500 and win their second series of the season. The Indians will certainly have their work cut out for them following a performance that saw them get just one run on four hits last night.
Josh Tomlin (0-1, 8.31) has not been the model of consistency that he once was and will be looking to prove that his first two outings of the year were just a fluke. Tomlin has not had a good start to the season, matching his horrible spring that saw him struggle on a regular basis. Tomlin’s performance may soon have him pitching for his job.
After four straight games with eight or more runs, the Indians were held to just one last night in their 4-1 loss. They will have to get back in the hit and run columns if they want to take this series as they finish up in Seattle and then head to Oakland.
Felix Hernandez (1-1, 3.80) will look to get the victory for the Mariners who look to keep pace with the red hot Texas Rangers in the American League West. It may be early in the season but the Mariners are already looking up in the standings to a team that is sitting at 10-2 on the year.
Jack Hannahan will be the player to watch for the Tribe this evening as he has had a lot of success against Hernandez in his career. In 15 career at bats, Hannahan has 7 hits including two home runs and a double. Casey Kotchman, Travis Hafner and Shin-Soo Choo have also taken Hernandez deep in their careers.
As the west coast trip continues, so do the red-eyes for Indians fans as they head to work the morning after these late night contests. It will be, yet another, 10:10 start for the Tribe as they finish their only series of the season in Seattle. Check the Indians out with Rick Manning and Matt Underwood on Sports Time Ohio or Tom Hamilton and Jim Rosenhaus on the Indians Radio Network.
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. Carlos Santana, C
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
7. Shelley Duncan, LF
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Jason Donald, SS
Seattle Mariners Starting Lineup
1. Chone Figgins, LF
2. Dustin Ackley, 2B
3. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
4. Justin Smoak, 1B
5. Kyle Seager, 3B
6. Michael Saunders, CF
7. Miguel Olivo, C
8. John Jaso, DH
9. Brendan Ryan, SS
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