Tribe “Drops” Game Two of Doubleheader; Padres 2, Indians 1

Following the Indians’ 2-0 win against the San Diego Padres at 12:05, the team retook the field a little after 3:00 to finish up their traditional doubleheader to make up for Monday’s game, which was postponed due to rain. This marked the Indians second doubleheader (split or traditional) of the season.

Despite a strong and improved showing from Trevor Bauer, called up from AAA Columbus to make the appearance, the Indians offense could not deliver the hits needed to secure a win. They fell to the Padres by a score of 2-1.

Bauer, who currently owns a 1.50 ERA in 6.0 innings pitched, along with nine strikeouts and two walks in Columbus , made four spot starts for the Tribe last season that were less than ideal. He went 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA with the Big League team last season. He pitched against the Padres’ left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin, who was 0-0, 0.00 coming into today’s game.

Bauer pitched to Carlos Santana, marking his second appearance behind the dish this season. Mike Aviles filled in at third, taking full advantage of his utility man status.

The game opened with a throwing error by Asdrubal Cabrera, which allowed Everth Cabrera to reach second. Chris Denorfia then reached on what was called a fielding error on right fielder Elliot Johnson, when umpires argued that he dropped the ball caught in right field. Disagreeing with the call, the Indians challenged the decision, which was upheld due to the “secured possession” rule, which states that “umpires must consider whether the fielder had secured possession of the ball but dropped it during the act of the catch.” Cabrera moved to third and Denorfia reached second on the play. Cabrera put the first run on the board for the Padres, scoring on a ground out by Seth Smith. Though he moved to third, Denorfia did not score, as Bauer managed to get himself out of the jam by striking on Yonder Alonso swinging and inducing a ground out from Chase Headley.

Despite the run scoring, Bauer looked impressive in the first inning, throwing fastball strikes at 93 to 96 mph, as well as throwing an above-average curveball.

The Indians failed to retaliate in the bottom of the first, as Johnson was called out on strikes, Nick Swisher hit into a ground out, and Jason Kipnis struck out on a foul tip.

Bauer continued to show strength into the second inning, striking out the side of Jedd Gyorko, Tommy Medica, and Alexi Amarista. Cleveland’s side of Santana, Ryan Raburn, and Michael Brantley was also retired in order.

Cabrera returned to the bases in the third inning with a one-out single to left field. He advanced to second when Denorfia struck out swinging. He was caught attempting to steal third and picked off with a throw from Santana to Aviles.

The bottom of the third inning had the Indians working to put runs on the board. Designated hitter Yan Gomes singled to left and advanced to third on a line drive hit by Cabrera. Aviles hit a sacrifice fly RBI to right field to score Gomes and even the score to 1-1 with one out. With two outs, Cabrera managed to steal second on a wild pitch to Swisher, though Swisher grounded out to third to end the inning.

Both teams went down in order in the fourth inning. Bauer walked his first batter, Amarista, in the top of the fifth, after striking out two to start the inning. No damage was done, however, has Rene Rivera lined out to Brantley in center field to end the inning for the Padres.

Cabrera doubled in the bottom of the fifth, adding to his strong performance throughout the game. He was stranded on base, however, at the inning’s end.

Bauer allowed a single to Cabrera and Seth Smith was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, putting runners on first and second. He walked Alonso and, following a coaching visit to the mound, gave up a hit to Headley that scored Cabrera, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead. He ended the inning by posting his eighth strikeout of the game, holding the Padres to the 2-1 lead.

The 2-1 lead remained throughout the seventh and eighth innings, which brought about pitching changes for both teams, including .2 innings from Dale Thayer and 1.1 innings from Joaquin Benoit for the Padres, and one inning each from Bryan Shaw and Marc Rzepczynski. Scott Atchison came in to pitch the ninth inning for the Indians and retired the side in order. Huston Street came in to close the game for the Padres.

Street faced Santana, Raburn, and Brantley. Santana popped out to Gyorko at second, while Raburn hit a line drive single with one out. Nyjer Morgan came in to pitch run for Raburn and stole second in a ball in the dirt to Brantley. Brantley walked, putting runners at first and second for Gomes at the plate. Gomes hit a fly ball to right, which was caught by the right fielder, Will Venable, leaving runners at first and second with two outs as Cabrera stepped to plate. Cabrera followed in Gomes’ footsteps, hitting a long drive to right that was caught by Venable. The Padres held on to their lead to win the game 2-1. The Indians fell to 5-4 on the year, with the Padres now at 3-6.

Erlin was named the winning pitcher (1-0) and Street earned his third save for the Padres, while Bauer was, albeit undeservingly, named the losing pitcher (0-1).

The Indians will travel Chicago for a four-game series with the White Sox starting tomorrow. Tomorrow’s game, which has an 8:10 p.m. start time, will feature a pitching matchup of Danny Salazar (0-0, 3.18) against White Sox’ lefty John Danks (0-0, 3.86), who allowed three runs over seven innings in a no-decision on Saturday, April 5, while striking out six opposing batters and allowing four walks. The game can be seen on SportsTime Ohio and heard on the Cleveland Indians Radio Network.

Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images

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