Hicks’ Homer Spells Sweep for Tribe in Walkoff Loss; Giants 4, Indians 1

After Cody Allen got Pedro Sandoval to strike out swinging for the second out in the bottom of the ninth, the Indians elected to intentionally walk lefty Brandon Crawford to pitch to right-handed Brandon Hicks.

The decision backfired drastically, as Hicks crushed Allen’s offering to the left field power alley to end the game with a 4-1 Giants win. The Indians were swept in three games by the bay, an inauspicious start to a West Coast road trip that continues Monday in Anaheim.

The Indians’ offense continued to be anemic, managing just three hits, but one of those was a home run by Yan Gomes over the left field fence off Santiago Casilla to tie the game at 1 in the eighth. Danny Salazar had a strong outing, giving up just one run on five hits in seven innings pitched. Salazar, who had been shaky in his last few outings, struck out eight in what turned out to be a no-decision for him.

The game was then turned over to the Tribe bullpen. Marc Rzepczynski came in for the eighth, and after giving up a double with one out to Angel Pagan, was relieved in favor of Allen, who got Hunter Pence to fly out to right and Brandon Belt to swing at strike three.

Sergio Romo came on in the ninth for a one-two-three inning against the meat of the Indians’ lineup. Swisher and Kipnis each grounded out to first, and Carlos Santana struck out swinging.

The Tribe had opportunities early on, as Michael Bourn singled to start the game, and advanced to second when Jason Kipnis walked after Nick Swisher’s foulout. However, the rally was snuffed out when Santana flied out to right and Michael Brantley grounded out to second.

Bourn got his second hit of the day in the third inning, singling to right after Salazar struck out. But Swisher grounded to Hicks at second, starting an inning-ending double play.

The Giants got on the board in the fourth inning when Pedro Sandoval doubled down the left field line, and then scored on a double down the right field line by Crawford.

Ryan Vogelsong went seven innings for the Giants, giving up two hits – both to Bourn – and two walks – both to Kipnis – while striking out six. Romo got the win for the Giants, while Allen took the loss.

Justin Masterson will take the hill for the Indians on Monday at the Big A, against lefty Tyler Skaggs.

Photo: Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

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