House Crushed by Davis; Orioles 8, Indians 4
Steve Eby | On 23, May 2014
Tribe rookie T.J. House made his Major League debut last Saturday with a scoreless inning against Oakland and then made his first ML start Friday night in Baltimore. This time, the results from the southpaw were not quite as good.
The Orioles big first baseman and reigning AL homerun champion Chris Davis used a two run double and a two run homer to defeat House and the Indians by a score of 8-4. House (0-1, 6.43) allowed five earned runs on 11 hits as he struggled through six innings of work.
The Orioles hit the young lefthander hard from the start as Nelson Cruz initiated him early by smacking an opposite field homerun in the bottom of the second inning. The Birds then added two more tallies in the third when Davis rocketed his double down the right field line to score both Nick Markakis and Adam Jones to make the score 3-0.
The Tribe did show the fight and relentlessness that has made them one of the leagues tougher defeats this week, however, as they stormed back to take the lead in the top of the fourth. Michael Brantley grounded a single through the right side of the infield to get the rally started and then Lonnie Chisenhall brought him all the way around to score as he drove a double up the right-centerfield alley. After David Murphy was robbed of a single on a slick play by shortstop JJ Hardy, Carlos Santana brought the go-ahead run to the plate with a walk. Jason Giambi then took his .067 batting average and O’s starter Bud Norris opposite field and just out of the ballpark for a 4-3 Cleveland advantage. The blast was the first of the season for Giambi and the 439th of his long career. At 43 years and 135 days old, Giambi also became the third oldest Indian to homer behind only Sam Rice in 1934 and Dave Winfield in 1995.
The lead did not last long, however, as House and Davis combined to give the Orioles the advantage back for good in the bottom of the fifth. An infield single by Jones on a tough play for second baseman Mike Aviles started the inning and then Davis added the exclamation mark by socking his seventh homerun of the year over the right field wall. The blast gave the Birds a 5-4 lead and Baltimore piled on from there.
House worked a scoreless sixth inning to save a frame from the Tribe’s overworked bullpen and then turned the ball over to Mark Lowe in the seventh. Jones continued to be a thorn in the Indians side by punching a one-out double to left and then an intentional walk to Davis brought Cruz back to the plate. The big slugger tapped a potential inning-ending double play ball to the right side of the mound and Lowe duffed the throw into the outfield for the Indians ridiculous 50th error of the season—seven more than the next closest Major League team. Jones scored on the play to make the deficit 6-4 and then Davis came in on a groundball by Hardy. The scoring finally ended when Delmon Young brought home Cruz with a double into the left field corner to make the score its final of 8-4. The last marks were unearned runs, giving the Indians 35 of those surrendered on the season.
The Indians offense went down quietly in the eighth and then only mustered a Santana double in the ninth before the game ended. Darren O’Day finished off Ryan Raburn, Yan Gomes, Justin Sellers and then the game for the Orioles.
The series will continue Sunday afternoon in an odd 12:35 start time at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.43), who has been the most consistent Indians starter of the season will face off against his former teammate Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5, 4.50). The game can be seen on Fox Sports/SportsTime Ohio and can be heard on the Cleveland Indians Radio Network.
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