Trevor Bauer scattered four hits over seven innings and followed Corey Kluber‘s 18-strikeout performance with 10 of his own, but the offense couldn’t score enough and the bullpen couldn’t hold a lead, resulting in a 2-1 loss at Progressive Field on Thursday afternoon. Staked to a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning, Marc Rzepczynski gave up a two-run homer to Matt Carpenter to allow St. Louis to come from behind.
Carpenter’s homer was the first home run by a left-handed batter off Rzepczynski since June 12, 2012. Michael Bourn was 2-for-4 in the game, including a triple in the fourth inning. It was a golden opportunity to score, but Jose Ramirez laid down a poor bunt and Bourn got a late break. He was tagged out between third base and home. The Indians were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base for the game.
W: Kevin Siegrist (2-0)
L: Marc Rzepczynski (1-1)
S: Trevor Rosenthal (12)
HR: Matt Carpenter (6, 8th inning off Rzepczynski 1 on, 1 out)
Photo: Tony Dejak/AP Photo