Pitching Key as Mariners Take Series Over Indians

Series Result: Indians lose series to Mariners 1-2

 
Game Results
Game 1: Seattle 3 Cleveland 2

Game 2: Cleveland 5 Seattle 0

Game 3: Seattle 3 Cleveland 0

 
Indians MVP
Josh Tomlin
Tomlin pitched one of the best games in the MLB this season with a complete game shutout against the Mariners, allowing only one hit and striking out a career high 11

Indians LVP
Nick Swisher
In the series, Swisher went 1-for-9 with 2 k’s and 2 walks, lowering his season batting average to .193. With the glove or on the basepath he wasn’t much better, missing a catch in game 3 and getting gunned down trying to advance to 3rd base in game 1.

 

Game 1: Indians can’t produce key hits in 3-2 loss
The Indians continued their season long trend of not being able to drive in runners in scoring position, as they left 9 men on base and had a team RISP of 1-for-9. In fact, if it weren’t for Michael Bourn’s RBI single in the 9th, the Tribe would have gone 0-for-9. Trevor Bauer got the loss for the Tribe, as his record fell to 2-4. He labored through 6 1/3 innings, throwing 111 pitches, striking out 5 and walking 2. The game essentially ended when Bauer gave up a home run to the light hitting Endy Chavez in the bottom of the 7th.  The Indians made it interesting in the bottom of the 9th, before Mariners closer Fernando Rodney got Lonnie Chisenhall to strike out.

 
Games 2: Tomlin flirts with perfection in 5-0 win
We already documented just how great a performance Tomlin’s start was in “Almost Perfect: Josh Tomlin Throws a 1-Hitter”. The Tribe came out swinging in this one, as they were able to plate 2 runs in the 1st inning, courtesy of a Michael Brantley RBI single and a Carlos Santana RBI double. In the top of the 5th, the Indians added 2 more runs to make it a 4-0 game. It was in the bottom of the 5th when Tomlin gave up a single to Kyle Seager, which started and abruptly ended the Mariners night offensively. In the top of the 6th, Yan Gomes made the most of a second chance, as Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon got in the way of Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, as he tried to catch a pop foul. Gomes hammered the next pitch over the wall to give the Indians a 5-0 lead. Tomlin mowed down the Mariners the rest of the night and the Tribe emerged victorious.

 
Game 3: King Felix get revenge as the Tribe is held to 1 hit, in series finale
After seeing Josh Tomlin throw a 1-hitter the night before, Felix Hernandez tried to one-up Tomlin and almost succeeded. King Felix went 8 shutout innings, giving up one hit, striking out 9, but walking 3. Just called up lefthander, T.J. House held his own, going 6 innings, allowing 2 runs, striking out 5, and walking 1, but it was Robinson Cano’s 6th inning 2-run home run that ended the Tribe’s day. The Indians lone hit came from Lonnie Chisenhall who led off the top of the 5th with a seeing eye single (just like the night before the only hit came to lead off the 5th inning), as it made its past Cano’s glove to prevent the Tribe from being no-hit.

 
Next Up: The Tribe looks to get back on track in Chavez Ravine against Los Angeles Dodgers

 

— Chris Sladoje @The_Doje

Photo via (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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