AZL Indians fall to Athletics, 12-9
GOODYEAR - The AZL Indians (1-3) dropped their third game of the season as they were outslugged on Sunday night, 12-9 to the AZL Athletics.
Despite an early three spot put on the board courtesy of a bases loaded clearing triple by Eric Haase, the Tribe pitching struggled. Righty Yeiker Lovera found too much of the plate in the 3rd inning surrendering four runs on five hits, though his defense certainly didn’t help as shortstop Dorssys Paulino and rightfielder Joshua McAdams contributed with errors on the most routine of plays.
The teenage Tribe came back in the bottom of the 3rd inning as Paulino and third baseman Jorge Martinez set the table with leadoff hits. Leftfielder Anthony Santander was then beaned by a heater that took him a few minutes to brush off, and then once again Haase did the heavy lifting with a base loaded double to yield two more runs.
The offense would be quiet again until the 6th inning as McAdams punched a two run single into the outfield, but efforts for a big time rally were shunned when Paulino grounded into a 6-4-3 inning ending double play.
Play of the Game: Eric Haase’s at bats in general. He had two hits, a double and triple, each in dire RBI circumstances. It was good to see the catcher’s bat really working. He’s played in three of four of this season’s games thus far, batting .357 with a 1.000 OPS. Left fielder Anthony Santander’s throw out of the speedy Franklin Contreras at third base was a close second.
Notes: The Indians used five pitchers in all last night, and three of them gave up two or more runs. Jeffrey Cleto took the loss for his 1.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 WP struggles. Cleto last pitched on Thursday against the Angels and he was incredibly effective—but not so much last night. He was exclusively throwing fastballs and they were batting practice located—dead red and the A’s hitters didn’t miss them.
Starting pitcher Yeiker Lovera was yet another of the Tribe pitching mercenaries on the night—he really struggled missing bats. He had three strikeouts, but also gave up seven hits including a homer in the 2nd inning. It was not a pretty night if you love pitcher’s duels.
On the positive side, the offense continued to fight back into the latter innings, despite pitching giving up runs in six of the nine innings. Conclusively, in a three and a half hour contest, a really rather ugly game, the Indians gave up 12 runs off 15 hits which included three errors and four wild pitches. The AZL Indians look to rebound tonight against the AZL Cubs in Mesa.