Indians fall 6-4 in New York, Yankees sweep three-game series
Sabathia tosses a complete game victory sending the Tribe to another tough loss
The road can be a dangerous thing.
For the Indians so far in 2013, the road has proved to be just that.
Cleveland dropped their eighth straight game away from Progressive Field on Wednesday, as the team was swept by the New York Yankees 6-4, now dropping 12 of their last 16 games.
After going 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in his last four starts, Tribe starting pitcher Corey Kluber (3-4, 4.56 ERA) gave up six runs (four earned) through six innings, walking one and striking out eight. He essentially had two bad frames coming in the first and second innings.
Beating teams with the long ball most of the year, the Wahoos were beaten by their own game on Wednesday afternoon like they were throughout the three-game series against New York.
Yankees left-handed slugger Travis Hafner came back to haunt his former team again with a two-run blast to right field to give the Yanks an early 2-0 lead. The former Indians designated hitter is now hitting .235 (4-for-17) with three home runs and seven RBI against the Tribe this season.
Hafner’s homer off Kluber plated two unearned runs in the first inning after center fielder Michael Bourn had a fly ball by Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano bounce off his glove for his first error as an Indian.
The Bronx Bombers quickly increased their lead in the second inning, first on a RBI single by Yankees catcher Chris Stewart. Then with two on and one out, Brett Gardner belted a three-run homer off Kluber as they went on to plate four runs in the second.
Down 6-0 after just two innings, the Cleveland offense battled back late. Shortstop Mike Aviles broke Yankees starter CC Sabathia’s bid for a perfect game with a base hit in the fifth inning before the Tribe plated their first two runs of the ballgame in the sixth.
Second baseman Jason Kipnis gave the Indians their first run of the game with an RBI single down the right field line and one batter later, Nick Swisher’s RBI groundout cut the Yankee lead to just 6-2.
Cleveland got more two-out magic offensively in the seventh inning courtesy of catcher Yan Gomes. The 25-year old backstop cut the deficit to just two runs with his sixth long ball of the season, off Sabathia.
In just 25 games, Gomes is now hitting .293 with six homers and 17 RBI with the Tribe. He also surpasses Lou Marson’s career home run total of five long balls in just his first 82 at-bats as the team’s backup catcher.
The former Indians ace proved to be too much for the struggling Cleveland offense, as Sabathia (6-4, 3.74 ERA) notched his first complete game victory of the year against his former club. Coming into the ballgame 7-1 against former Cy Young Award winners this season, the Tribe managed just four runs on seven hits against Sabathia, striking out nine times.
Winning the American League Cy Young Award back in 2007 as a member of the Indians, Sabathia threw 84 of his 116 pitches on the afternoon for strikes. He is now 4-1 in his career against his former team.
Having won 18 of 22 games between April 28 and May 20, Cleveland (30-29) has now lost 12 of their last 16 games. The team also falls to a season-worst 12-17 on the road.
The Tribe will now get a much needed off day on Thursday before shipping up to Motown for a three-game series with division rival Detroit Tigers. Friday’s matchup features Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3, 4.83 ERA) versus Justin Verlander (7-4, 3.70 ERA). Cleveland has roughed up Verlander for five runs in each of his two starts against them this year, while Jimenez is 1-0 in his only start at Comerica Park this season.
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