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Indians left stunned again in Seattle, lose 4-3

Three errors more than enough to hand the Mariners another victory

Indians left stunned again in Seattle, lose 4-3
July 24, 2013
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SEATTLE—It was just last season that Tribe starter Zach McAllister led the league in unearned runs. Making his first start since June 2, the right-hander received no help defensively again Tuesday night.

Three more errors and lack run support proved more than a recipe for disaster, as the Indians fell one run short to the Seattle Mariners for the second straight night, 4-3.

Offensively, Cleveland found themselves in almost the same situation as Monday night, trailing Seattle by one run in the ninth against Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen.

Trailing 4-3, Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall gave the Tribe faithful life connecting on back-to-back singles to open the ninth inning, putting runners on first and third with no outs.

Looking for speed on the bases, manager Terry Franconainserted outfielder Drew Stubbs as a pinch runner for Reynolds.

With a homer already in the ballgame, catcher Yan Gomes hit a ground ball to third. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seger threw to second for the force out before as Stubbs broke for home, then stopped.

The hesitation cost both him and the Indians the potential win, as Stubbs was tagged out in a rundown between home plate and third on the play.

Center fielder Michael Bourn struck out looking to end the ballgame, leaving him and the Tribe stunned.

Having dropped the first two in the Emerald City, Cleveland (52-48) slides to 3 1/2 games behind the first place Detroit Tigers in the American League Central Division.

The Indians also fall to 9-33 on the season when scoring three runs or less.

McAllister pitched well in his first game back, throwing 105 pitches and yielding four runs (three earned) on eight hits through five innings. Now the most impressive start, but the right-hander gave his team a chance to win despite his defense committing three errors in the ballgame.

Tribe starters have gone 1-2 with a 1.88 ERA so far in the second half, and have just one win to show for it with a team record of 1-4. Most of that is due to the team’s defensive woes, as the Indians have committed seven errors in the first five games of the road trip.

For the second time in the series and fifth straight game in the second half, Cleveland would get on the board first against 23-year old Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 8.71 ERA). Entering the ballgame surrendering seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in his season debut against the Boston Red Sox on July 11, Ramirez gave up just three runs in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday.

Second baseman Jason Kipnis doubled with two outs in the first and Asdrubal Cabrera singled him home with a base hit up the middle to put Cleveland up 1-0 early.

The Tribe defense or lack thereof helped Seattle tie things up in the home half of the first, thanks to two errors in the inning. A two out error by Kipnis put runners on first and second for Seger, who laced a double past Mark Reynolds to tie the game at 1-1.

Gomes put the Indians up two runs just a half inning later, belting a two out, two-run homer down the left field line. The two out long ball was the catcher’s seventh of the season.

Like it has been so far in the second half, no lead proved to be safe in this one.

A leadoff double by Raul Ibanez set up the third inning for designated hitter Kendrys Morales to tie the ballgame up at 2-2 with a RBI ground rule double to left field.

Seattle wasn’t done, adding two more in the inning with two outs first on a wild pitch from McAllister before catcherMike Zunino gave the Mariners their fourth run on an RBI single.

The team will look to salvage the final game of the series and dismal road trip Wednesday, as Scott Kazmir (5-4, 4.30 ERA) takes the hill against southpaw Joe Saunders (9-8, 4.28 ERA) at 3:40 p.m.

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User Comments

July 24, 2013 - 11:41 AM EDT
I think Rayburn is better than Swisher at this point and Stubbs as well, esp against lefties.
July 24, 2013 - 11:22 AM EDT
I would like to see this line up....

1) BOURN cf
3) KIPNIS 2b
5) GOMES c
7) AVILES dh

Swisher moves down in the line up... not up

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