Vizcaya gets shelled in 8-2 loss to Rangers
SURPRISE – If you take away the third, fourth and fifth innings, the Indians pitching staff threw great in Sunday’s game; however, three awful relief innings by AZL Indians relief pitcher Anthony Vizcaya spelled “doom” for the Tribe, as they got pummeled by the AZL Rangers 8-2.
Indians starter Sean Brady took the hill in this one, and performed admirably. After allowing the leadoff hitter to reach base via a single, he got the next batter to strike out looking. A wild pitch allowed the leadoff hitter, Luis Mendez to advance to second and get into scoring position. Brady then settled down and left the next two batters swinging at air, striking both of them out swinging.
Brady then made quick work of the Rangers in the bottom of the second, getting Jose Gonzalez to fly out to center and forcing shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa to ground into a double-play to end the inning. That is where the trouble started for the Tribe.
Indians skipper Anthony Medrano pulled Brady after two innings due to a strict pitch limit and brought in Anthony Vizcaya. The trouble started immediately, as Vizcaya allowed the first three batters to get on base. After getting Rangers centerfielder Todd McDonald to pop out to third, he walked in a run and allowed two more to score on aJairo Beras single. Things didn’t get much better as Vizcaya threw a wild pitch to the very next hitter that allowed another run to score.
Rangers batter Jose Gonzalez made Vizcaya pay by ripping a ball through the left side of the infield moving Beras to third and putting runners on the corners with only one out. Vizcaya got the next batter to ground out, but that got another run across the plate and pushed the score to 5-2. Indians catcher Francisco Mejia, thought for good measure, to tack on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. The madness was finally ended when Kiner-Falefa struck out to end the inning.
The bottom of the fourth inning started relatively smooth, as compared to the last inning. Vizcaya, surprisingly still in the game, found himself with a runner on first and two outs, one of which was a strikeout. Todd McDonald tripled to left field, which brought in Carabello, who singled earlier in the inning, then scored on a Travis Demeritte infield hit, who moved on to second as a result of the throw. Francisco Mejia continued his rough night behind the plate, allowing a passed ball during the next at-bat.
The bottom of the fifth started even better. Vizcaya got the first two batters out and it looked like it could be a 1-2-3 inning. Kiner-Falefa scored all the way from second on a Chuck Moorman rope to left field. That would be all the offense the Rangers would need in this entire game.
The Tribe bats didn’t do the pitching any favors. While they got a respectable seven hits, batters were not able to bring those runs in, going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Sunday night’s game was the fourth time this season where the Indians have left double-digit men on base. The seven and nine hitters, Victor Cabral andOrdomar Valdez were the lone bright spots for the tribe in this one. Both of them each had two hits and accounted for the only extra-base hit the Indians got in this game, which was Cabral’s ground-rule double in the top of the ninth.
The Indians will square off against the AZL Padres Tuesdsay night at Goodyear Ballpark. First pitch is at 7:00 PM MST.