April 16, 2014

Brett Myers acquisition isn’t sexy, but still helps bad Indians rotation

One of the central goals of the Indians’ offseason plans was to improve their dreadful starting rotation from 2012. While the team was expected to be a player for some of the second-tier free agents, the name Brett Myers was a surprise to fans when he inked a one-year, $7 million deal with Cleveland this week.

Myers, a 32-year-old who spent 2012 as a reliever with the Astros and White Sox, brings a reliable reputation as a solid innings-eater to Terry Francona’s club. He will easily be the most experienced pitcher on the team’s roster in 20131.

But this Myers deal is as potentially helpful as it is intriguing. First thing is first: The Indians starting rotation truly was awful last season. As I broke down previously, they ranked 13th in the AL and 28th in MLB with a 5.25 ERA. So practically anything would be an improvement. But what exactly brought Myers to Cleveland and what could we expect this coming season? [Read more...]

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Footnotes:

  1. He has 1,688.2 career innings pitched in 11 seasons. Justin Masterson is second with 1,093.0 IP in seven years. []

Trevor Bauer, and the Indians’ starting pitching outlook

Trevor Bauer is a game-changer. Yes, the new Cleveland wunderkind is only 21 (he turns 22 in January) and has just 4 (bad) games of MLB experience under his belt, but his sheer presence drastically changes the starting pitching algorithm for the Cleveland Indians going forward.

Obviously, there’s a certain amount of risk associated with Bauer. I’d be amiss if I didn’t address that. According to all the reports out there, he’s eccentric, stubborn, abnormally intelligent, a bad rapper, practically revolutionary and thus, seemingly was at odds with Arizona’s upper management, which is why the No. 3 overall pick in 2011 was on the trade block at all. He could not become the star many expect him to be. That’s possible, and you always have to address that fact when dealing with a very limited MLB sample size.

But, undoubtedly, the UCLA product has more upside and MLB-readiness by far than any other starter in the entire Indians system. He could immediately slot into the starting rotation from day one — but it’s not exactly certain if that will be the case. Either way, with the Indians owning his rights through 2018 (at least), and the fact he’s dominated AA/AAA batters, he’s the bright future of the Indians pitching outlook for many years to come. [Read more...]

Rangers 5 Indians 2: Is The Streak III Occurring?

Nobody said beating the Texas Rangers was going to be easy, especially when you have starting pitching that could go either way on any night and a lineup that looks more like a 4A convention than a Major League team. But hey, as GM Chris Antonetti told us two days ago, these guys still have a lot to play for. Especially the young kids who want to have jobs in 2013.

One of those kids is Jeanmar Gomez. It seems like decades ago that Jeanmar Gomez looked like the best Tribe pitcher in Spring Training, running away with the fifth starter job and on his way to a solid April. Then, like so many Indians this season, the wheels just fell right off the wagon. Gomez lost his roster spot to Zach McAllister, was sent to AAA, and hadn’t been heard from since. He received a late August call-up after Roberto Hernandez sprained his ankle and took his spot in the rotation. Last night was Gomez’s third September start and once again, it didn’t really impress anyone. [Read more...]

Indians Recall Jeanmar Gomez, Designate Shelley Duncan for Assigment

The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Columbus. To clear room on the 25-man roster for Gomez the Indians designated outfielder Shelley Duncan for assignment.

Gomez, 24, has split the season between Cleveland and Columbus after opening the season in the starting rotation for the Indians. He was with the parent club thru June 23rd, going 4-7 with 5.18 ERA in 14 games/13 starts (73.0IP, 75H, 42ER, 26BB, 35K, .265AVG) before being assigned to Columbus. With the Clippers he has gone 6-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 11 starts (69.1IP, 75H, 34ER, 17BB, 54K, .273AVG).

Duncan has spent the entire season to date with Cleveland, hitting .203 (47-232) with 10 doubles, 11 HR & 31 RBI in 81 games. He was a part of the revolving door in left field; his designation means one fewer right-handed bat in the Indians bereft line-up.

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Rotation Situation Is A Disaster

And I thought being swept back to back by the Twins and the Royals was rock bottom. I obviously thought wrong.

I seriously couldn’t decide where to go with this piece. The weekend in Detroit was an abject disaster. However, it was a mere add-on to a week that was a complete house of horrors from our Wahoos. Whatever could go wrong for this team, has gone wrong. The Tigers outplayed the Tribe in every single aspect of the game. They out-hit, out-pitched, out-ran, and out-defended the Indians. It was more of the same.

The Wahoos have lost nine in a row, going 0-fer during this nine game make or break road trip through three AL Central cities. It was the first time in the history of the franchise they have gone 0-9 on a road trip.

GM Chris Antonetti, who to me is dangerously close to losing his job with the way his moves last season (the Ubaldo trade) and this past winter (re-signing Grady Sizemore and then not properly backing that mistake up, not giving a third year to Josh Willingham, etc) have backfired, built this team with pitching and defense as its defining characteristic. Instead of flourishing and watching this staff grow, we are witnessing one of the worst rotations in the American League. How does a 36-49 record with an ERA of 5.15 sound to you? [Read more...]

Tribe 1, Jays 0: Masterson, Relievers Dominate to Begin Second Half with a W

It was a familiar setting. A type of opening day. Save situation. Against the Toronto Blue Jays. Chris Perez had been there before in 2012, and fortunately for Indians fans, this save opportunity ended in a Cleveland victory.

On Opening Day, Perez blew the save in allowing three ninth-inning runs to Toronto, eventually leading to a 7-4 loss in 16 innings. On Friday night, however, with the Indians returning from the All-Star Break three games back of the White Sox, he preserved a 1-0 lead for his 25th save out of 27 chances on the year.

Justin Masterson delivered seven spotless innings and Vinnie Pestano got out of the eighth to set the table for the All-Star Perez. All the star pitchers needed in terms of offense was a solo home run by Travis Hafner, who continues to hit the ball well since returning from injury.

[Read more...]

Indians Weekend Wrapup: The Left-Handed Starter Problems Continue

Things you can set your watch by: Death, taxes, Stuart Scott annoying people on ESPN, and the Indians failing to handle left-handed starters. It seems to be a rite of passage for anyone new that has joined the Wahoos in the last two years. You show up, and you struggle against lefties. After a weekend where the Houston Astros took two of three from the first place Cleveland Indians, the same questions linger – what will the Indians do to quell this problem? Why is it that they struggle so mightily against left-handers? Will this be the thing that does them in as they chase a divisional crown? [Read more...]

Indians Weekend Wrapup: The Little Offense That Couldn’t and Its Struggling Pitching Staff

Lets start with the positives. The Indians drew over 90,000 fans for the three-game weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sure, there were plenty of Bucco supporters who made the short trek from the Burgh, but we will take it. More good news – the Indians are in the AL Central division, where no matter how they play, they don’t seem to be losing any real ground. Take this weekend for example. The Tribe lost two of three from the offensively challenged Pirates, yet because the White Sox also lost two of three to the Dodgers in Los Angeles, they remain just a game and a half back.

I watched a weekend full of bad baseball from our Wahoos and it was very frustrating. The Tribe must win with pitching, defense, and timely hitting, and for the most part this weekend, we saw very little of that. Two of the three starts were poor. The defense was porous. The clutch hitting was almost non-existent.

But again, the Indians sit at 33-32, just a game and a half out of first place. They may not look like a contender right now, but they are right there. So let us dig right into the weekend that was in was in Wahooland. [Read more...]

Indians 9 Tigers 6: Homers, The Mafia, And Bad Tiger Defense

Every time I think I have a read on this team, they go out and surprise me.

I wrote on Sunday that I felt the Indians were about to head into a big time trouble area. But the one thing I’ve learned about a Manny Acta managed team, they seem to respond well to adversity. They are also getting healthier. The same cannot be said for the Detroit Tigers.

Last night the Indians welcomed Johnny Damon back from paternity leave and it would pay big dividends. Carlos Santana was behind the plate for the first time since his DL stint. They faced the power throwing right-hander Max Scherzer, a strike-out machine. It didn’t take long before Wahoos greeted him rudely.

Shin-Soo Choo led the game off with a single. After two fly ball outs, Carlos Santana hit another lazy fly ball to short right field. Brennan Boesch, who we have seen butcher several balls this season against the Indians, dropped the ball as he ran in to make the catch. This kept the inning alive for the hottest Indian of the all, Michael Brantley. The man they call Dr. Smooth took Scherzer’s first pitch deep into the right-field bullpen for a three-run homer. [Read more...]

Royals 6 Indians 3: Another Average Start Does Them In

Remember a week ago at this time we were all so high on our Cleveland Indians? They were completing a three-game sweep of their rival Detroit Tigers, the pitching was great. The hitting was just good enough. Outside of Jack Hannahan, the Indians were healthy. All seemed well in Wahooland.

Fast forward seven days and all of a sudden the Indians look like they could be in some trouble.

Carlos Santana is on the seven-day DL with a concussion. Travis Hafner is going to miss the next four to six weeks after needing a knee scope. Hannahan came back for one game and then was placed on the 15-day DL with a calf strain. Asdrubal Cabrera just returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing three games. If we know anything about this year’s Tribe, it is that they do not have the depth to sustain a glut of injuries. Without the likes of the aforementioned starters, Jose Lopez became the cleanup hitter, Casey Kotchman was moved up in the order, guys named Juan Diaz and Luke Carlin have been seen regularly. Even Aaron Cunningham got a start.

Yesterday’s 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals capped a really rough six-game stretch for the Tribe. The hope was that they could salvage the afternoon tilt to take the series and temporarily right the ship.  Yes, they had to face another lefty, veteran Bruce Chen, but they would have plenty of chances to get to him. [Read more...]

Surprising Starters Shine Throughout Cleveland, Columbus, Akron in 2012

Entering the 2012 season, the Cleveland Indians were not expected to have all that much starting pitching depth. After last year’s trade that brought Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland and sent out Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, the two-most highly rated hurlers in the system, the Tribe’s minor leagues took a big hit.

Of course, the system still was top-heavy, as there were eight players contending in spring training for a rotation spot (including Zach McAllister, David Huff and Kevin Slowey). The winners were Justin Masterson, Derek Lowe, Josh Tomlin, Gomez and Jimenez, but that meant several players for AAA Columbus already had plenty of MLB experience, and the lower levels on down didn’t have many top names at all. [Read more...]

Indians 5 Twins 4: Choo’s Clutch Hit Saves Acta’s Bacon

Now these are the games that make baseball so fun and so frustrating at the same time.

For the first seven innings, the Cleveland Indians looked well on their way to an easy win against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Starting Pitcher Jeanmar Gomez, coming off his first bad outing of the season, dominated the Twins to the tune of one unearned run on three hits. His sinker was working all night and Minnesota was never able to get anything going.

“Gomez did a very good job,” Acta said. “He went out there and threw strikes with good life on his fastball. He got a lot of ground balls — actually 11 groundouts. He did a good job, especially against the left-handed hitters that he saw tonight,” said Tribe manager Manny Acta.

Offensively, the Indians didn’t exactly break things open against former Indian Carl Pavano, but they did enough damage to be in control of the game. Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Jason Kipnis led off with a single and was moved to third on Asdrubal Cabrera’s ground-rule double. The Tribe seemed like they would be in business. Travis Hafner, still looking for a big hit with runners in scoring position, delivered an RBI groundout to second base to tie the game. Carlos Santana brought in the lead run with s sacrifice fly left. [Read more...]

White Sox 8 Indians 1: Just One Of Those Games

The old adage in baseball is momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher. The beauty of the game of baseball is the you can turn the page after a bad night. The season is a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t get too high or too low after one game.

Take last night for example.

The game between the Tribe and the Chicago White Sox was delayed by an hour thanks to a light rain storm. The umpires didnt want to start the game, get the pitchers all warmed up, and then have a delay. They would have been better off just calling the game for the Indians sake.

The White Sox abused Jeanmar Gomez during a six-run fourth inning which for all intents and purposes ended the game. Chicago would go on to take the final game of the series 8-1.

They got two in the first inning for the second straight night, this time thanks to an Adam Dunn homer. Interestingly in the last three games of the series, Dunn crushed a pitch in the first inning deep into the Cleveland skies. On Monday night, Michael Brantley reached up and stole a homer at the fence. An evening later, Brantley tracked the Dunn fly ball, but mis-timed his jump and watched as the ball bounced off of his glove for a double. Last night there was no catching that Dunn shot. [Read more...]

Tribe Weekend Wrapup: ActaBall Reigns Supreme

Can you climb on board the bandwagon now? There is plenty of room to join us. Still time too! After a weekend in which your first place Cleveland Indians took two of three from the best team in baseball, the Texas Rangers (and really, they were a sac fly away from a sweep), how can you not be impressed by what you are seeing? How could you not want to come out and support this team?

They spent the weekend pitching their behinds off and showing that power stroke that had been missing but seemed to re-appear this week. Manny Acta’s club is starting to come together. I know, we saw this last summer with the 30-15 start, but doesn’t this feel much better than the Eric Wedge Aprils and Mays? I will take this all day, even with an offense that still leaves a lot to be desired.

We saw great starts, a budding star player continue to crush opposing pitching, a big time hit in a home debut, and disappointing attendance figures. All of it added up to a successful weekend at Progressive Field. Let us take a look back as we do every Monday morning at this time. [Read more...]

Tribe Weekend Wrapup: Progressive Field Magic, Starting Pitching, and The Sun

It was another odd weekend of baseball down at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. In case you hadn’t heard (and judging by the attendance, you haven’t – ha ha) the Indians offense has just a tad bit of trouble scoring these days. This weekend was no exception. It certainly didn’t help matters when the Los Angeles Angels sent Jeff Weaver, Dan Haren, and Ervin Santana out to the mound.

It is no secret how the Indians win games; good pitching and timely hitting. Well, the first part of that equation showed up and the Indians used a little help from the elements in taking two of three from the reeling Angels. This was a good time to catch them. They have a loaded rotation and a great lineup, but they happen to be struggling mightily. When they return again in July, I can guarantee they will be a much improved club.

So how exactly did the Indians take this series? What all went right? What are we going to do about this stagnant offense? As we do every Monday morning during the season, let us take a look back at the weekend that was in Wahooland. [Read more...]

Indians’ Derek Lowe Surprises with Hot April Start

Entering today’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, the Cleveland Indians remain in first place in the AL Central with a 10-9 record. That’s quite an odd feat alone, but then one must discern which individual has been the most impressive thus far for the Tribe. After looking around a little bit, I’ve got a top four candidate, and it’s someone no one expected to be in this position.

Derek Lowe, a 38-year-old starter, made his way to Cleveland in a small late October 2011 trade with the Atlanta Braves. After notably collapsing down the stretch last year while the Braves faltered to miss the playoffs, Lowe was pretty much given away to Cleveland. Atlanta ate up $10 million of his $15 million salary, and hardly got anything in return (just Single-A LHP Chris Jones). [Read more...]

Box Score: Indians 1, Angels 2

Torii Hunter hit his second homer in as many games against the Indians (10-9), as the Los Angeles Angels held on to win 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. The victory ended a five-game losing streak for the Angels (7-14).

The game was delayed for over two hours to start the afternoon, with first pitch moved back to around 3:30 p.m. From there, LA took an early lead on a Kendry Morales RBI single. Hunter then provided for an early 2-0 advantage with his solo blast in the fourth. The Indians netted their lone run in the fourth predictably on an RBI single from Jack Hannahan. That’d be all the scoring for the night, as this has truly been an pitcher-dominated series so far.

Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez settled down after the early runs, earning a quality start with a career-high seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The Tribe hardly managed to do much at all against Angels starter Dan Haren, who dominated for eight innings before Scott Downs came in for his first save.

LA Angels
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
M. Trout lf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000
H. Kendrick 2b 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .263
A. Pujols 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .226
K. Morales dh 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .267
T. Hunter rf 4 1 1 1 1 0 3 0 2 .299
M. Trumbo 3b 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 .326
    A. Callaspo 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .182
E. Aybar ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218
B. Wilson c 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .200
P. Bourjos cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .167
 Totals 33 2 5 2 1 2 10 0 9
 Batting
HR - T Hunter (2, 4th inning off J Gomez 0 on, 0 Out).
RBI - K Morales (6), T Hunter (9).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - K Morales 1, M Trumbo 1, B Wilson 1, P Bourjos 1.
Team LOB - 6.
 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
M. Brantley cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233
J. Kipnis 2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .257
A. Cabrera ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .305
T. Hafner dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .298
C. Santana c 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 .230
J. Hannahan 3b 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .300
S. Duncan lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .241
C. Kotchman 1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .143
A. Cunningham rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .235
 Totals 31 1 4 1 0 2 8 0 10
 Batting
2B - M Brantley (6, D Haren).
RBI - J Hannahan (14).
2-out RBI - J Hannahan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - T Hafner 1, S Duncan 2, A Cunningham 1.
Team LOB - 5.
 Fielding
E - J Kipnis (2, field).
PB - C Santana.

 

 LA Angels
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
D. Haren (W, 1-1) 8.0 4 1 1 2 7 0 1.24 3.34
S. Downs (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.88 0.00
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Gomez (L, 1-1) 6.0 5 2 2 2 7 1 0.78 2.35
J. Smith 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.06 1.74
N. Hagadone 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.69 2.08

Huff Activated, Sent To Columbus

The Indians announced today that left-handed starting pitcher David Huff was activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Huff, 27, went on the DL with a strained right hamstring that occurred on March 29th in Spring Training. Huff was in competition with Jeanmar Gomez and Kevin Slowey for the fifth starter spot prior to the injury, and could have potentially earned a spot in the bullpen as well. In 11 games (10 starts) last season, Huff was 2-6 with a 4.09 ERA, allowing 17 walks, 55 hits, and striking out 36 in 50 2/3 innings. He joins a Columbus rotation that already includes Slowey, Scott Barnes, Zach McAllister, Corey Kluber and Chris Seddon. The Tribe now has two players on the DL in centerfielder Grady Sizemore and starter Carlos Carrasco, both on the 60-day DL.

Kipnis With Four Hits, Tribe Keeps On Rollin’

When a team is locked in offensively, even when they go quiet for a few innings, you have an overwhelming feeling that they’re just waiting for an opening to burst things wide open. The Indians had 10 hits in the first seven innings of this one with only two runs to show for it. But, in the turning point that was the eighth inning, Jason Kipnis had the biggest hit of the game with a two-run triple that rightfielder Josh Reddick misjudged that stretched the lead to three. The Tribe took the second game of the series 5-1, and they’re looking at going for a whopping 8-1 road trip this afternoon. This team has grown an awful lot on this road trip through Kansas City, Seattle, and now Oakland.

The Indians tacked on a first inning run after singles by Kipnis and Choo, a walk by Santana, and an RBI groundout by Travis Hafner. They added another in the sixth with Jason Donald coming home to score following a single, stolen base, and a RBI single from Jason Kipnis. Cleveland stranded 11 runners on base for the second straight night, but they finally broke through in the eighth inning. That’s when after two-out singles from Donald and Brantley that Kipnis delivered with his fourth hit of the night, a two-run triple that right fielder Josh Reddick misjudged at the wall. A wild pitch from Brian Fuentes let in the third run in the inning, and the Tribe took the 5-1 lead. Seven different Indians had hits in this one, with Hafner, Choo, Hannahan, and Donald collecting two each. Early in the season, when the Tribe was going right last year, their bread and butter was scoring with two outs. That seems to be happening again.  [Read more...]

Box Score: Indians 5, Athletics 1

The Tribe offense was getting plenty of hits, but for the second straight night, they specialized in leaving guys on base. That is, until the eighth inning. The Indians broke this game open in the top of the eighth with a two-run triple by Jason Kipnis and a wild pitch which allowed him to score. Kipnis had four hits and drove in three runs. Four other Indians (Hafner, Donald, Choo, Hannahan) had two hits apiece, and Jeanmar Gomez was brilliant in 5 1/3 innings as the Tribe moved to 7-1 on the road trip with the 5-1 victory over Oakland. The Tribe goes for the sweep tomorrow afternoon and a 8-1 trip with Justin Masterson facing Tyson Ross.

Scoring Summary
Top 1st: Cleveland
- T. Hafner grounded out to pitcher, J. Kipnis scored, S. Choo to third, C. Santana to second
Top 6th: Cleveland
- J. Kipnis singled to shallow center, J. Donald scored
Bot 6th: Oakland
- Y. Cespedes hit sacrifice fly to deep center, C. Pennington scored
Top 8th: Cleveland
- J. Kipnis tripled to deep right center, J. Donald and M. Brantley scored
- J. Kipnis scored on wild pitch
 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
M. Brantley cf 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .212
J. Kipnis 2b 5 2 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 .226
S. Choo rf 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250
C. Santana c 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 .239
T. Hafner dh 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 .350
S. Duncan lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 .268
    A. Cunningham lf 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .214
C. Kotchman 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 .157
J. Hannahan 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .342
J. Donald ss 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .241
 Totals 39 5 14 4 0 4 5 2 18
 Batting
2B - S Choo (4, B Fuentes); J Hannahan (3, B McCarthy).
3B - J Kipnis (2, B Fuentes).
RBI - J Kipnis 3 (11), T Hafner (7).
2-out RBI - J Kipnis 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - M Brantley 1, J Kipnis 1, C Santana 1, S Duncan 2, C Kotchman 2.
GIDP - C Kotchman.
Team LOB - 11.
 Base Running
SB - S Choo (3, 2nd base off B McCarthy/K Suzuki), J Donald (2, 2nd base off B McCarthy/K Suzuki).
CS - J Kipnis (1, 2nd base by B McCarthy/K Suzuki).
 Oakland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Weeks 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 .209
C. Pennington ss 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .207
J. Reddick rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Y. Cespedes cf 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 .255
S. Smith dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .195
J. Gomes lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .259
D. Barton 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .176
K. Suzuki c 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .192
E. Sogard 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .148
    K. Ka’aihue ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333
 Totals 34 1 8 1 0 1 6 3 15
 Batting
2B - C Pennington (4, J Gomez); D Barton (2, J Asencio).
SF - Y Cespedes.
RBI - Y Cespedes (15).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Weeks 1, S Smith 2, K Ka’aihue 2.
Team LOB - 8.
 Base Running
SB - J Weeks 2 (3, 2nd base off J Gomez/C Santana, 3rd base off J Gomez/C Santana), Y Cespedes (3, 2nd base off J Gomez/C Santana).
 Fielding
DP - 1 (D Barton-C Pennington).
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
J. Gomez (W, 1-0) 5.1 4 1 1 1 3 0 0.54 1.93
D. Wheeler 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.60 5.40
T. Sipp 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.14 11.57
V. Pestano 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.78 2.35
J. Asencio 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.45 4.35
C. Perez (S, 6) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.43 3.86
 Oakland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
B. McCarthy (L, 0-3) 7.0 10 2 2 3 4 0 1.47 3.38
B. Fuentes 1.0 4 3 3 0 1 0 1.35 5.40
P. Figueroa 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.00 0.00
WP - B Fuentes.
IBB - T Hafner (by B McCarthy).
Pitches-strikes - J Gomez 88-53; D Wheeler 19-11; T Sipp 11-7; V Pestano 11-10; J Asencio 17-16; C Perez 3-1; B McCarthy 113-65; B Fuentes 23-14; P Figueroa 11-7.
Ground balls-fly balls - J Gomez 8-5; D Wheeler 0-2; T Sipp 1-1; V Pestano 1-2; J Asencio 2-1; C Perez 0-1; B McCarthy 9-9; B Fuentes 1-3; P Figueroa 2-0.
Batters faced - J Gomez 21; D Wheeler 3; T Sipp 3; V Pestano 4; J Asencio 4; C Perez 1; B McCarthy 33; B Fuentes 7; P Figueroa 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Alan Porter. 1B–Ron Kulpa. 2B–Jim Wolf. 3B–Derryl Cousins.
Weather: 75 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, out to right.