Mama said there would be days like this.
The Indians’ eight-game winning streak ended with a loud thud as the Indians came into Miami and promptly took it on the chin by the tidy score of 10-0.
The star of the game was Jose Fernandez (8 INN/3 H/14 SO/1 BB), who made the Tribe offense look like hungover teeball players. The Marlins’ young star backed up his hype, completely to the point by the time the fifth inning rolled around, the Indians were more than happy to just get the game over with. It’s a nice thing to know that the Indians don’t face this 21 year-old again, presumably, for four years.
But you kind of had the feeling that it just wasn’t the Tribe’s night early on. Asdrubal Cabrera booted a rather routine double play ball that set the tone for the game. Ubaldo Jimenez’ (4 INN/9 H/5 R (2 ER)/4 SO/2 BB) struggles once again appeared on top of the shoddy defense.
Matt Albers would get an ERA raise, as he allowed five runs in the eighth inning.
It was a combination of facing a young phenom, sloppy defense, unfamiliarity with the yard and good, old-fashioned luck for the Marlins that made tonight just one of those nights. A night made worse by both Detroit and Baltimore winning, which dropped the Indians down to three games back in the AL Central and a half-game out of the second Wild Card berth.
The Tribe will attempt to even up the series tomorrow as Zach McAllister faces off against Jacob Turner.
W: Jose Fernandez (8-5); L: Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6)