Entering last night’s game against division rival Kansas City, the Indians playoff odds had “ballooned” to more than 35% according to ESPN. And with just 19 games remaining right-hander Zach McAllister turned in his third straight clunker, allowing four earned runs in five-plus innings of work. McAllister has now coughed up 13 earned runs in his last 13.1 innings.
The 25-year-old hurler cruised through the first five innings, allowing just a solo bomb to shortstop Alcides Escobar that knotted the score at one. The wheels fell of the proverbial cart in the sixth inning, however, when McAllister issued a leadoff walk to Eric Hosmer, who would move to third on a Billy Butler double and both would later score on third baseman Mike Moustakas’ double to right.
A Sal Perez single would plate Moustakas, forcing manager Terry Francona to pull his starting pitcher.
Kansas City would tack on one in the seventh inning, leaving the score 5 – 1.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Yan Gomes, who was seven for his last 13 prior to the game, led off with a single against hard-throwing reliever Kelvin Herrera. Herrera, with his upper 90s heat, struck out newly acquired Jason Kubel before giving up another single to Lonnie Chisenhall. Rookie Jose Ramirez would pinch run for Chisenhall.
With runners on the corners, Michael Bourn smoked a hard Herrera fastball past a diving Alex Gordon in left field allowing both runners to score. Kansas City would get one of the runs back in the eighth below retiring the final six Tribe hitters.
The team’s playoff odds are now at 32% according to ESPN.
Cleveland looks to take the third game in the series this afternoon (Scott Kazmir vs. James Shields). Game time is 12:05.