So, I was the unlucky one – or the foolish one who didn’t check the Cavs’ playoff schedule before signing my name to Tuesday night’s contest against the Mariners. Add in the fact that I’ve been preoccupied with both pre- and post-draft coverage and it was quite difficult to sit down and watch the game without allowing my eye to wonder in other directions for too long.
And judging by the night’s attendance at The Jake – and let’s be honest, it’ll always be The Jake – I wasn’t the only one keeping at least one eye on the Cavaliers’ quest towards a championship. The corner of Carnegie and Ontario was laughably empty.
Finally, one more side note of sorts: I was completely unaware of whom Seattle was running out to the mound before I flipped on the game; when southpaw Roenis Elias trouted out it immediately conjured up memories of Jamie Moyer blanking the Tribe for what seemed like the better part of a decade.
Ace right-hander Corey Kluber got off to a bit of a rocky start, allowing an earned run in each of the first two frames. The first coming via a Robinson Cano two-bagger that plated Austin Jackson and the second the result of a double by Logan Morrison. But after laboring through those two innings he settled down the rest of way, though it was an atypical start for the reigning right-hander; he would fan just four and walk three.
Engimatic southpaw reliever Nick Hagadone lasted just three batters – a Dustin Ackley walk, a Kyle Seager double, and a Seth Smith single – before the underrated Zach McAllister came onto bridge Marc Rzepczynki’s one batter-appearance. McAllister, by the way, has been quite dominant since shifting to the pen this season, has posted a 32-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his previous 24 innings heading into the game.
Offensively, well, it was the Yan Gomes Show. He slugged a pair of homeruns, one over the mini-Green Monster to lead off the second, which was briefly questioned by the Seattle bench, and the second to lead off the ninth inning. Jason Kipnis, as Rick Manning mentioned, entered the game with a .407 average at home but managed to scratch out one hit in his five trips to the plate. Stout defensive third baseman Giovanny Urshela went 0-for-3 in his MLB debut.