Giovanny Urshela had the unenviable position of being the call-up that no one wanted earlier this week. If he keeps having more days like he did today, the Lindor disappointment will fade quick.
Urshela got his first base hit as well as his first homer, helping Shaun Marcum’s (7 INN/2 H/5 SO) sparkling outing. The Tribe cruised against a laborious JA Happ (2.1 INN/6 H/4 ER/3 SO/2 BB), who eclipsed the 70-pitch mark in the third.
The floodgates opened wide once Tom Wilhelmsen stepped in. The bottom of the Indians lineup broke the game open where hitters 6 through 9 went hit a combined .500 and did most of the work. None bigger, however, than Urshula, whose homer to left in the fifth inning cut through the stiff wind and capped quite a storybook day for the young man.
The run support was plenty for crafty Shaun Marcum, who allowed one baserunner for the first four innings and carried a no-hitter into the fifth. Nothing was an issue today–aside from the usual amorphous nature of a CB Bucknor strikezone–as the Indians seemed to play this game while sitting in a rocking chair, free and easy. With their sparkplug Jason Kipnis getting a well-deserved rest in preparation for a huge weekend in Detroit.
Game one of this big Cleveland day went about as well as the Tribe could’ve hoped. Game two is five and a half hours away.
W: Shaun Marcum (3-1); L: JA Happ (3-2)