Well, it happened again.
Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber pitched a solid game at Camden Yards on Friday night, giving up three runs, all earned, over seven innings. Kluber struck out ten Orioles while walking only one.
But the Indians offense, despite banging out ten hits, only scored three runs, and those came from solo homers from Brandon Moss, Ryan Raburn, and Carlos Santana. Santana’s shot in the top of the eighth tied the score at 3-3 and left Kluber off the hook.
Marc Rzepczynski came out to pitch in the bottom of the eighth. His first pitch yielded a double to Jimmy Paredes. On his second pitch, Rzepczynski gave up a single to Chris Davis, easily scoring Paredes. Chris Parmelee got a single off Rzepczynski’s third pitch. He never got a chance to throw a fourth, as Tribe manager Terry Francona removed Rzepczynski in favor of Bryan Shaw, who put out the fire.
But of course the damage had already been done. The Indians led off the ninth with a single from Mike Aviles, but that’s all they were able to do, and the Orioles won the game, 4-3.
The eighth-inning Orioles run off Rzepczynski was the first earned run he’s given up since mid-May. It just seems typical of the Indians’ luck lately that he would have an off-night on a Kluber night, during a game which the Indians had a very good chance of winning, despite their lack of run support. I suppose that’s the way baseball go. Especially for the Cleveland Indians.