Giovanny Urshela and Austin Jackson had 2 of the Indians’ 3 total hits on Friday night. Urshela’s solo homer accounted for their lone run of the night.
April 21, 2016, Cody Allen took the mound for the 10th inning at Progressive Field, his second inning of work in a 7-7 game against the Seattle Mariners. He walked two people, and then Robinson Cano took him deep for a 3-run home run to give the Mariners a 10-7 lead (and eventual victory). On Friday night in Seattle, Allen once again took the mound in a tie game against the Mariners and once again was scheduled to face Robinson Cano. While Allen kept Cano’s hit in the park this time, he was still on base with a lead-off single. When Nelson Cruz came to the plate, he took a 2-1 fastball over the outfield wall for a walk-off home run, which gave the Mariners a 3-1 victory.
With the Indians’ bats slumbering for much of the game, it left little margin for error. (And there were some errors). In the bottom of the seventh the Indians held a slim 1-0 lead when Kyle Seager hit a lead-off double off the glove of Carlos Santana. The next batter, Yonder Alonso, singled to right field off Trevor Bauer. Mariners third base coach Manny Acta (oh, the memories!) initially planned to hold Seager at third base. But when Jay Bruce bobbled the ball in right field, he sent him home to score the tying run. While Bauer did quickly end the inning rather quickly with a fly out and a double play, the fly-out probably allows Seager to score from third on a sacrifice anyway. Even if the Indians keep the Mariners off the board in the seventh, you’re just asking for trouble when you only score one run.
The Indians lone run came off the bat of a Giovanny Urshela homer. The beginning of the game looked somewhat positive for the Tribe – Austin Jackson doubled in the first inning, Jason Kipnis singled in the second, and then Urshela homered in the third. Mariners pitcher Erasmo Ramirez then retired the next 18 Tribe batters in a row; he allowed just those 3 hits across 8 innings, walking none and striking out 10. Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless 9th to keep the Indians off the board until Cruz’s heroics in the bottom of the inning.
Bauer pitched a great game as well, allowing 1 ER on 5 hits, walking 3 and striking out 6 over the course of 7 innings – but unfortunately he couldn’t get hits for the Indians’ offense.
Over the past month, the Indians have only lost two games – one by a lone run, and tonight by just 2 runs. It wasn’t a great start to the series, and allowing a walk-off home run is always frustrating. But this was by no means a bad game, and was still just a narrow miss by the Tribe.