13 May, 2017
3B Jose Ramirez's two-run double drove in two of the Indians' four first-inning runs on Saturday.
It was the first time a Terry Francona-led Indians team even finished over.500 in the opening month of the season.
He threw 22 pitches in the first inning and 24 more in a 1-2-3, yet laborious, second before Salazar worked into the seventh. "It was an unfortunate way to end the road trip".
Well, if you've been keeping track, I just predicted the Mariners to sweep the Indians. Mariners DH Nelson Cruz had reached base in 18 consecutive games, hitting.406 (26-for-64), with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in that span. LHP James Paxton, who will start Tuesday against the Angels as the Mariners begin a six-game homestand, was 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA in five starts in April. The Indians collected 15 hits overall in support of starter Josh Tomlin (2-3), who gave up four runs in five innings but got the win.
Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz watches his two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar in the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Cleveland.
Three pitchers combined to strike out 14 against the defending AL champions.
The Indians tacked on three more runs in the seventh, with an Almonte RBI single and a Perez two-run double. Jose Ramirez spanked a 1-0 change to right that plated two. Ramirez completed a crafty slide to avoid the tag from catcher Carlos Ruiz. "Whenever we can put up runs for them, it's huge". Gamel added a solo shot in the sixth, a towering drive to right.
Roberto Perez, the next batter, scorched a sharp chopper that swallowed Seattle shortstop Jean Segura whole.
"He'll be fine. I think we'll look up at some point and say, 'Whoa, he did that in a hurry.' And when he does, he will take our team to another level". "We're not sitting at the plate saying, 'We're going to pull this ball because the wind is blowing out.' I can't hit like that, I don't about the other guys, but I can't hit like that".
After left fielder Michael Brantley flew out to left field, designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion drew the Indians' third walk of the inning to load the bases.
But reliever Nick Goody struck out Taylor Motter, then got Carlos Ruiz to line into an inning-ending double play.
"Thank God it went right into his glove", Goody said. "Once it was in his glove, it was cool". On Saturday, Seattle placed right-hander Evan Scribner on the disabled list with a strained flexor, bringing the number of Mariners now on the disabled list to seven. He was announced as a pinch hitter Saturday, then was replaced by another pinch hitter after left-hander Andrew Miller entered.
"Especially (because) they started being real aggressive attacking the first pitch", Salazar said.
Mariners: RHP Steve Chisek (left hip) is dealing with mechanical issues on his minor league rehab, but is having no physical problems coming off surgery for a torn labrum. His ERA sits a tad lower than the M's starter at 4.37.
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer opens a four-game series in Detroit on Monday.
In five starts this season, Salazar has allowed eight earned runs.