Indians 2, Mariners 1
Jack Hannahan was 7 for 15 against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez
going into Thursday night’s game.
Hannahan added a base hit in three at-bats against the 2010 AL
Cy Young Award winner, but it was his fourth trip to the plate that
made the difference.
Hannahan’s two-run single in the ninth inning off closer Brandon
League rallied the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 victory over the
Mariners that cost Hernandez a win after his dominant outing.
”When you dodge a guy like Hernandez and you’re able to win the
ballgame, whether you beat him or not, you feel like you did
something right,” Cleveland manager Manny Acta said.
Hernandez struck out 12 and walked one. He allowed five hits,
three in the eighth inning, but ended up with a no-decision.
Indians starter Josh Tomlin just about matched Hernandez. Tomlin
tossed eight innings, yielding one run and five hits. He struck out
seven, walked none and threw just 96 pitches.
”It was a great a game, both sides,” Hernandez said. ”The
other guy threw a pretty good game, too. It just gets
Acta said before the game that the key against renowned pitchers
like Hernandez is not the hitters, but the starting pitcher keeping
Tomlin (1-1) did just that with a cutter and effective changeup
that left Seattle hitters leaning all night.
”Obviously, everybody knows that Felix is a stud, and he showed
that tonight again,” Acta said. ”But you know, I couldn’t be
prouder than I am of my little cowboy. He went toe-to-toe with
Felix for eight innings and that’s what we ask these guys when we
face guys like Felix.
”Keep us in the game and keep us close up until somebody makes
Carlos Santana walked and Travis Hafner singled to open the
ninth against League. Casey Kotchman’s sacrifice bunt advanced both
League (0-1) walked Shelley Duncan, loading the bases, before
Hannahan’s first-pitch single scored Santana and pinch-runner Aaron
Cunningham to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.
”It’s not the type of guy you want to go deep in the counts
with, with that split-finger fastball and he’s throwing 97 (mph),”
It was League’s first blown save since Aug. 23, also against
Hannahan figured his grounder to the left side was inches from
becoming a double play.
”I got my groundball, but obviously it didn’t go my way,”
Lucas Luetge replaced League with two outs and intentionally
walked Michael Brantley to load the bases again before getting
Jason Kipnis on a groundout.
Chris Perez got three outs for his fourth save.
The Indians tried to mount a rally in the eighth, too, but
couldn’t break through. They loaded the bases on three consecutive
singles by Hannahan, Jason Donald and Brantley. Donald’s hit was a
possible double-play ball that glanced off Hernandez’s leg.
Brantley’s grounder went off the tip of Dustin Ackley’s glove at
second and was kept in the infield.
Hernandez was in trouble for the first time. Seattle manager
Eric Wedge went to the mound and chatted with the right-hander,
choosing to leave him in despite having Luetge ready in the
Hernandez responded by striking out Kipnis and Shin-Soo Choo.
Hernandez hopped off the mound, yelled, and slapped his glove after
his 126th pitch.
Seattle gave Hernandez a slim lead in the fifth. Michael
Saunders doubled and went to third on Miguel Olivo’s sacrifice.
John Jaso hit a hard grounder at second baseman Kipnis, who was
pulled in with the rest of the Cleveland infield, and he threw high
to home plate. Saunders was safe and Jaso moved to second on the
Santana picked up the first hit for the Indians with two outs in
the fourth when he hit a 2-1 pitch to left-center for a double.
Hernandez already had six strikeouts at that point, and only one
prior batter hit the ball out of the infield.
Olivo grounded into a double play with one out and runners on
first and third in the second. Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager
doubled and Saunders singled, but Olivo’s problems at the plate
continued. He’s hitting just .143.
Hernandez also allowed Hafner’s double in the seventh. He went
to a 2-1 count on Kotchman before coming back to get an
NOTES: Mariners OF Mike Carp was set to play the outfield for
Triple-A Tacoma as he works his way back from a sprained shoulder.
… Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will fly back to Cleveland
on Sunday. Cabrera was placed on the bereavement list, retroactive
to Monday, following the death of his grandfather. Relief pitcher
Nick Hagadone is likely to be sent down when Cabrera returns,
according to Acta. … Six players who spent time in the Mariners
organization – Derek Lowe, Cabrera, Choo, Hannahan, Kotchman and
Jose Lopez – are currently on Cleveland’s roster.