Jack Hannahan and the Cleveland Indians are surging.
The Oakland Athletics are enjoying their longest winning streak
of the season.
Hannahan will try to continue his hot start at the plate and
help the Indians win for the sixth time in seven games Friday night
in the opener of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum.
Hannahan is hitting .313 with one homer and eight RBIs through
nine games. The third baseman had an average of .250 last season,
his highest since batting .278 in 41 games with Oakland in
He delivered the key hit Thursday, driving in two runs in the
ninth inning to rally Cleveland (6-5) to a 2-1 victory at Seattle.
The Indians were limited to five hits and were fanned 12 times over
the previous eight innings against Mariners ace Felix
“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,” manager Manny Acta said.
Hannahan’s success at the plate may continue against his former
club. He has a .308 average in 14 career meetings with the A’s,
going 6 for 15 with three homers and five RBIs in the last
Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland
looking to build on his first win.
Although the right-hander wasn’t as sharp as he was in his
season debut, he did enough to earn the win in a 13-7 victory at
Kansas City on Sunday. He allowed four runs and nine hits in five
innings, striking out five and walking three.
“Throwing 112 pitches in five innings is not good,” said
Jimenez, who has won three of his last four starts on the road
despite a 5.24 ERA.
He has faced Oakland once, yielding three runs with six
strikeouts in six innings of a game the Indians eventually won 4-3
Jimenez will be facing an A’s team that is batting a major
league-worst .200 and ranks last in the AL with 43 runs scored.
Still, Oakland has followed a three-game slide with a winning
streak of that length thanks in part to a .333 average with runners
in scoring position, a difference of .155 points from its season
average in that scenario.
The A’s made it three wins in four games against the slumping
Los Angeles Angels with a 4-2 victory Thursday.
“It builds a ton of confidence, especially after coming off a
rough trip to Seattle,” right fielder Josh Reddick said.
Graham Godfrey (0-2, 4.09) is scheduled to get his first start
against the Indians.
The right-hander has lost all four decisions with a 3.65 ERA in
five games – four starts – since getting the only win of his young
career against San Francisco on June 17. His drought continued
Sunday, as Godfrey gave up five runs – three earned – and six hits
in five innings of a 5-3 loss at Seattle.
He has a 1.59 ERA in three career appearances – two starts – at
home, but just a 1-1 record to show for it since he was backed by
only four total runs.