Looking to put an ugly series behind them, the Cleveland Indians
open a road trip in a place where they have enjoyed plenty of
The Indians hope to end their four-game overall losing streak
and notch a sixth straight victory at Safeco Field on Thursday
night in the opener of a four-game set with the Seattle
Both teams have been well out of contention for quite some time,
with the Indians (53-80) using the remainder of the season to get
experience for younger players. Those players got quite a lesson
earlier this week as Cleveland got swept by the Chicago White Sox
in a three-game set in which the Indians were tied or ahead in the
eighth inning of every contest.
“It was a tough series,” manager Manny Acta said after
Thursday’s 6-4 loss. “I hope we can learn from it.”
The Indians start this seven-game road trip in Seattle, where
they have won five straight games and 18 of their last 25. However,
the only Cleveland regulars still with the team that played in last
season’s trip to Safeco Field are Asdrubal Cabrera, Travis Hafner
and Shin-Soo Choo.
Hafner is hitless in six at-bats since he went 8 for 12 with
five doubles in a three-game stretch. The veteran slugger is
batting .377 since the All-Star break.
“He’s been swinging the bat really good the whole second half,”
Acta told the Indians’ official website. “He’s fresher now after
resting his shoulder and he’s driving the ball with more authority.
Right now, he’s giving us that big bat in the middle of our
Seattle (52-81) has scored a major league-low 431 runs, and has
totaled 13 while losing four of the first six games of its 10-game
Doug Fister (4-10, 3.73) will get the ball for Seattle for the
series opener. The right-hander pitched very well Saturday, giving
up one run in seven innings, but got charged with a 1-0 loss to
“Everything felt pretty good,” Fister told the Mariners’
This is Fister’s second start against Cleveland. He yielded
three runs over 6 1-3 innings of a 4-3, 11-inning loss on the road
Aug. 22, 2009.
Indians rookie Josh Tomlin (2-3, 4.08) allowed three runs over
five innings Friday to earn a 15-4 win over Kansas City. The
right-hander, who had gone 0-3 with a 5.50 ERA over his previous
three outings, beat the Royals despite issuing a season-high four
Tomlin is 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in three road starts. He has never
faced the Mariners.