The Cleveland Indians are showing why they have the potential to
be a solid offensive club.
Hoping to continue their recent success at the plate, the
Indians try to match a season high with their fourth straight win
Thursday against the visiting Seattle Mariners.
Since scoring a run apiece in the last two of a three-game skid
at Boston, Cleveland (21-16) has totaled 19 and recorded 32 hits
while winning three in a row. Travis Hafner homered and drove in
three runs while Shin-Soo Choo added three of the Indians’ 14 hits
in a 9-3 rout of the Mariners on Wednesday.
This is Cleveland’s most productive offensive stretch since also
scoring 19 runs during a three-game winning streak May 2-4.
Choo, 6 for 13 in the last three games since moving to the
leadoff spot, has batted .429 (12 for 28) in his last seven games
against the Mariners at Progressive Field.
“He’s one of our key guys in our lineup,” manager Manny Acta
told the Indians’ official website. “In order for us to go
anywhere, he needs to produce. That’s how important he is to our
The Indians hope to continue to hit and give scheduled starter
Zach McAllister (1-1, 4.15 ERA) more support than in his last
Set to make his third start during his second stint with the
Indians in 2012, McAllister has allowed four runs in each of his
first two outings. The most recent came with eight strikeouts over
seven innings of a 4-1 loss at Boston on Saturday.
In his only previous appearance against the Mariners, McAllister
was roughed up for 10 runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-7
home loss Aug. 23.
The Mariners (16-23), however, have recorded four runs and 18
hits during a three-game skid. They’ve failed to score more than
three runs in each of their five defeats over the last six
Second baseman Dustin Ackley homered and had three of the six
hits Wednesday for Seattle, which has averaged 2.2 runs while
losing 11 of 12 on the road. The Mariners are 6 for 78 (.077) with
runners in scoring position during that stretch.
While Ackley has batted .333 with two home runs during a 12-game
hitting streak, teammate Brendan Ryan is in the midst of a 5-for-56
slump and 0 for 16 in his last five contests.
After ace Felix Hernandez was tagged for eight runs in 3 2-3
innings Wednesday, the Mariners hope Hector Noesi (2-4, 6.32) can
end his road struggles when he faces Cleveland for the first time
in the finale of the two-game set.
The right-hander allowed five runs and two homers in seven
innings of a 6-2 loss at New York on Saturday to fall to 0-3 with
an 8.27 ERA in four road starts. Despite Noesi’s problems away from
home, manager Eric Wedge continues to be pleased with his young
“This kid is going to be a heck of a pitcher, and it’s been good
to watch him learn each and every time he goes out there,” Wedge
told the Mariners’ official website.