BY SPNW Staff 06:57PM 04/19/2016

Game recap: Indians 3, Mariners 2

Takeaway

Seattle starter Wade Miley worked his way out of jams via double plays in the second and third innings, but imploded in the fourth, walking in two runs with the bases loaded, to grease a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night at Progressive Field. The Mariners (5-8) have lost two in a row after starting the nine-game road trip with a pair of wins in New York (box).

Third baseman Kyle Seager belted a slider over the fence off Carlos Carrasco in the sixth inning (second homer of the season) and the Mariners manufactured a run in the ninth, but were done in by going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in a one-run game.

Essential Moment

Miley, who entered the game with an 8.25 ERA over two starts, opened the fourth by striking out Yan Gomes, but quickly fell apart. He allowed a single to Marlon Byrd, then walked Juan Uribe, Collin Cowgill and Rajai Davis, scoring Byrd. After striking out Jason Kipnis, Miley walked Francisco Lindor, plating Uribe. That hiked Cleveland’s lead to 3-0, its first run coming on an RBI double by 1B Mike Napoli in the third.

Hitters

The Mariners are 18-for-94 (.191) with runners in scoring position, worst in the majors . . . Robinson Cano doubled in the eighth inning, extending to 16 the consecutive road games that he has a hit. The streak dates to Sept. 18, 2015. Cano remains seven RBIs shy of 1,000 for his major league career . . . Seager broke out of an 0-for-17 side by going 2-for-4, his first multi-hit game of the season. His homer was the fourth of his career in Cleveland. Seager was the only Mariner with more than one hit (Seattle had six). The two hits lifted his average to .152 . . . Lindor went 3-for-3 for Cleveland, added a walk, and drove in a run.

Pitchers

Entering Tuesday, Miley had not walked a batter through his first 12 innings with the Mariners. He was the only MLB starter without a walk before walking four. Miley was lifted after 3.2 innings in favor of Mike Montgomery after allowing three earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. He threw 81 pitches, 50 for strikes . . . Montgomery allowed one hit in 2.2 innings with one strikeout and one walk . . . Tony Zych worked 1.2 innings and did not allow a hit . . . Carrasco improved to 2-0, 2.79 for Cleveland after allowing four hits in 6.1 innings.

Words

“He just fell out of whack mechanically and just couldn’t get through it. I think he’s frustrated as much as anybody. It’s still early and he has a track record, and we like having him out there.” — Mariners manager Scott Servais on Miley.

Noteworthy

The Mariners, 4-2 on the road and 1-5 at home, are 3-2 following a five-game losing streak . . . The game drew a crowd of 9,993 at Progressive Field on a cold, windy weekday.

Next

The second in the three-game series is 3:10 p.m., PT Wednesday. RHP Taijuan Walker (0-0, 2.25) will throw for Seattle opposite RHP Danny Salazar (2-0, 0.79). Walker has a 2-0 record with a 0.64 ERA in two career outings against Cleveland.


YourThoughts

  • Sam Base

    It started like a long cold night in Cleveland and it ended like a long cold night in Cleveland.

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    • Kevin Lynch

      No worries, mate! The pitcher they face tonight apparently has an .079 ERA. That should heat things up! Or not!! You gotta love that .191 team batting average with runners in scoring position. The faces have changed but the results…not yet.

  • Bayview Herb

    When a starting pitcher falters it would be newsworthy to let us know how our prospects in Tacoma are doing. Having said that, I have a major league gripe.

    Home umpires don’t know where the strike zone is. They are ranging from very poor to mediocre. What’s worse is they are inconsistent. A ball called outside is called a strike the next. The use of the tracer gives the whole world a view of umps that need seeing eye dogs. Perhaps it is time to re-examine electronic ball and strike use.