American League Game Summary - Seattle at Cleveland|
(Wednesday, May 16th)
Final Score: Cleveland 9, Seattle 3
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Travis Hafner doubled, homered and knocked in
three to help the Cleveland Indians to a 9-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in
the first of a two game set at Progressive Field.
Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana also added RBI doubles for the Indians,
winners in three straight. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and scored two runs.
Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3) earned the win after giving up three runs on five hits
while striking out four over six frames.
Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and Michael Saunders had two
hits for the Mariners, who have dropped five of six on their current 10-game
Felix Hernandez (3-3) took the loss after being tagged for eight runs -- six
earned -- on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings.
"For the most part we laid off his off-speed stuff, which starts in the zone
and breaks down," Hafner said of Hernandez. "We were able to get good pitches
and put good swings on balls for base hits."
The Mariners jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first. Ackley singled to open the
frame, then moved to third when Saunders followed with a base hit of his own.
Ichiro Suzuki grounded out to short to score Ackley.
But the Indians answered back with four runs of their own in the home half.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Hernandez's cutter skipped past catcher
Jesus Montero, allowing a run to score. Hafner then grounded out to second,
knocking in Kipnis, who reached earlier on a single. Carlos Santana drew a
walk to put runners on the corners before stealing second.
Montero faked a throw to second to get Santana before throwing to third
attempting to catch Asbrudal Cabrera, who reached earlier after being hit by a
pitch. The throw sailed into left field, where Chone Figgins fielded the ball
and rifled it home. Montero was unable to block the short hop and the ball
skipped to the backstop allowing Cabrera and Santana to score.
Seattle made it a 4-3 game in the third when Ackley launched a Jimenez
changeup into the right field bleachers. Brendan Ryan drew a leadoff walk
before Ackley smacked his third homer of the season.
"He threw me a splitter that just kind of hung up and stayed in a little bit
and I was able to get the barrel to it," said Ackley. "Fortunately right field
isn't too far, so I was able to sneak it out over there."
Cleveland put together another big inning in the fourth, plating four to take
an 8-3 lead. Choo singled then scored when Kipnis laced a Hernandez offering
off the wall in left-center for a double. Hafner then doubled two hitters
later to plate Kipnis before scoring when Santana also roped a double into the
left-center gap. Michael Brantley knocked in Santana with a single.
Hafner's solo homer in the sixth gave the Tribe a commanding 9-3 advantage.
Cleveland improved to 9-4 against the American League West in 2012...Cabrera
recorded his team-leading 12th multi-hit game...Ackley extended his hitting
streak to 12 games...Kyle Seager has recorded a hit in all eight games he's
played in his career against Cleveland.
05/16 23:40:59 ET