American League Game Summary - Cleveland at Seattle|
(Wednesday, August 22nd)
Final Score: Seattle 3, Cleveland 1
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Eric Thames' two-run double in the eighth
inning lifted the red-hot Seattle Mariners over the skidding Cleveland
Indians, 3-1, in the finale of a three-game series.
Thames, who struck out three times earlier in the game, stepped to the plate
with runners on first and second and two outs. He cleared the bases with a
double to right field, giving Seattle a 3-1 lead.
"It's all about the big hits in big situations and big pitches in big
situations and our pitchers are doing a great job getting ground balls when we
need them and our hitters are coming up clutch and that's why this team is on
a roll right now," Thames said.
Tom Wilhelmsen worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to pick up his 19th
save of the season.
Michael Saunders hit a solo homer in the first inning for the Mariners, who
have won eight in a row.
Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma gave up one run on six hits while fanning five
and walking three over 5 2/3 innings. Stephen Pryor (3-0) recorded the final
two outs in the eighth to pick up the win.
Casey Kotchman knocked in the lone run for the Indians, who have dropped eight
"This month was pretty tough for us," Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera said.
"We got to keep working hard, try to get better, and try to win. (There's) one
month left, so we got to do (our) best for the last month."
Zach McAllister allowed one run on three hits over six innings. Vinnie Pestano
(3-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in the eighth.
The Mariners had a 1-0 lead until the sixth inning, when the Indians tied the
game. Shin-Soo Choo walked and Carlos Santana hit a single to shallow left
field. Oliver Perez replaced Iwakuma with two outs. Kotchman followed with a
slow grounder down the third-base line that scored Choo. Ezequiel Carrera
walked to load the bases for Jack Hannahan, who struck out swinging to keep it
Kyle Seager got the decisive eighth frame started with a one-out double to
right field. Indians manager Manny Acta thought that Seager was out at second
on a bang-bang play. After Acta was ejected by second base umpire Ed Hickox,
John Jaso was intentionally walked. Jesus Montero struck out swinging before
Thames' go-ahead double.
The Mariners and Indians split eight games this season ... Seattle has four
sweeps since the All-Star break ... The Indians went 1-8 on a nine-game road
trip ... The Mariners went 8-1 on a nine-game homestand.
08/22 19:49:18 ET