The Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres locked in a pitcher’s dual in the first game of their traditional double header this afternoon. Zach McAllister gave up zero runs in 7 2/3 innings giving up 5 hits with zero walks and 7 strikeouts. Eric Stults pitched well for the Padres as well giving up 1 earned run in 5 2/3 innings. Stults gave up 5 hits as well walked 2 and struck out 1.
On offense the Indians were limited to those 5 hits but got the win with the bat of Jason Kipnis. Following an error that got Nick Swisher on base, Kipnis lifted a homerun to right center field for the only scoring of the game. The Indians 3rd thru 6th hitters accounted for all of the Indians hits in the opening game. The rest of the lineup combined to go 0 – 16 with 1 walk and 2 Ks.
The bullpen didn’t get much work, a huge plus with the second game coming shortly later, with Cody Allen getting the last out of the 8th with a strikeout and John Axford getting out of a walk and a hit for his 4th save on the young season. Trevor Bauer and Robbie Erlin were set to start the second game that starts a little after 3.
Can the Tribe sweep the series and the twinbill? Does McAllister’s start excite you? How about Bauer in the second game, scared or excited?