SEATTLE – Oh, the first inning.
In his last three starts, Corey Kluber has allowed a homerun in the first inning. The first two Homer arrived in October in the games 2 and 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees. The third came on Thursday evening at the season opener against the Mariners.
Nelson Cruz hit Kluber with his first throw over the wall in midfield, securing Seattle a 2-1 win over the Indians at Safeco Field.
Gary Sanchez was called up against Kluber in Game 2 and Didi Gregorius got him in Game 5. OK, so the guy has a problem, but is it really that serious?
After Cruz's homer, Kluber threw like a Cy Young winner. He kept the Mariners goalless over the last seven innings for a complete six-game play. He took eight and went one.
Cruz came in with 0.273 (6-for-22) against Kluber. The Homer was his first against the Ace of the Indians.
Kluber started the game with two quick outs. Robinson Cano wanted to bring Cruz on the plate. Cruz hit 39 starters last season.
"I did not beat Cano very well," said Kluber. "I did not throw a very good playing field [Cruz] It's the first inning If you do not make a few pitches [locate] it will be enlarged."
"I do not think I had to reinvent anything after that point , It's just a question of going out and executing.
The Indians attempted to gather in ninth, Edwin Encarnacion was struck by a pitch from closer to Edwin Diaz, Rajai Davis Pinch ran and Diaz pushed Davis into second place, Diaz beating Lonnie Chisenhall with a pitch ̵
Diaz won the rescue by grazing Gomes and Tyler Naquin
"We won Rajai for that," Gomes said. He will do that very often. That was a good battle of ours. We just could not get through today, but it was nice to fight back like that.
Felix Hernandez (1-0) started for the Mariners, it was his 10 th Straight Opening Day start and he kept the Indians scoreless by 5 1/3 innings., He beat four, went two and allows two hits.
Hernandez is 7-2 on opening day and 8-6 in his career against the Indians 19659002] Kluber (0: 1, 2.25) has won 18 games in three of the last four years, but was Thursday night his fourth starting day and he is 0-3 in these games.
"He hung a breaking ball to Cano, first place. And he missed the fastball in the next place (Cruz), "said manager Terry Francona. And that's it. "
" I thought we played a really good defense. Frankie (Lindor) saved us in the middle. Kluber has settled and pitched, as you hope. I thought he was controlling himself. He worked mostly forwards. I thought he was really good.
After Mitch Haniger started the fifth with a double, Lindor made a dive stop against catcher Mike Marjama to save a run, but the ball bounced off him, but he grabbed him and managed to throw Marjama first
"There was a guy in second place and I just wanted to make sure I held the ball in front of me," Lindor said "It hit the top of the glove and I realized that I had a chance first because of the Catcher was running. Then I turned around and threw it first.
"These games help the pitching staff, Kluber did a great job, but I did not help him today … we just could not get through for him."
The Indians were in the seventh game 2-1, when Chisenhall doubled and hit with a brace from Gomes, who fell under three defenders (19659002) Naquin followed Gomes with a single left, but Nick Vincent pulled Bradley Zimmer back on a soft liner to finish first the inning.
"Two runs usually do not bring us," Gomes said, "but they really did when, and it's one of those things when you fight against Kluber, the best comes from all."
Hernandez made this spring just two launches after being hit in the right arm in February by innings and reruns did not seem to bother him against the stem as he allowed two hits through the first five innings.
But he was on a short leash and when he left Jason Kipnis in the sixth, Hernandez was ready for the night
What it means
Overall, the Indians are 60-58 on the opening day. They are 38-35 when opening the season on the road.
They are 2
Kluber threw 91 pitches, 66 (73 percent) for strikes, Hernandez threw 83 pitches, 49 (59 percent) for strikes.
First hits of the season
Jason Kipnis chose the third goal for the first goal of the Indians in 2018 to the right and two more. Encarnacion was honored in the fourth for the second goal of the Tribes.
Thank you for coming.
The Indians and Mariners hit a sold-out crowd of 37,149 on Thursday. It was the largest audience in the regular season of Safeco Field.
The Indians and Seattle set off on Friday to continue their series at 4:10 pm on Saturday afternoon. when RHP Carlos Carrasco faces LHP James Paxton at 16:10. SportsTime Ohio, WTAM / 1100 and WMMS 100.7 FM will lead the game.