After losing its first road game Wednesday, the visiting Indians look to bounce back in the rubber game of their three-game series against Seattle. Cleveland Indians had scored at least five runs in a single inning in four straight games before running up against Jason Vargas, who limited the Indians to one run on four hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings on Wednesday.
Seattle Mariners received first-inning home runs from Chone Figgins and Ichiro Suzuki in Wednesday’s win, and the Mariners worked Indians starter Derek Lowe for 113 pitches and six walks through 4 1/3 innings. Cleveland is 4-1 on its nine-game, 10-day road trip after opening with a three-game sweep of Kansas City. The Indians’ Jeanmar Gomez, who was suspended for throwing at Royals’ third baseman Mike Moustakas last Saturday, will begin his five-game suspension after making his regularly scheduled start this Saturday.
Indians Mariners Betting
When: 10:10 PM ET, Thursday, April 19, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, STO (Cleveland), ROOT (Seattle)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Josh Tomlin (0-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (1-1, 3.80 ERA)
Tomlin is rejoining the Indians’ rotation after his start on April 10 was rained out. He pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief last Saturday against the Royals, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits. Last season, Tomlin was 12-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 26 starts.
Hernandez opened the season with three starts against Oakland, giving up two runs over seven innings last Friday. He is 5-3 with a 2.80 ERA in 10 starts against the Indians, including two straight wins. Jack Hannahan is 7-for-15 (.467) with two home runs against Hernandez, who has allowed one home run in his first three starts.
1. Wednesday’s attendance of 11,343 was the all-time smallest crowd for a Mariners home game at Safeco Field, which opened in 1999.
2. Justin Smoak sat out Wednesday’s game with a tight hamstring, and he’ll be reevaluated on Thursday.
3. The Indians’ season-opening streak of eight straight games with a home run ended Wednesday.