It's been a rough few days for the Tribe's starting pitchers. Josh Tomlin got hit hard Wednesday and Danny Salazar struggled mightily on Thursday. Alas, Corey Kluber had no plans to keep that streak going.
It was Kluber who went six strong innings in the Indians 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon. Coming off a three hit outing Sunday against the Dodgers, Kluber again pounded the strike zone, throwing 74 strikes out of his 107 pitches. He allowed six hits and one earned run, while striking out nine.
The Diamondbacks got off to a quick start against Kluber, as Chris Owings and David Peralta doubled in the first to get Arizona on the board. Kluber settled down and allowed only three more hits over the next five innings.
Josh Collmenter started for Arizona and was very good. He doesn't throw hard, sitting in the upper 80's on the radar gun, but kept the Tribe off balance. Collmenter went seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and walking two. A game score of 72 shows how solid an outing this was for Collmenter.
The Tribe got on the board and tied the game in the seventh with a Ryan Rohlinger RBI double. I had to google Rohlinger, and while scanning the interwebs, noticed he's had a solid spring. It is likely he will add some AAA depth and versatility for the Indians.
The Diamondbacks jumped ahead for good in the eighth, scoring two runs off Cody Allen. One of Allen's runs were earned. Cleveland added one more run in the ninth off Diamondbacks' closer Addison Reed, but finished with just four hits on the day.
The Tribe returns to action Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. It's a big start for Zach McAllister, who could potentially lock up a spot in the rotation with a good outing. Game time is 4:05 ET. Here's hoping Old Rough and Ready goes out and earns that spot.