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Indians dominated by Taijuan Walker and the Mariners

Offense two nights in a row was too much to ask.

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Mariners 2, Indians 1

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Tribe falls to 22-26

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Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker was one of the most highly rated prospects in baseball before his prospect status ended last season. He hadn't been living up to that billing this season, entering play tonight with a 7.33 ERA in nine starts. None of his previous 17 MLB starts ended without him giving up at least 1 run and issuing at least one walk. Nothing to help a pitcher get his season on track like facing the weak version of the Tribe's Jekyll and Hyde offense.

The Indians managed just 2 lousy hits, both of them singles, during 8 innings against Walker. No one walked against him (come back soon, Carlos!), and no one got as far as even second base. Walker tied his career high with 8 strikeouts. The only time the Tribe threatened was in the 9th, when Jason Kipnis (who had one of those two huts off Walker) drew a walk against Seattle closer (and noted archer) Fernando Rodney, then came in to score when Ryan Raburn tripled. Alas, Michael Brantley could not extend the rally.

That one lonely run was almost enough, could even have been enough, if not for one Trevor Bauer pitch that ended poorly.

Bauer gave up a pair of singles in the 1st, but picked one of them off, and got help from Roberto Perez, who nabbed the other one on a stolen base attempt. Bauer settled in and looked great during the next couple innings, with almost nothing hit hard. After an infield single in the 4th though, Bauer walked a couple batters, running his pitch count up in a hurry. He rebounded from that and struck out the side in the 5th, 1-2-3, then struck out the leadoff man in the 6th. Next up was Nelson Cruz, who singled, and then Seth Smith, who blasted one into the right field seats. Bauer was sent back out for the 7th, and struck out the side again, but as I already explained, the Tribe offense couldn't overcome two runs.

Trevor struck out 10 in 7 innings of work, giving the Indians 11 games already this season in which their starter reached double figures in K's. To provide some context for that, no other team has more than 5 such games. The Indians are on pace for 37 such games; the MLB record (held by the 2001 Diamondbacks) is 35; the AL record (held by the 1973 Angels) is 32.

Tonight's loss isn't on Trevor Bauer, it (like so many losses during the lat couple months) falls on the offense, which didn't do nearly enough.

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