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Cleveland Indians embarrassed by the Chicago Cubs 17-0

Yes, you read that right: the score was 17-0.

Ryan Raburn pitched tonight; that's all you really need to know about tonight's game.
Ryan Raburn pitched tonight; that's all you really need to know about tonight's game.
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Cubs 17, Indians 0

box score

Indians fall to 30-34

Absolutely nothing good came from this stinker. The Cubs chased Shaun Marcum in the third inning, and would score 10 runs by the third inning. Marcum obviously wasn't very good, but he also wasn't helped when Carlos Santana whiffed on a ball down the line in the second; the play was ruled a triple, and would plate Chicago's first run of the night. Marcum would allow five more runs in that inning, and even though he came out for the third, it was inevitable that he'd be pulled.

When Nick Hagadone couldn't get out of the third inning, Terry Francona had to go to another pitcher (Ryan Webb). Webb would go 2 innings, but because Hagadone couldn't get an out, that would lead to strange happenings in the ninth inning. The Cubs would be held in check in until the ninth, when Francona went to Ryan Raburn, who was the last position player to pitch for the Indians. Unlike his last appearance, Rabun would give up some runs, and would be removed after making 25 pitches. When Francona pulled Raburn, it was rather appropriate that David Murphy, his platoon partner, would come in to pitch. Murphy should have gotten out of the inning when he induced a popup off the bat of David Ross, but the ball fell into shallow center field, and once again the floodgates were opened. Kris Bryant, who strangely enough had been held hitless to the point, would place the exclamation point on the evening with a grand slam.

The Cubs finished with 17 runs on 18 hits, with six of those hits going for extra bases. All nine of the Chicago starters had least one hit, and what's even crazier is that the Cubs left 17 on base. Kyle Schwarber, who was making his first MLB start, had four hits on the night, which probably set some sort of franchise record. Chris Coughlan reached base five times (two hits, three walks); the Indians as a team reached base six times (four hits, two walks).

The offense was shut down by Tsuyoshi Wada, who had failed to get out of the fourth inning in each of his last two starts. Tonight's start was only the second time in his MLB career that we went seven innings, and was only the third time in 19 career starts that he didn't allow a run.

The best thing you can say about tonight's embarrassment is that it only counts for one loss in the standings. If the Indians win tomorrow's game by one run, they'll split the home portion of this series having scored 16 fewer runs than the Cubs.

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Source: FanGraphs

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