Triston McKenzie coughed up five runs in four innings and a third while everyone but José Ramírez struggled through a 7-3 loss in Seattle.
Triston McKenzie danced around danger until Dylan Moore’s three-run blast in the fourth inning put Cleveland down for good in a 7-3 loss. José Ramírez doubled three times, but Cleveland’s idea of a rally included two RBI groundouts instead.
In a battle of former first-round draft picks it is the one Cleveland gave away who emerged victorious.
Justus Sheffield allowed two runs in six innings of work for Seattle; meanwhile, a wobbly start from Triston McKenzie and an inability to string together hits thwarted Cleveland in tonight’s 7-3 loss. José Ramírez paced the offense with three doubles and a walk but inspired only a Harold Ramirez home run out of his comrades. The Indians fall to 21-16 and wrap up the weekend series with Seattle tomorrow afternoon with Shane Bieber scheduled to start.
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Sheffield worked ahead and forced Cleveland hitters to react. He threw a first-pitch strike to 15 of 24 batters faced, usually leading with his sinker. A few hitters — Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes being the most noteworthy — received off-speed pitches to lead their at-bats. It was a well-tailored strategy and Cleveland couldn’t adjust.
José Ramírez did not need to adjust. Sheffield hunted all over the zone for a place to beat Ramírez. He found nothing. This finally led to damage in the sixth inning when Cleveland pushed runners to second and third with no outs. Franmil Reyes grounded out but drove in a run. Eddie Rosario then did the same.
Runs are runs, and milking two out of any inning should be considered a win. Unfortunately, the big hits never came at the right time.
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