cheap Corey Kluber jersey pitched like cheap Corey Kluber jersey Friday night as the Indians jerseys opened a three game weekend series against the visiting Baltimore Orioles jerseys at Progressive Field.
And the Indians jerseys offense played likewell, the Indians jerseys offense for 10 innings before veteran utility man Mike Aviles sent an 11th inning lead off drive against Orioles jerseys reliever cheap Brian Matusz jersey into the left field corner bleachers for a 2 1 victory.
With so many veteran Tribe players missing time due to injuries designated hitter Nick Swisher (knee) and right fielder David Murphy (oblique) being two recent sidelined the Indians jerseys offense has struggled to even give Kluber (who doesn’t require a whole lot) of run support.
Before Aviles’ game winning hit, the Indians jerseys only two previous runs over their previous 26 innings came sandwiched between solo home runs by newcomer Zack Walters a game winner in the first game of a doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys Wednesday and in the fifth inning Friday.
Ironically, cheap authentic jerseys it was Walters’ strikeout with two men on in the ninth inning that sent the game into extra innings with the score knotted 1 1.
An eighth inning run was all Kluber allowed during his time on the mound, limiting the O’s to five hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings. Kluber’s 10 strikeout performance marked his eighth double digit effort of the season.
The only pitcher with more double digit strikeout games this year is Detroit Tigers jerseys newcomer cheap David Price jersey, who has 10 to his credit. Racking up that many strikeouts is so rare for an Indians jerseys pitcher, Kluber’s feat marks just the 11th in Indians jerseys history and the first since Dennis Eckersley did it in 1976.
Kluber showed signs of bending, but not breaking Friday. In the third inning, two base hits and a walk by the O’s quickly loaded the bases. But Kluber didn’t flinch, rebounding to strike out cheap Chris Davis jersey and cheap Adam Jones jersey to escape the threat.
In the bottom of the inning, Tribe rookie outfielder cheap Tyler Holt jersey recorded the first hit off Orioles jerseys starter Wei Yin Chen with a textbook bunt single that trickled down the third base line.
Later in the fifth, another Tribe rookie in Walters snapped the scoreless tie when he led off against the lefty Chen with the homer in an odd at bat. Walters took such an awkward swing on his first cut, he instantly winced and grabbed his lower left back, prompting manager Terry Francona and a trainer to hustle out of the dugout to check on him.
Walters stayed in the game and ended the at bat with a home run that just cleared Progressive Field’s 19 foot wall in left center field. But only after surviving a two minute and 14 second crew chief challenge that ultimately handed Walters his second homer since joining the Indians jerseys last week when Murphy went down.
That was all the offensive action for five innings until the game altering eighth. Despite having already thrown 104 pitches, Kluber came back out to start the inning. He struck out Davis for the fourth consecutive time, recording the first out of the inning for his final strikeout.
But a lengthy controversy over whether Jones’ hand was hit by a Kluber pitch or by his own foul ball ensued, allowing Baltimore manager Buck Showalter to delay the action, obviously trying to throw Kluber off his rhythm. Originally the umpires gathered to get another look at the play, only to find out it wasn’t of the reviewable kind under the current replay rules.
In the meantime, Kluber refused to take a few warm up pitches like most pitchers do during long delays, not wanting to waste any of the precious few pitches he had left. Once the action finally was underway again, Jones weakly grounded out to the mound for the second out.