Cleveland’s Bauer whiffs fourteen as A’s lose again 9-4; long line of K signs along outfield wall for strikeout pitcher

May 30, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Cleveland Indians fans hang 18 K’s on the outfield wall as the Indians pitchers finished the game with 19 strikeouts during the ninth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians on May 30, 2017, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated Oakland 9-4. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Cleveland.- The A’s road woes continued Tuesday as the Cleveland Indians, behind Trevor Bauer’s sparkling performance beat the A’s 9-4. The A’s had their ace Sonny Gray on the mound and were hoping that Sonny would continue to show the form that he had two years ago. That, however, did not happen. The A’s did give Sonny some run support as they scored one in the second and two in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.

Sonny was cruising along for the first three innings holding the Indians scoreless. His downfall came in the fourth and fifth innings. The defending American League Champions showed the A’s why they won the pennant last year. They have a potent lineup, and their bats came to life and sent Gray down to his second loss of the year. Sonny went 4 and 2/3rds innings and allowed 7 runs and 9 hits. It was his worst game of the year.

The Indians plated two more and the A’s scored one, but the game was essentially over by the fifth inning.

Trevor Bauer was the pitching star for Cleveland. Bauer won his 5th of the season and struck out a career-high 14 batters. The Indian relievers struck out five more A’s hitters for a total of nineteen which is an A’s franchise record for a nine-inning game.

Trevor Plouffe and Rajai Davis each struck out four times as they earned themselves a “Golden Sombrero” Plouffe had this to say about the game:”It’s not what we want,” Plouffe said. “Unfortunately we haven’t been scoring a lot of runs, and that’s because we’re not getting on base, we’re not putting the ball in play a lot, and I’m a big part of that. I’ve been striking out a ton, and that’s just not part of my game. We gotta put the ball in play more and let the big guys hit the homers.”

The Indians are now 27-23 and are just two percentage points behind the Minnesota Twins for first place in the AL Central. The A’s drop to 22-29 and are resting in the basement of the AL West. They trail the Seattle Mariners by one game for fourth place in the division.

The two teams square off again on Wednesday evening in Cleveland. Game time is 3:10 pm. Sean Manaea (3-3, 4.35) will pitch for Oakland. Manaea beat the Yankees in New York last Friday, and the A’s are hoping that he will be able to stop the losing streak. If he pitches like he did last Friday, The A’s might win the game. The Indians will counter with righty Mike Clevinger who is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.82

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