March 31, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; General view of O.co Coliseum with the tarp on the field in rain before an opening day baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Oakland A's: Season Opening Live Blog


Discuss Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland A’s, Live

The Cleveland Indians open up the 2014 season tonight when they take on the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum, formerly known as Oakland Coliseum. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 pm.

Taking the mound for the Indians will be their ace, Justin Masterson. In 2013, Masterson posted a 14-10 record with a 3.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and .624 OPS. He also posted a career high 9.09 K/9 and earned his first trip to the All-Star game. As for the A’s, they will counter with Sonny Gray. Gray is making his first career Opening Day start in his first full big league season. In 10 starts and 12 appearances in 2013, Gray went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. As one of the tp pitching prospects in baseball, a lot is expected of Sonny Gray heading into 2014.

Tonight’s lineups for the first game of the season are as follows:

Cleveland               Oakland

1. Nyjer Morgan, CF                   1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Nick Swisher, 1B                    2. Josh Donaldson, 3B
3. Jason Kipnis, 2B                    3. Jed Lowrie, SS
4. Carlos Santana, 3B               4. Brandon Moss, DH
5. Michael Brantley, LF             5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
6. Ryan Raburn, DH                  6. John Jaso, C
7. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS          7. Josh Reddick, RF
8. Daniel Murphy, RF                8. Daric Barton, 1B
9. Yan Gomes, C                        9. Eric Sogard, 2B

If you are watching the game, feel free to add your thoughts and opinions in the comments below. I will also be commenting so please, feel free to interact. This post will also be updated as the game progresses outlining highlights and key moments from the first game of the season.


Source: FanGraphs

  • The Indians had such a huge opportunity in the first inning and couldn’t capitalize. Two runners on base, no one out, and Sonny Gray on the ropes and they couldn’t get the hit they needed to break the game open. Meanwhile, Gray looked much better in the second inning and appears to have settled in. The one saving grace, his pitch count is already at 48 pitches. If the Indians keep up their patient approach, this could be a short outing for him. As for Masterson, he looks great so far.
  • Through the first three innings, the A’s and Indians are deadlocked at 0-0. Justin Masterson is pitching great and Sonny Gray has settled in after a rocky first inning. One point worth mentioning, Carlos Santana made a play on an infield pop-up. It served as proof that Carlos Santana playing third base really is happening. It’s not a figment of our imaginations.
  • In the top of the fourth, the Indians had a great opportunity to score and couldn’t get the job done. Santana walked to lead things off and Brantley doubled to put runners at second and third with no outs. Raburn struck out, Cabrera swung at the first pitch, grounded to the pitcher and Santana got caught in a run down, and then Murphy grounded out weakly to end the inning. It was about as bad as it sounds. Probably worse. Meanwhile, Masterson continues to mow down the A’s.
  • The Indians get another great opportunity and can’t get a run across the plate. In more important news, we got to see the chaos that the new home plate collision rule will bring to the game. Trerry Francona challenged whether or not John Jaso was blocking the plate. He might have been… maybe. Who knows? What you can see, though, is that catchers aren’t just going to stop blocking the plate. They’ve been playing one way for years. They aren’t going to suddenly stop blocking it. That’s instinctive.
  • The Indians have finally found their way into the A’s bullpen, but it hasn’t mattered much. They still haven’t been able to push a run across the plate. Meanwhile, Masterson just completed his seventh inning of work. The A’s have had no answers for him. Whereas the Indians have had more than their fair share of scoring opportunities, the A’s have had no chances to push runs across the board. The Indians have stranded 8 runners, the A’s have stranded only 4.
  • The Indians go into their bullpen and disaster nearly strikes. Cody Allen gives up a 400 foot single to Josh Donaldson off the top of the wall in center. Daric Barton didn’t run, so he didn’t score. Allen then retired the next two batters to end the inning.
  • The Indians finally broke through. A sac fly from Nyjer Morgan and an RBI single from Nick Swisher has the Indians up 2-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth. New closer John Axford is on his way into the game to close this one out.
  • John Axford’s first outing as an Indians is a little shaky, but he gets the job done. After walking two guys, Axford retires the side to end the game and give the Indian a 2-0 victory.

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  • Brian Heise

    Little over a half hour to go until the first pitch. Who is excited?

  • Nick

    Let’s go Tribe!! Let’s get the season started off right.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Yoenis Cespedes is being emphasized on the pregame as the hitter Justin Masterson needs to stop. Yeah, keeping Cespedes from hitting a ball 700 feet should be towards the top of the to do list.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Nothing says Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians like Dick Enberg… wait, what?

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    More teams should utilize the green and gold color combo, and not just in baseball. It’s highly underused. Green in general is underused. That concludes this edition of uniform fashion watch.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    four striaght balls to start the game… sure, why not swing at the first pitch?

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Loving the patience by the Indians. Making Gray work. Obviously nerves are an issue at the moment. If Kipnis can get a hit here, the flood gates could open. 1-0 to Kipnis

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Santana missed a two run double by about a foot, if even.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    gotta take advantage of that mistake

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    can’t believe the A’s got out of that. That sucked.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Eric Sogard just did Ryan Raburn dirty. Slick back handed pick at second.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Eric Sogard… you can stop that

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Yan Gomes is stepping up to the plate, aka staff writer Kyle Downing’s man crush.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    there is such a enormous and awkward difference between Yan Gomes is a Brazilian and Yan Gomes HAS a Brazilian… #Analysis

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    So Mike Trout homered in his first at bat. That new contract already feels like a bargain.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Interesting that the A’s were actually considering making changes to Cespedes’ swing. Also, Matt Underwood just mentioned John Jaso’s high OBP last season like he was surprised. JASO IS AN OBP MACHINE!! THIS IS NOT NEW!

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    I love Josh Reddick. Might be one of my favorite non-Indians in all of baseball.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Sonny Gray just made Kip look silly

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Rick Manning and Matt Underwood are having a thorough discussion about sod and drainage. It’s as exciting as it sounds, i assure you.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    After a lead off walk to Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley doubles down the first base line. Santana is held up at third and the Indians have runners at second and third with no out. Let’s see how they screw this one up…. i kid. But seriously.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    So this is just about the worst thing ever. Raburn strikes out. Cabrera swings at the first pitch…. surprise!… and Santana caught in a run down. two down. no runs scored yet.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    And the A’s get out of the inning without giving up a run. runners at second and third with no outs and they can’t get a run across. and let the overreactions begin!

    for the record, I’m first in line. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!!!

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Nyjer Morgan just bunted. somewhere, Ed Carroll’s head is exloding. Also, it looks like the AL Wild Card performance has carried over to April. Who knew that could happen? Seriously…

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Masterson has 49 pitches heading into the fifth. Sonny Gray had 48 after 2… and it’s still 0-0.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Carlos Santana does such a great job of making pitchers work. Sure, he just popped out, but he made Sonny Gray throw a lot of pitches to do it. That’s a win.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Michael Brantley just misses a home run and ends up with a double. Ryan Raburn singles to Josh Reddick, the only guy you absolutely do not run on. Asdrubal swings at the first pitch… of course… Brantley gunned down at the plate. You can’t make this stuff up.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Also, we’re seeing exactly how big of a mess this review and home plate collision rule are going to be.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Indians waste yet another opportunity. David Murphy strikes out to end the inning and the threat.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    aaaaaaaaaand we’re still scoreless heading into the bottom of the 7th

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Santana is down in the count. Can he work another full count? He’s back to even at 2-2.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    after a leadoff single by Jason Kipnis, the Indians proceed to go in order. they also have 11 k’s. no bueno.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Tito finally goes to the pen. Opts to go with Scrabble to start the 8th. Daric Barton leads off with a single.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com Ed Carroll

    I love how this thread is almost entirely Brian

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    i know. it’s just me, talking to myself. it’s glorified notes for the recap at this point.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com Ed Carroll

    at least you’re honest with youself. don’t blame ya for trying. think the late night killed any real chance of this tho.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    oh totally. i knew this was doomed from the start.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    huge mistake by Daric Barton on that shot by Josh Donaldson. should have been running. Indians can turn 2 now and get out of this unscathed.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    ANd the Indians escape the bottom of the eighth still locked up in a 0-0 tie. unreal.

    • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com Ed Carroll

      0-0 ties have never happened ever before I cannot believe any of this anymore i’m sleep deprived right?

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com Ed Carroll

    Tom Hamilton is basically explaining why saves are idiotic without *quite* getting the irony.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Hahaha would you prefer he analyze nyjer morgan’s fifth inning bunt?

    • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com Ed Carroll

      UGHHHHH way too early in the season for that nonsense.

  • http://www.wahoosonfirst.com/ Brian Heise

    Nick Swisher… knockin’ in runs, bro!

  • Gary

    Offense is scary. Same ole Cabrera not driving in runs. And Santana not either.
    I know it’s one first game of season and winning opener is always great.
    Between the lack of offense and Axford pitching like Perez is going to make it a long season.
    Keep your fingers crossed. Go Tribe!