Apr 2, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a single against the Cleveland Indians during the eighth inning in game one of a double header at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Oakland A’s: Game #3 Live Blog


Indians Trail A’s 2-0 in the Third Inning

We’re picking up on the action a bit late tonight. Here are where things currently stand. Also, feel free to comment below. Wahoo’s on First editor Brian Heise will be conversing and answering your questions throughout the remainder of the game. You can follow Brian on Twitter @WahoosBrian.

  • 10:00: Oakland took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. An RBI single by Jed Lowrie and an RBI double from Yoenis Cespedes opened up the scoring on the night. The Indians have threatened in both the top of the second inning and are currently threatening to score with two outs in the top of the third.
  • 10:05: After Carlos Santana walked to extend the inning and load the bases, Michael Brantley flew out to medium deep center to end the inning. The score remains 2-0 as we head to the bottom of the third.
  • 10:21: The Indians tie the game up in the top half of the fourth inning after Mike Aviles hits the first home run of the year for the Indians. As we head to the bottom of the 4th inning, we’re deadlocked at 2-2. Hopefully, Zach McAllister can continue to keep the potent A’s offense at bay.
  • 10:49: The Indians stranded a pair of runners after Carlos Santana doubled and Michael Brantley walked with two outs. Zach McAllister is still in the game as we head to the bottom of the fifth inning. He’s already over the 80 pitch mark, so don’t look for him to be in there much longer, unless he has a quick inning. Otherwise, Terry Francona is probably going to the pen.
  • 10:59: Marc Rzepczynski gets out of the inning without the A’s inflicting any damage. Meanwhile, the A’s still have Drew Pomeranz on the mound here in the top of the sixth inning. Pomeranz has not had much success at the big league level at this point in his career, so it would be great to see the Indians offense finally wake up and take advantage of the situation.  Right now, though, it looks like Pomeranz is effectively wild. Having a lot of trouble locating his pitches and the Indians have gotten some guys on against him, but they just can’t get that big hit they need.
  • 11:11: Terry Francona finally challenged a play and he was successful. Mike Aviles was thrown out on what looked like either a hit and run or a bad decision on trying to steal a base. Initially, it looked as it Aviles was out, but upon further review, Nick Punto missed the tag. Francona challenged, the umpired put on the headsets and moments later it was overturned. It was all for naught, though. A few batters later Ryan Raburn put a charge into one, but it ended up being nothing more than a very loud out to left field. The Indians remain down 3-2 as they head to the bottom of the sixth inning.
  • 11:30: The Indians have tied the game up thanks to Michael Brantley. Brantley drove in the tying run on a fielder’s choice. We’re locked up at 3-3 heading into the bottom half of the seventh inning. Buckle up.
  • 12:03: The A’s took the lead in the bottom half of the 7th inning. An Error by Michael Brantley (it was officially charged to him and ended his errorless innings streak) allowed the go ahead run to reach base. The run then scored when Bryan Shaw was unable to catch and tag first base for the third out of the inning. The run scored and now the Indians trails 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
  • 12:32: The Indians do the unthinkable and get the lead in the top of the ninth. A’s closer Jim Johnson has imploded, again. Michael Brantley came up huge with a bases loaded single to tie the game at 4-4. Josh Reddick‘s fielding error in right allowed Jason Kipnis to scamper home as well for the go ahead run. At 5-4, David Murphy delivered an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to score Carlos Santana. We’re headed to the bottom of the ninth with John Axford coming on and looking to rack up his second save of the season.
  • 12:42: John Axford slams the door shut with a 1, 2, 3 inning. The Indians win 6-4 and take the opening series of the season 2-1 over the A’s. They come back home for their home opener on Friday.


Source: FanGraphs

Tags: Cleveland Indians Zach McAllister

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

    We’re up and rolling here in the bottom half of the third inning with the Indians trailing 2-0. Have any questions or comments, feel free to post them here. I’ll be here all night.

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

    Brandon Moss just voluntarily bunted to get on base. Considering he has legitimate home run power, the waste of an at bat there by Moss is a win for the Indians. Cespedes follows it up by hitting into the inning ending double play. So again, what was the point? All Brandon Moss did was take the bat out of his own hand.

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

    That was a quality at bat by Asdrubal Cabrera. I’ve stated previously that I think he’s due for a bounce back season. It is almost mathematically impossible for him to be as bad as he was last season, especially at home. Also, throw in the fact that this is a contract year for him and no one should be surprised if he turns it around.

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

    Mike Aviles ties the game up at 2 with a laser beam home run to left. Brand new ball game in Oakland as they continue the top of the fourth inning.

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

    Also, if you picked Mike Aviles in the pool of “who will hit the Indians first home run of the season” well… why the hell did you pick Mike Aviles? #Indians

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

    That about figures. The Indians tie the game up and Zach McAllister comes right back and coughs the lead back up. That’s not demoralizing at all. He’s not out of trouble yet either. runners at the corners, two outs, and Donaldson up. This could become a bad inning in a hurry.

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

    And Drew Pomeranz is on the mound. Cue up all the the Ubaldo trade rage in 3…2…1…

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

    If Asdrubal swings at the first pitch of this at bat… i swear

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

    The Indians strand a pair of runners after Santana doubled and Brantley walked. They have wasted more run scoring opportunities than i can possibly keep track of this series.

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

    Mike Trout is really good at baseball, but i don’t think this subway commercial is a 100% accurate depiction of how he actually orders from subway.

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

    Pomeranz continues to say “hey, here’s the game. Go ahead and take it.” Looks like the Indians want no part of it. ANd now Elliot Johnson is pinch hitting for Lonnie Chisenhall. Buckle up.

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

    Terry Francona is challenging the non-tag by Nick Punto. This one is getting overturned. Aviles will be safe.

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

    Michael Brantley gets the job done. Drive home Kipnis to tie the game up at 3-3 here in the top of the seventh inning. it wasn’t pretty, but hey, it worked. A-Cab is up, two outs, runner on second. Now would be a good time for a double in the right field gap.

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

    Marc Rzepczynski did exactly what Terry Francona needed him to do. Gave home quality innings out of the pen and bridged the gap to the late inning guys. That’ll be huge, especially as this game continues to play out.

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

    Michael Brantley and Ryan Raburn just had a huge communication error out in centerfield. Brantley charged with the error and his 247 game errorless streak comes to an end. Both players converging on an easy fly ball, centerfielder (Brantley) has to take charge. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. runner on second and 1 out.

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

    …and Bryan Shaw throws a curve ball about 60 ft. Charged with a wild pitch. Donaldson advances to third with one out.

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

    Nice play by Aviles at second. Fields the grounder with the infield in and looks Donaldson back to the bag. text book. two down and Brandon Moss is up. If he wants to lay down another bunt, I wouldn’t oppose.

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

    Defense is really biting the Indians this inning. Brandon Moss drives home Donaldson because Shaw can’t handle the throw from Aviles as he’s covering first. That’s a run that never should have scored. terrible inning all around. 4-3 A’s.

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

    nice at bat by Raburn. now let’s hope Nick Swisher can come through.

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

    Base hit for Swisher. Indians currently moving 90 ft at a time. Another nice opposite field hit for the Tribe. Raburn at second, Siwsher at first, no one out. Kipnis batting.

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

    Tying run is 90 ft away. Look for Kipnis to get a jump and steal second to eliminate the game ending double play,

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

    couldn’t ask for a better situation right now. best hitter, 3-1 count, tying run at third.

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

    Brantley redeems himself, get the base hit to tie the game. Reddick error allows go ahead run to score. #clutch

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

    David Murphy comes through with a huge insurance run. Indians take a 6-4 lead. Jim Johnson walks off the mound to boo birds again.

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

    John Axford looks sharp tonight. In other words, he looks like the anti-Jim Johnson right now.

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

    Axford slams the door shut and the Indians win thanks to a 3 run rally in the ninth. Opening Day is Friday. See everyone then.