Miller has now allowed five total runs to the Dodgers in the last two games, more than he had allowed all season in his previous 50 games.
One location mistake tends to be the defining moment of a tightly contested ballgame. The four-run rally was allowed by Andrew Miller, whose ERA jumped to just 1.60 in the poor showing.
The Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Fields in the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s game in Cleveland.
In Toronto, rookie Jacob Faria dazzled again and Logan Morrison hit his 18th home run of the season.
In winning the first two games in Cleveland, the Dodgers have hit four home runs and stolen five bases. Bench coach Brad Mills took questions in his place. He made 63 relief appearances for Cleveland in 2013.
“I was having a hard time during the game”, he said Wednesday.
The teams look like two ships passing in the night.
Clayton Kershaw (9-2) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.
The three-time Cy Young Award victor yielded six hits, struck out four and walked two while throwing 101 pitches.
The Dodgers have had a good start to this series and now have a favorable pitching matchup. I want to say pay attention to details. It was just a pretty poor at-bat. “I obviously misread the swing”.
Cody Bellinger went yard twice and added a double for the Dodgers, but did not give any one-fingered waves to the fans.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor moved him over to third base with a bloop single down the right-field line, and left fielder Michael Brantley brought the Indians’ first run across the plate with an RBI sacrifice fly to right. “We do not condone this type of behavior”, the Mets said in a statement. “It doesn’t matter who we’re facing”. He has lost a couple games.
Cleveland tied it in the fifth inning when Roberto Perez led off the inning by lining his first home run of the year into the left-field bleachers, a drive estimated at 430 feet. “And the best part is he’s going to continue to get better”.
Kershaw cleaned up his ledger with two scoreless innings before Pedro Baez set down all three hitters he faced.
“He’s one of the best relievers in the game and is super deceptive”, Bellinger said. I missed with the one to fall behind in the count. “But sometimes, when it is in bad taste, you get emotional”.
Francona felt ill late in Tuesday’s 7-5 loss and did not meet with reporters afterward.
Anyway, Indians fans will get to see their ace on the mound tonight, when Corey Kluber makes his third start since returning from injury. Three walks isn’t ideal, but when it’s paired with five strikeouts and just six hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s far from awful.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016.