Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Entering Thursday’s afternoon affair, the Indians had the worst winning percentage of any team in the Majors in day games.
They did nothing to disprove that point against Oakland in another ugly outing, getting shelled by the A’s 12-7.
The loss puts the Indians 21 games under .500, and continues one of their worst months in team history, as the team is now 5-22 in August with one game left Friday night vs the Rangers.
The team is at least happy to see the A’s go, as Oakland, fighting with Tampa and Baltimore for a wild card spot, beat the Indians 8 of 10 times in 2012.
They outscored the Indians in the 10 games by a full 30 runs, 59-29, and Oakland batters hit over .290 against the Indians in those games.
Thursday’s script was somewhat like Wednesday night’s, as Jason Kipnis got the Indians to a 1-0 lead in the first, but the wheels came off the Indians after Coco Crisp tied it on a solo homer in the 3rd to make it 1-1.
Justin Masterson was on the end of letting the wheels come off, as he let two guys at the bottom of the A’s order hitting under .200 crush him for five runs.
The A’s worked the bases loaded with two outs, bringing up catcher George Kottaras, who was hitting .148 into the at-bat.
He lined a laser double to right-center, clearing the bases and giving the A’s a 4-1 lead. The next batter, Cliff Pennington, was hitting .186 into the at-bat, and he clubbed his 2nd homer of the season, a two-run shot to make it 6-1.
Jack Hannahan singled to right center to score Ezequiel Carrera to get the Indians to 6-2 in the 4th, but the A’s just kept scoring.
A leadoff single in the 5th was followed by a two-run homer by Josh Reddick, his 27th HR of the season to make it an 8-2 game.
Again the Indians got a run back in the 5th, as Shin-Soo Choo grounded out to score Kipnis who had doubled, making it an 8-3 game.
With Masterson gone, the A’s punched two more in the sixth off Chris Seddon to make it a 10-3 lead. Stepehen Drew hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to score Pennington, and Reddick followed up with a RBI single.
Not to be outdone, the Indians pushed three across in the 6th, with the team getting a bases loaded walk to Kipnis to make it 10-4, and then Choo lined a single to center to score two more to get it to 10-6.
Oakland drew four walks in the 7th off reliever Tony Sipp, scoring a run on sac fly to get it to 11-6.
The Indians got it to 11-7 in the 7th when with two outs, Lou Marson singled to shallow right, scoring Carlos Santana.
The Tribe used five pitchers in the loss, going to closer Chris Perez in the 9th just to get some work in. He was greeted with a solo homer by Josh Donaldson to make it a 12-6 game.
Friday the homestand, now at 1-6 for the Indians, continues as the Rangers come to town for the first of three games.