Rodriguez struggles, Indians lose to Athletics 7-2

Athletics sweep Indians at Progressive Field

James Rapien
May 22, 2019 - 4:24 pm
May 22, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Jefry Rodriguez (68) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Indians were swept by the Athletics on Wednesday, losing 7-2. Cleveland got off to a bad start in the first inning and never recovered. 

Starter Jefry Rodriguez allowed two runs in the first, without giving up a hit. He issued three walks in the inning and Oakland scored on a groundout and a sacrifice fly. 

Rodriguez's day was finished after four innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits, while issuing four walks. His ERA rose to 4.08 on the season. 

Indians starting pitchers issued 13 walks and hit three batters in this series. 

Jake Bauers got the Indians on the board in the eighth inning, with a two-run homer to center field. It was his fifth of the season and first since May 14. The ball traveled an estimated 450 feet and had an exit velocity of 107 mph.

The Tribe had runners in scoring position in multiple instances, but never got the key hit they needed. They had runners on second and third base with one out in the first, but Bauers struckout and José Ramírez hit a fly ball to left field. They had runners on second and third again in the second inning, but Francisco Lindor struckout to end the threat. 

The Indians left 10 runners on base. They fall to 25-23 on the season. Oakland has won six straight games. 

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Up Next – The Indians host the Rays in a four-game series starting on Thursday. Adam Plutko will get his second start of the year. He allowed one run, lasting six innings in his first outing against Baltimore. Ryne Stanek will pitch for Tampa Bay. He has an 0-1 record this season with a 3.70 ERA.