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Game Of The Week Preview: Indians vs. Mariners 4:10PM ET

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The Series:

In Thursday night’s series opener at Safeco Field, the Indians were able to take the 5-3 win after RHP Corey Kluber (3.52, 3-5) fanned thirteen in seven innings of work, allowing just seven hits and three runs.

The Indians took a 1-0 lead after Brandon Moss hit his eighth home run of the season. Seattle’s catcher Mike Zunino then hit his seventh home run of the season to tie the game at one run a piece. In the top of the fourth Jason Kipnis hit a RBI single and loaded the bases to make it a 2-1 ballgame. Mike Aviles then drove in another RBI for a 3-1 game loading the bases once again and adding the Indians run count to three. But, the Indians then made it a 4-1 ballgame when Michael Brantley grounded out.

Kipnis made franchise history as he recorded his 48th hit in the month of May.

LHP James Paxton (3.70, 3-3) who started for the Mariners pitched just 4.2 innings allowing eight hits and four runs, three earned, while striking out four batters.

Kluber earned the win as Paxton was charged with the loss.

In the second game of the series on Friday night RHP Trevor Bauer (2.97, 4-2) took the start for the Indians but took the loss as the Mariners tied the series with a 2-1 win. RHP Taijuan Walker (6.18, 2-5) earned the win as he made his strongest start of the season pitching eight shutout innings with just two hits allowed while striking out eight batters.

Seattle’s Seth Smith hit his fifth homerun of the season, a two run on a fly ball to center for a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the ninth Ryan Rayburn hit his first triple of the season off of Mariners’ closer RHP Fernando Rodney that would send Jason Kipnis home to score and put Seattle on the board.

Bauer got the loss with seven innings of work, allowing six hits and two runs; striking out an impressive ten batters.

Rodney earned his fourteenth save of the season after one inning allowing one hit and one earned run; striking out one.

In the third game of the series on Saturday night, Nick Swisher helped the Indians take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a sac fly off of Seattle’s LHP Roenis Elias (ERA 2.91) to score Mike Aviles.

In the top of the second, Jerry Sands hit his first homerun of the season, a two run shot on a fly ball to left to give Cleveland the 3-0 lead.

In the top of the third, Robinson Cano, ho had been suffering from the flu, hit just his second homerun of the season off of RHP Shaun Marcum (ERA 6.00) while Seth Smith was on base to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

Probable Starters:

Indians:

RHP Danny Salazar (3.65, 5-1) is the probable starter for Cleveland on Sunday afternoon. He got a no decision in his last start as the Indians lost to the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday. After 5.2 innings he exited the game after cutting his finger on the seam of the baseball. In that appearance he allowed six hits, and three earned runs while striking out six batters.

Mariners:

LHP J.A. Happ (3.71, 3-1) is the probable starter for Seattle in the fourth game of the series. In his last start he got a no decision as the Mariners went on to beat the Rays 7-6. Happ pitched six innings in that start, allowing seven hits and three runs; striking out three batters.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Indians:

2B Jason Kipnis (.345)

3B Mike Aviles (.284)

CF Michael Brantley (.308)

LF Ryan Rayburn (.315)

DH Nick Swisher (.234)

C Yan Gomes (.133)

1B Brandon Moss (.222)

RF Jerry Sands (.348)

SS Jose Ramirez (.187)

Mariners:

CF Austin Jackson (.232)

3B Kyle Seager (.270)

2B Robinson Cano (.255)

DH Nelson Cruz (.342)

RF Seth Smith (.268)

1B Logan Morrison (.240)

C Mike Zunino (.187)

SS Brad Miller (.227)

LF Dustin Ackley (.177)

 

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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